Pop star Lily Allen has sparked outrage by encouraging parents to tell their children to try illegal drugs.
The Smile hitmaker insists hard drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy may not harm users, and is adamant parents should allow their offspring to experiment.
In an interview with Dutch magazine Revu, she says, "Parents should say, 'Drugs might seem fun but they do funny things to your brain. Some people react to it good, some don't. Try it and see what you think.' If I hadn't been famous I'd have taken loads. Wouldn't be too wise right now.
"I've never been good with cocaine or drugs like that. They make me passionately angry on everything. I steer clear of heroin or crack."
She adds, "Mothers and sisters should be role models. Not pop stars or actresses."
The singer also admits she has struggled to quit alcohol - despite recently announcing she was giving it up.
She says, "I react bad to alcohol, but I never know when to stop. I keep drinking, because it helps me. I find it difficult to communicate with strangers."
Last month (Jan09), Allen was forced to issue a statement condemning drugs after she was quoted as saying the issue is "sensationalised" and that she knows people who "take cocaine three nights a week and get up and go to work everyday, no problem".