Rocker SIR Bob Geldof's teen daughter has blasted "paranoid" adults who object to children wearing make-up.

Outspoken Peaches, 15, is disgusted by the criticism targetted at 13-year-old pop star JoJo, because she can't understand why parents refuse to accept that pubescent girls enjoy dressing and acting like their celebrity idols.

But Peaches is convinced the increased media coverage of child sex abuse is to blame.

She says, "If a little boy plays with a toy gun, he likes it because it seems masculine, not because he's psychotic.

"And a girl playing with make-up likes it because it's girlie, not because it makes her sexy.

"In a world obsessed with paedophilia, people have become paranoid."

13/09/2004 14:01