Ex-EURYTHMICS star Annie Lennox finally feels like a real singer - because she's suffered enough.

The Why? hitmaker is releasing her eagerly awaited comeback album BARE - said to be inspired by the break-up of her marriage to URI FRUCHTMAN - and Lennox's personal agony has finally cured her insecurity about being a "fake".

She explains, "For years I felt I was a fake. The negative side of my self-perception said I wasn't quite the real deal. I knew true artists had to suffer, and felt that I hadn't suffered enough.

"I believe I had to live in some dark shadow, or carry some heavy cross in order to merit that certificate of authenticity. Well, let me you, I merit it now. I merit it now. It's mine, I earned it! I'm there!"

26/05/2003 13:11