Pop icon Debbie Harry is adamant success with Blondie would have eluded her without former flame CHRIS STEIN - and she still loves the guitarist.

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."