DAME Shirley Bassey was forced to wear maternity clothes after her weight rocketed following the tragic death of her daughter SAMANTHA in 1985.

The BIG SPENDER hitmaker ate compulsively in a bid to stem her pain after the 21-year-old was found dead under a bridge in Bristol, England.

She says, "That was a terrible time.

"I'd wake up in the middle of the night and go to the fridge to get a bar of chocolate and a big lump of cheese.

"It got to the stage where I was having to wear a maternity dress."

And she credits therapy with helping get her life back on track.

"Eventually I checked myself into a clinic. It worked wonders, it was like a form of brainwashing.

"They re-educated me to be careful about what I eat."