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Bedingfield recovers after crash
Daniel Bedingfield
Bedingfield is not thought to be well enough to leave New Zealand
Pop singer Daniel Bedingfield faces up to three months of recuperation after suffering neck injuries in a car crash.

The 24-year-old had to be cut out of his vehicle after it overturned on New Zealand's North Island on Friday.

He is due to be released from Whangarei Hospital this week but is not expected to be well enough to leave the country.

His manager said he was happy and "just thanked God he was still alive", while a hospital spokeswoman described him as "a fairly lucky guy".

"He's damaged vertebrae in his neck but it hasn't affected his motor or sensory capabilities," said spokeswoman Alison Lees.

Career plans

Bedingfield was injured when his Jeep Cherokee rolled over on a rural road as he was driving from a music festival near Whangarei.

He had to be cut out of the wreckage by firefighters, and was described on Sunday as "stable" in hospital.

His manager, Neale Easterby, said he would have to alter his immediate career plans.

"He had half a new album in the can before he left for New Zealand," he said. "We'll just have to push stuff back."

Bedingfield shot to fame in 2001 with the single and album Gotta Get Thru This. The single reached number one in the UK and the album went on to sell more than three million copies.

After being rejected by several record labels, Bedingfield recorded most of the album in his own bedroom.

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