Mark Ronson will not be DJing at Suri Cruise’s second birthday party, the Grammy award winning star has revealed.
He told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM radio show: “That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.
“I saw the reports online. I did DJ at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’wedding - so I guess somebody thought it would have been a funny storyto make up.
“Could you imagine the inappropriateness of having someone playing really loud music at a two-year-old’s party?”
When asked if he would DJ at the tot’s birthday party - if he wasgiven the opportunity, Ronson, 32, said: “I don’t think so. No offense- I’m just kinda busy making records. I haven’t been DJing Barmitzvahs, weddings or birthdays lately.”
Mark Ronson "Man on fire"
For Mark Ronson, business is good. In the space of two weeks he has won a Grammy for Best Producer and a Brit Award for Best British Male Artist.
Back To Black, the album he helped produce for his friend Amy Winehouse, is knocking on the No 1 spot in America while his album of covers, Version, has reached the top five in the UK. And now, to top the lot, we've put him on our Spring 2008 Style cover.
Tall, slim and boyishly handsome, 32-year-old Ronson is remarkably at ease in front of our camera; but then this is a man having the time of his life.
"Oh, it's been a completely mad time," he says, nonchalantly lighting a cigarette from a flaming guitar for our cover shoot. "Probably the best two weeks of my life."
If 2008 is Ronson's year – and it most definitely is – it's not just down to his music or his looks but also the way he dresses. He's become a style icon for men who've grown out of babyish sportswear, who want to look sharp and tailored without losing their cool.
Ronson has his own style heroes, mostly from the same era that influences his music: the sleek, buttoned-down mid-Sixties. He looks like a 1965-model Paul McCartney; it's no surprise he is fascinated with Bob Dylan.
"Seeing him in Don't Look Back was the turning point. It was 1967 and he was the coolest-looking guy ever. I definitely ate a bit of his style after watching that," he says.
The compliment was repaid when Dylan consented to let Ronson rework Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine) last year, the first time a remix of one of his songs had ever appeared.
At shows, Ronson reproduces his studio tracks with a tight, live soul band – and he insists that they dress the part, too.
"Blue Note and Motown are the influence for my shows," he says. "The musicians in those days looked so sharp. For the Brits we had the red, white and blue idea, with the orchestra in white, the band in red and me in blue.
"Except we couldn't find a blue tuxedo, so I had one made. It felt a bit diva-ish but it was a night to make an effort."
At this point the stylist begins to tease Ronson's hair for the photo shoot. He begs her in the politest terms not to give him the ruffled, boyish look he is sporting in a reference photo on the table.
"Let's just turn that into a paper aeroplane, shall we?" he smiles, offering an insight into the way he manages artists in the studio. For such an influential dresser, Ronson was a late convert to fashion.
"When I got to my twenties I had this realisation that men looked better in clothes that were well made and fitted them properly. In the past, the most I'd spent on an item of clothing was a couple of hundred dollars on some nice trainers.
"Dior was the first shop I ever tried for high-end fashion. But then everyone started ripping off Hedi Slimane so I moved on. My thing is not only skinny pencil jeans and Camden fashion, it's a little more developed than that."
Last year, Ronson did a fashion shoot for an American magazine in Paris that depicted him in scenes from his favourite movies, and the process helped to focus his style.
"I was obsessed with Alain Delon in Le Samouraï and Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless and paying homage to them in that shoot really helped fix the idea in my head," he says.
It seems that Ronson can do no wrong at the moment. He even makes the cardie, once the most derided piece of knitwear, an essential item.
"It's weird to think people are looking at my style objectively," he says in a slow, slightly adenoidal transatlantic drawl.
"I may have worn a few cardigans but I don't recall pushing the look down anyone's throat. I actually think it comes from liking Morrissey."
Ronson covered The Smiths' Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before on Version – and received death threats from the band's most protective fans for his trouble – but his upbeat take is a million miles removed from that of the master miserablist.
And in a gloomy time of high-street homogeneity, his look is elegant, assured and aspirational. He draws the line however, at the term "metrosexual".
"I think of the metrosexual as someone into grooming and plucking and toiletries, and I would never go that far," he demurs.
"I wouldn't spend an hour getting ready to go to a movie, but for something like an awards or a red-carpet party you go the extra mile. Most of the time I'm pretty casual, though. I spend a lot of time in the studio and I can assure you I don't sit around like Phil Spector in a ruffle shirt and pointy boots all day.
"And if I was obsessed by my image there's no way I would wear a pair of trousers with a stain on them," he says, rubbing a mark on his black Acne jeans.
Perhaps aspirational is the wrong term for someone who was born so well-connected. He is the son of Laurence Ronson, manager of Eighties pop group Bucks Fizz, and socialite Ann Dexter.
Relatives on his father's side include property tycoon Gerald Ronson while his mother's family includes two former senior Tory politicians, Lord Brittan, once Home Secretary, and Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former Foreign Secretary.
Ronson lived with his family in St John's Wood, London, until he was eight, but when his parents split his mother moved to the US and married Mick Jones, lead singer of Foreigner. In New York, the family mingled with pop royalty and he became a society fixture.
Ronson was brought up on Manhattan's Upper West Side and at private school was a contemporary of actress Liv Tyler. His sister Samantha recorded for Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella label and DJs, while her twin, Charlotte, is a designer with her own stores in New York and Tokyo.
Yet there are no airs and graces about Ronson, who arrived today with neither entourage nor attitude. If Ronson's upbringing gave him anything, it was good manners. Well, that and an obsession with music.
"I was influenced by my dad and his friends, not so much who they were as what they did. I was motivated by music. It was a case of, 'If you finish your homework you can go and use the recording studio,'" he says. As a child he travelled back and forth across the Atlantic to see his father, and those trips further shaped his style.
"I recall bringing back some steel-tipped Dr Martens when I was about 12. Then when I was 14 I began playing in my first band, which had an early Seventies Sly And The Family Stone-type funk influence, so I'd raid my mum's wardrobe for flowery print shirts and psychedelic-looking overcoats. I even had my hair chopped in a bowl cut like the Stone Roses.
"When I was 13 I put a blond streak in my hair, then it grew out," he recalls.
"My mum encouraged me to get it put back in for my bar mitzvah because she didn't want me to look like all the other kids."
Like all teenagers, Ronson went through phases, each defined by his changing musical tastes. In the early Nineties he discovered rave music and wore huge baggy trousers and platform trainers.
A year later, he became obsessed with hip-hop and began his DJ career playing at New York clubs. There he built a solid reputation and impressed big hitters including Jay-Z.
In 1998, Jennifer Lopez hired him for Sean 'P Diddy' Combs's 29th birthday bash. Throughout his stint behind the decks, Ronson avoided the B-boy look favoured by rappers, although he was influenced by the Beastie Boys.
"They were my template," he says. "They brought back the Pumas with the fat laces and I'd wear them with jeans and a hoodie, but that's as far as I got. I was always careful not to pretend to be something I wasn't."
Around this time, Ronson took up the offer of a couple of modelling jobs for Tommy Hilfiger and the hip urban label Triple Five Soul. Hilfiger shot him alongside sons and daughters of the New York elite.
While modelling held no long-term appeal, it did give him a chance to meet girls, notably Rashida Jones, daughter of producer Quincy, who he was engaged to for a year, and supermodel Frankie Rayder.
It also led him towards a new career when the fashion set started to appreciate him for his considerable skills as a DJ. He racked up the dollars spinning records at private parties and for a while was ubiquitous at any catwalk do, to the point where he was handed a cameo in 2001's Zoolander, the movie that lampooned the entire fashion scene.
"I was omnipresent at those gigs, which led to them putting me in the movie," he explains.
"It was a bit of a backhanded compliment but I was such a big Ben Stiller fan that I didn't care."
Realising he was heading up a creative dead end, Ronson quit playing the parties to concentrate on his own music. "I found the DJ work confining. I didn't like the idea that I'd become a male 'celebutante' success story.
"I realised the only way to lose the tag was to stop playing the parties. It hurt because it was such easy money but I decided to focus on my career long-term."
He used the money he'd made to set up his own studio and began to fly over to the UK to DJ at the Notting Hill Arts Club in London – losing money each time he did so – where his skills were taken at face value.
It was through these gigs that he came into contact with Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen. The latter introduced herself by pinning a badge through his brand-new leather Dior jacket:
"It was the most expensive thing I owned but I was quite drunk so I didn't mind that much at the time."
When asked about Winehouse's high-profile battle with drugs, Ronson says, "She's been through a hellish time and I'm glad to have been there for her and to have stood next to her on stage at the Brits. She's a great girl.
"People love her because, despite all the rubbish that's written about her, they know she's famous because she's talented, not because of the horror stories.
"She's one of my favourite people. She's witty, strong and she's got that old/new thing going on, like me."
Like Winehouse, Ronson has had relationship troubles recently, having split with girlfriend Cosi Theodoli-Braschi, an artist and photographer whom he had dated for three years.
So perhaps every silver-lined suit does have a cloud. "It's just one of those things," he sighs. "I don't have time to dwell on it. It's all work and travel at the moment. I can hardly complain."
The man even wears his sadness well.
The album "Version" is out now.