British POP IDOL star Will Young has been taking advice from soul legend James Brown about staying true to himself.

The LEAVE RIGHT NOW star, 25, performed with Brown at London's recent Olympic Flame arrival (26JUN04) - where the soul legend gave Young his "blessing".

Young says, "James Brown gave me some really good advice at the Olympic Torch Concert.

"He said: 'Stay the way you are, Will. I can see you are a kind person. People might want you to change, but stay the way you are.'

"I felt like that was him giving me his blessing."

The singer is keen to remain grounded, despite pressure from others to "stop being so polite".

He adds, "I find it weird. Why do people want me to be an a**hole?"

06/07/2004 13:55