Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley had to win over female fans when she joined the Northern Irish group - because they were convinced she was dating heartthrob frontman Tim Wheeler.

The British musician, who is launching solo album GREY WILL FADE, says devotees were "suspicious" of her when she joined the GIRL FROM MARS band in 1997.

Hatherley says, "At first some of the female fans were suspicious about why I joined.

"Thankfully, it all died down, although some people did take it quite far.

"The idea of dating Tim never came up. I have a boyfriend anyway."

20/08/2004 14:07