Superstar Madonna has shocked British paparazzi by declaring them polite.

Unlike her celebrity pals Gwyneth Paltrow and SIR Elton John, who publicly slam the showbiz snappers, Madonna has hailed the British photographers for their "manners".

Madonna says, "I walk and ride my bike everywhere I go in London. Even the paparazzi have manners here - that has certainly been my experience so far.

"If you say, 'Can you just take a few pictures and go?' then they do. Then they say thank you afterwards.

"I mean what paparazzi in America says thank you then leaves? I think that's fantastic."

23/11/2004 14:04