Keira Knightley's mother approves of her navel piercing - she told the BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM star to get it done.

The British actress was experiencing difficulties at school, so her playwright mother Sharman MacDonald encouraged her to get the stomach ring to boost her self-confidence.

She says, "It was actually my mum who made me do it. I was having a hard time at school. I don't really remember why.

"She decided I needed a little secret so I would think I was cool, then she took me to a piercing parlour.

"I had been talking about it for quite a long time, so I got it done and it worked, it totally worked."

04/01/2005 17:54