Soul singer Joss Stone has hit back at speculation she has sacked her manager mother, insisting mum is still the boss.
According to reports, the 24 year old took charge of her career after releasing her fourth studio album, Colour Me Free!, in 2009, telling sources she thought she could do a better job herself.
However, she has cleared up the rumours, insisting, "You can't fire your mum!"
Stone tells Britain's Marie Claire magazine, "If I have a problem now and I'm too pussy to deal with it - which happens a lot - she (mum) is my Rottweiler, she sorts it out. They know not to mess with my mum; she loves me more than anyone can love me. There was never a rift."