Black Eyed Peas star WILL.I.AM is grateful he was once a loser in love - because the lack of romance in his life forced him to concentrate on his music instead.
The rapper, who has frequently been linked to British singer Cheryl Cole, struggled to line up dates as a teenager but admits his failures pushed him to excel in hip-hop.
He says, "Ever since high school, I would like a girl and they would say, 'I see you as my brother'.
"But it kept me out of trouble. If I'd had it the way I wanted in high school I wouldn't be focused on my music and I'd probably have a billion kids by now."