British actor Rupert Everett has leapt to the defence of famous friend Madonna over her conversion to the controversial Kabbalah faith.

Madonna began studying the controversial offshoot of Judaism in 1997 and has managed to encourage her film director husband to embrace the mystical teachings.

Her attempts to convert the spiritually confused BRITNEY SPEARS seem to have failed, but Madonna's NEXT BEST THING co-star and pal Everett can see the positive affect her new found faith has had on the MUSIC superstar.

He says, "It's made her much, much softer."

22/08/2004 10:38