BLUE singer Duncan James has vowed to stand by his "soulmate" and former love CLAIRE as she prepares to give birth to his first child in April (05).

The British pop heart-throb announced last month (OCT04) his mystery pal was expecting a baby after a one-off night of passion in the summer (04).

James enthuses, "It's pretty mad that I'm going to be a dad. I'm going to be really supportive to Claire.

"My dad (SIMON ROSCOE) walked out and left - I'll never do that do my child. I don't want to go through that and I couldn't do it.

"Having a baby is going to be crazy, but I'm going to be proud of him or her. I want to support my child and give it the best I can.

"We're really good friends who have known each other for seven years. We went out together for two years, but have been friends since."

08/11/2004 14:18