The Darkness have allayed fears they're struggling to cope in the glare of the media spotlight - insisting there's plenty of time for privacy when their popularity wanes.

The GROWING ON ME stars are basking in the glory of their chart success and refuse to resent photographers for constantly hounding them in public and at parties - because it's a small price to pay for being one of Britain's biggest bands.

Bassist FRANKIE POULLAIN says, "Who needs a private life? There's always time for that later. You can always have a private life, but you can't always be in the best rock band in the world."

Frontman Justin Hawkins adds, "It's not true what they say. You can have your cake and eat it. And then all you need to do is go and get another cake."

25/08/2004 21:07