Snoop Dogg credits slain hip-hop star Tupac Shakur for saving his marriage to wife SHANTAY TAYLOR.

When BEAUTIFUL rapper Snoop first hit fame in the early 1990s, he considered breaking up with his then-girlfriend - until Shakur stepped in.

Snoop, real name CALVIN BROADUS, says Shakur told him, "That's your son's mother. You love her - she's the only one who's gonna love you."

The pair, who now have three children, subsequently married in 1997 - almost a year after Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas.

19/02/2004 08:59