The MARIA hitmaker credits her ex-lover with giving her the right attitude to survive a career in the music industry, and still considers him her best friend despite the fact he is now married.
She says, "He's a terrific person, and I love him very much. I love his family - he's got great kids and a great wife.
"I don't know if I would have been able to make it in music to the degree that I did without Chris. He was so nonchalant, while I was the opposite."