Blue hunk Duncan James has been labelled "articulate and sensible" for the way he handles the popstar lifestyle - by the father who abandoned him 20 years ago.

SIMON ROSCOE, who walked out on Duncan and his mother, was reportedly stunned to learn that the band that won Best Pop Act at the BRIT awards this year (FEB03) featured his son.

Simon says, "He's done very well for himself. He's very articulate and sensible. I am thoroughly impressed. His mother's done a great job bringing him up.

"One day, maybe Duncan and I will be able to sit down and talk things through, but that's for him to decide. I am proud of him if I have a right to be."

10/06/2003 13:41