Alanis Morissette claims she wasn't allowed to look Vanilla Ice in the eye while touring with him

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Alanis Morissette says she "averted [her] eyes" whenever she was near Vanilla Ice during their tour in the early Nineties (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Alanis Morissette has confirmed that she wasn’t allowed to make direct eye contact with Vanilla Ice while touring with him in the early 1990s.

The ‘You Oughta Know’ singer - who recently announced she’s about to embark on a series of anniversary shows - appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, where she was asked by a fan what her favourite part about opening for the rapper was all those years ago.

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They also quizzed her on whether there was any truth to the rumour that the ‘Ice Ice Baby’ hitmaker wasn’t keen on his support act looking at him backstage.

“Yeah, I mean a lot of artists are overwhelmed by incredible, large amounts of stimuli, and I think me looking at him would have overstimulated him, so I just... averted my eyes,” Morissette explained, as Cohen laughed: “That is the best answer ever.”

This week, New York’s Broadhurst Theatre kicked off Jagged Little Pill, a rock musical based on Morissette’s iconic album and similarly-titled book by screenwriter Diablo Cody.

Directed by Diane Paulus and centring on themes of pain, healing and empowerment, it follows the Healys - Mary Jane, Steve, their teenage son Nick and adopted daughter Frankie - as they try to keep up the pretence of being a picture-perfect suburban family.

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Morissette’s ninth studio album, entitled Such Pretty Forks in the Road, is expected to be released in May 2020.

She is set to hit the stage in June 2020 in celebration of ‘Jagged Little Pill’ turning 25, alongside Liz Phair and Garbage. The 31-date tour will see her stop off in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Nashville.