Rock legend David Bowie credits his young daughter LEXI with helping him quit writing depressing lyrics.

The STARMAN singer is famous for his oft-gloomy songs and, although he admits he's had to battle his demons in the past, fatherhood has given him a good reason to stay happy.

He says, "I can be fairly gloomy, but as a parent, it's not something I can wallow in. Maybe in the past I allowed myself to get gloomier than I needed to be, and it did turn out to be good fodder for writing. I'm not too much like that anymore.

"I have to make a conscious effort sometimes to lift myself out of it. Which I do successfully. So I don't really believe it can be termed any kind of medical problem."

20/11/2003 21:14