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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Billie out of hospital
Billie Piper
Billie Piper: On antibiotics following her collapse
Teenage pop star Billie Piper has returned home from hospital after collapsing in a nightclub at the weekend.

Billie, 17, keeled over while out with two of her dancers at Bar 38 in Covent Garden, central London.

Publicist Dave Pittman said the singer, who scored her third UK number one single in May with Day And Night, was now on a course of antibiotics and would be resting this week.

Ritchie Neville
Billie says she was left heartbroken by her split from Five singer Ritchie Neville

"Billie has been suffering from a recurring kidney infection, and doctors have put her on antibiotics.

"She's still a bit down at the moment, but she's getting there." Earlier, Pittman said the singer had felt "a sharp stabbing pain in her kidney area... it is an infection that hasn't gone away".

Billie told Monday's edition of The Sun newspaper that the incident "has nothing to do with drugs - I don't do drugs".

According to an onlooker quoted by the newspaper, her eyes were rolling and she was frothing at the mouth.

But she inisted it was a repeat of her kidney problem.

"I've had this infection before and it may be a recurring thing when I'm rundown and tired," she said.

Because I am in the spotlight and people are waiting for me to make mistakes they just like to link my name to drugs

Billie Piper

"I was ill and now I'm just a bit weak. Because I am in the spotlight and people are waiting for me to make mistakes they just like to link my name to drugs.

"Drugs are in your face all the time, but you have just got to distance yourself from them."

Billie added she was also still "numb" and "heartbroken" after her split with singer Ritchie Neville from boy band Five. The pair broke up in May after 18 months together.

"There's a lot of stuff that has happened over the last couple of months and I think it has all got on top of me," she said.


The incident happened on Friday night.

"The lady fainted in a group of her own friends and left the building," said James Dunne, duty manager at Bar 38.

Billie Piper
Billie burst onto the scene as a 15-year-old in 1998

"No assistance was asked for from ourselves."

The Swindon schoolgirl shot to fame in July 1998, aged 15, with the hit Because We Want To - the youngest female to reach number one for 38 years.

Originally known as just Billie, she returned to the spotlight with a more adult image earlier this year.

She is spending Monday resting, and may spend the rest of the week with friends in London or with her parents in Swindon.

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