Teen soprano Charlotte Church insists she has always been in "control" of her career, even at the age of 12 when she first became a star.

The singer and her love life have been the subject of intense media interest over recent months, reaching a peak when she was photographed apparently drunk at her 18th birthday party in February (04) - but she insists she has always been in control of her career and personal life.

Church says, "I have always called the shots. Even when I was 12 years old, I was in control.

"I don't know where all of this 'out of control' stuff comes from.

"I went to BOUJI'S (nightclub in London) for my 18th birthday and the next thing I knew I was all over the tabloids.

"But I'm just normal."

28/05/2004 18:00