American R+B hunk Usher puts his worldwide success down to determination and hard work.

The U MAKE ME WANNA singer says his efforts alone have got him where he is today, although he acknowledges the input of his mother, who is also his manager.

The 24-year-old says, "Nothing was ever f***ing given to me. Nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

"I have had to work this thing blood, sweat and tears, and when I would cry at how hard it was there was no-one there for me but my mother."

10/10/2003 19:06