Irish singing star Ronan Keating has accused his record company of making up derogatory comments about his former boyband Boyzone.

Since Keating left the fivepiece in 1999 to pursue a solo career, he has been quoted in the media distancing himself from his former bandmates, and slamming their music.

But the 26-year-old insists many of the comments were fabricated by his label BMG. Of a press release in which he is reported to have said, "I'm so f***ing over all that Boyzone cr*p," Ronan says, "I would never say anything like that."

He explains, "The swearing is ok. But I'd never turn around and say Boyzone were cr*p. We made some excellent pop singles and we had a great craic."

10/11/2003 18:20