British opera star Charlotte Church is fuming after discovering her ex-lover STEVEN JOHNSON's new girlfriend is really his cousin.

Part-time DJ-turned-model Johnson, 19, began 'dating' 24-year-old former MISS WALES TAMZIN PROCTOR after splitting from Church.

The pair have since been seen out and about on the London party scene, and even confronted Church at a party hosted by Justin Timberlake in the capital on Sunday (11JAN04).

But the 'relationship' has been exposed as a publicity stunt, after friends of the couple revealed they are really related.

A pal says, "Everyone thinks it is a great joke here because Steve and Taz are related. They were just playing up for the cameras and the wind up Charlotte.

"They only went to the party together because they knew Charlotte had been invited. It is just one big act that they are together."

14/01/2004 08:35