Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri is impressed by Madonna's directness when she wants to get to know somebody, because she simply phones them.

The RAY OF LIGHT superstar hates relying on celebrity parties to meet new pals - she prefers to invite stars she has admired from afar to an evening of fine cuisine and conversation, and Spiteri was on her list.

Spiteri recalls, "Madonna just rang up and said, 'Do you want to come to dinner?' and it was either a yes or a no and I said, 'Yes.'

"That's just an easier way for her to meet people she thinks she might want to meet because there is always such a fuss around her when she is in a public place.

"I enjoy her company, her conversation. She's lovely."

04/08/2005 17:07