R+B superstar Beyonce Knowles has been forced to rest for two weeks - after her bodyguard SHORTIE accidentally broke her toe.

The CRAZY IN LOVE singer was shopping in New York when Shortie trod on her foot whilst trying to protect her from a crowd of over-excited fans.

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."

Beyonce won't be holding a grudge against her minder, however.

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."

19/08/2004 16:54