Singer Rachel Stevens has been accused of orchestrating her split from boyfriend Jeremy Edwards, in a bid to attract attention to her solo singing career - for a second time.

The couple briefly separated last August (03), at the same time former S CLUB singer Stevens was launching her debut solo single SWEET DREAMS MY LA EX - the track shot to number two in the British singles chart.

The latest split coincides with another new single, as well as Stevens' plans to launch an assault on the America charts - prompting cynics to suggest the singer is using her on/off relationship with Edward to draw attention to her music and manipulate music buyers.

A source tells British newspaper the DAILY MIRROR, "It's not lost on Rachel that by being single she is more likely to win over an army of male admirers. And the publicity gained by announcing her split from Jeremy is a welcome boost as she concentrates on her solo career."

12/01/2004 02:50