BLACK EYED PEAS star Fergie faces a constant battle to stay healthy on tour because her male bandmates encourage her to eat junk food.

The beautiful singer was able to keep up with the rest of the band, but soon realised she was piling on weight as a result of her poor diet.

She says, "The boys can eat anything. When I first joined the band, I gained weight because I thought I could too... I had to check myself.

"Everyone else on the bus will just eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, but when we're on the road, I soft boil eggs in the microwave. I scoop out the yolk and add a little salt.

"taboo (bandmate) always tells me to eat whatever I want; he doesn't understand that three plates of spaghetti just aren't going to work the same way on me as they do on him.

"If I don't watch what I eat, even if I'm on stage dancing a lot, it shows... I can't eat before a show because I'll get all crampy."

05/07/2005 09:20