WIN A DATE WITH TED HAMILTON star Kate Bosworth is grateful to the media for bringing her closer to her actor boyfriend Orlando Bloom.

Although the high-profile coverage of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's romance played a part in their split earlier this year (04), the blonde beauty credits her fame with strengthening her relationship with the Lord Of The Rings hunk.

The 20-year-old says, "when you become a public figure you're sort of giving yourself to the world and you realise the people who matter are the ones who know you best.

"It brought me closer to my loved ones and made me appreciate them. I try not to be suspicious of new people, but it's natural I am a little."

Bosworth is currently filming Sin City with her boyfriend's Lord of the Rings co-star Elijah Wood.

21/05/2004 17:17