Pop chart sensation Dido has defended foul-mouthed rapper Eminem and his tough entourage - insisting they're all "genuinely sweet".

The British singer worked with the hip-hop star on his track STAN, but her fears of the controversial hitmaker subsided when she befriended his muscle-bound pals.

Dido says, "He was genuinely sweet and really warm.

"I think what I like about him is the people who are around him - they're all lovely. So you sort of know he's alright. He's a good guy."

15/08/2003 17:33