SIR Cliff Richard has quit Britain for New York to escape baseless sex abuse slurs.
He is said to love his “anonymity” there after the sex storm and court battle over BBC coverage of it.
Pal Gloria Hunniford, 79, revealed: “Cliff won’t come back and live here. He has made that jump now. He was very disillusioned with what happened.
“He likes the anonymity in America. Some people recognise him but he does not get it all the time like he does here.
“His place is in New York and he likes it there. He loves coming back to perform occasionally and is looking forward to playing summer shows this year.
“But I don’t think he will ever live here all the time again.”
Pop star Sir Cliff, worth £70million, has previously split his time between his Berkshire pad, a £4.2million vineyard estate near Albufeira, Southern Portugal, and a £6million Barbados villa.
The Beeb filmed a 2014 cop swoop on his £2.5million home in Sunningdale, Berks — sparked by false claims he abused a lad, 15, at a 1985 Sheffield Christian rally.