Atomic Kitten babe Natasha Hamilton has spoken out about the awful rumours that dogged her split from ex-love FRAN COSGROVE.

THE TIDE IS HIGH singer and her former lover, who is the father of her 10-month-old son, split just months after JOSH was born - but have remained close for the sake of their child.

Tash is now dating dancer GAVIN HATCHER, and says of the split from her former fiance, "I felt so sorry for Fran because the news came out and people started saying that we'd split because he was so controlling.

"That just wasn't true. Fran never once told me what to do. He was always really supportive. He's a great guy and he's a really good dad to Josh. It was a really horrible time for all of us and I couldn't have got through it without the support of the girls and my family."

However, it's not all bad news - the pretty singer adds, "The best thing is that me and Fran remained friends so he can see Josh whenever he wants. He's turned into this blue-eyed blond little angel who is the double of his dad. He's just the most gorgeous little boy in the whole world."

06/07/2003 10:36