Beyonce Knowles' 140-kilogram (22-stone) bodyguard has broken the singer's toe after standing on it while trying to protect her from a crowd of fans.

The CRAZY IN LOVE singer was walking through a revolving door during a shopping spree in New York when massive minder SHORTIE lost his balance.

An onlooker says, "There were some fans on his tail and he was too busy watching them to see where he was putting his feet.

"Beyonce let out a shriek and hobbled back to her car, wincing in pain. She looked angry at first, but then she burst out laughing because you would have thought she had been shot by the way he was reacting."

Doctors have told the singer to take it easy for a couple of weeks and she is being looked after by Shortie, who is said to be mortified that he caused his boss so much pain.

A friend says, "Beyonce knows that Shortie is there to protect her and she also knows that he will always do his best to be by her side."

15/08/2004 10:34