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  Shakira: 'I don't hate Britney'
Updated 24 March 2002, 15.10
Shakira
Pop newcomer Shakira reckons the rivalry between her and Britney has been blown out of proportion.

The Colombian singer, who's in the top 10 with her hit Whenever Wherever, says people just assume they don't like each other.

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"People say Britney and I are alike because we're both blonde, petite and we started in this business very young," Shakira told the Sunday Mirror.

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"But we're two very different artists. I don't hate or despise her like people make out."

Shakira admitted she wasn't always the blonde bombshell she is now. She said she was a "fat teenager" who had jet black hair and dressed like a Goth.

She was also turned down for the school choir because the music teacher said she sounded "like a goat".

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