Newly-single superstar Uma Thurman is glad she had to do promotional duties for Kill Bill: VOL 1 straight after announcing her split from ETHAN HAWKE - as it kept her busy.

The statuesque actress was initially horrified when the news broke just before she started the promotional circuit for Quentin Tarantino's martial arts film, but now feels it was the best tonic for a broken heart.

When asked if the timing was inconvenient, Uma muses, "Inconvenient doesn't really cover it.

"But I didn't cancel anything. I didn't claim to have 'problems' and hide and make a drama for the public.

"I just dealt with it in a very straightforward way."

20/04/2004 21:08