The Streets star MIKE SKINNER believes his musical success is down to his struggle with epilepsy.

Although the rapper hasn't suffered a fit for four years, the 24-year-old struggled with the condition - which means he cannot watch television for extended periods - during his teenage years, and believes his relationship with music is stronger as a result.

He says, "I think it is one of the reasons why I'm so focused. It forced me to be less social during the period when my mates didn't know what they were doing.

"Music is kind of like my best friend and it's probably the reason why I didn't go mad when I was a teenager."

26/04/2004 14:07