Beyonce Knowles has hit back at claims she is a diva - insisting she's simply "misunderstood".

The DESTINY'S CHILD stunner claims it's "unfair" her so-called awkwardness was blamed for a line-up change in the GRAMMY-award winning group.

Beyonce complains, "I think at one point I was completely misunderstood, or maybe misjudged. When the group went through the changes I got the blame.

"I understand why I got the blame, but it was unfair. Based on previous people who were in groups before I was even born, people expect various things of me.

"But I think now that people know who I am, which makes me feel good, because that used to bother me."

30/06/2003 21:29