Kate Hudson now appreciates not having her father around when she grew up - because it taught her to be independent.

The actress was brought up by mother Goldie Hawn after her split from actor dad BILL HUDSON - but she insists she never suffered because she didn't have a father.

She says, "Not having him around never made me needy. If anything, it bred an independence.

"It was very important to me that everyone knew I was fine on my own."

11/07/2005 09:15