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Monday, 14 August, 2000, 12:06 GMT 13:06 UK
Billie's kidney problems return
Billie Piper
Billie has been ordered to rest after her latest scare
Teenage pop star Billie Piper has been forced to cancel a series of engagements after being struck down by a recurrence of a kidney complaint.

The 17-year-old singer was taken ill following an appearance on the BBC children's TV show FBi on Saturday.

She went to see a Harley Street specialist in London and was ordered to rest.

Billie Piper
It is not the first time Billie has been struck down by the complaint

A spokesman said: "Billie's had another bout of her kidney infection.

"She was on FBi on Saturday morning, which she did in Glasgow, and she was due to perform that afternoon, but she couldn't.

"She was in a lot of pain, so she had to come down to London to rest up and she'll be taking two or three days off now, which means she has to cancel a few appearances in Europe."

Hectic

Billie's hectic schedule has probably contributed to her poor health.

Her latest kidney problems come less than two months after she collapsed in a London bar.

She was with two of her dancers in Covent Garden's Bar 38 when she fainted and was taken to hospital. She was released two days later.

Billie was an overnight sensation after bursting on to the pop scene as a 15-year-old with her debut single Because We Want To.

Originally known just by her first name, she reinvented herself earlier this year with a raunchier, more grown-up image.

After taking a few days off, she will return to her promotional work in the run up to the release of her next single, Something Deep Inside, on 18 September.

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