Missy Elliott insists she never had a weight problem - she was simply big-boned.

The WORK IT star recently lost 31 kilograms (five stone) but although she has defended her previously hefty frame, she admits southern home cooking gave her no incentive to lose weight.

She explains, "I'm from the southern States - where people are big-boned. They cook fried chicken, fried pork, fried everything, so I never felt out of place."

08/06/2005 13:36