LORD OF THE RINGS star Elijah Wood is amazed and amused by rumours he is gay, and secretly dating co-star Dominic Monaghan.

The 23-year-old actor insists he's not offended by the inaccurate claims which have circled Hollywood since his climb to fame in the hit trilogy.

He says, "The craziest story I ever heard was that my lover, Dominic Monaghan, was dating my sister to cover up the fact that we were a gay couple.

"And we signed contracts not to reveal anything until the movies were finished. Isn't that great? It was completely made up, but it's hilarious."

23/01/2004 09:26