R+B sex symbol Usher loves the attention he receives from his adoring fans - but occasionally he craves a break from their amorous advances.

The singer admits he tires of signing his autograph for endless streams of followers, so he employs a minder to keep the pen-wielding girls under control.

He says, "I have this bodyguard, so if I get tired of signing autographs I ask him to step in. It's hard because people get angry at you, but I've got to have a life, too.

"A really fat fan sent me a nudie pic. She's in her kitchen and there are all these cooking products on top of the fridge. I laugh every time I look at it!"

30/08/2004 17:30