BLACK EYED PEAS star Fergie thanks actress Cameron Diaz for sparking her passion for surfing.

Although Diaz is the current girlfriend of her former beau JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, Fergie has forged a close friendship with the CHARLIE'S ANGELS star - and is eternally grateful she "encouraged" her to take up the water sport.

And the singer insists there is no rivalry between the pair over Timberlake - who Diaz started dating last year (03) - because her romance with the 'N SYNC star was never that serious.

She explains, "It was a flirt fest. He was 17, I was 23. At first I wouldn't date him because he was too young.

"It was never serious, but we had a bond."

10/09/2004 19:18