Alicia Keys has hit out at celebrities who regularly appear in gossip columns - insisting many must volunteer private information.

Keys has managed to keep her lovelife behind closed doors and refuses to discuss her alleged relationship with her writing and producing partner KERRY 'KRUCIAL' BROTHERS.

Keys explains, "I'm a private person and I like the way people always ask me why I'm hardly ever in the papers.

"I find it difficult to believe how so much information about pop stars' private lives find its way into the papers - did they tell them, or did someone else?

"I like to keep my private life private. It's an especially New York thing, to be defensive."

19/04/2004 21:13