LONDONeye Daniel:I liketoget Merrion cocaine... M ARK RONSONS protg Daniel Merriweather has admitted to taking cocaine -- but claims that he prefers to do it in private, away from prying eyes. The Australian singer, 27, who has opened shows for Kanye West and Justin Timberlake, also claimed that his lifestyle is similar to that of notorious caner Amy Winehouse. He said: I keep my cocaine habits behind closed doors. Im constantly dodging away trying to find a private place to er... get really drunk. Speaking exclusively to The Eye, Daniel said he didnt like to get out of control in public like Winehouse and Pete Doherty. He said: Im a private person and keep to myself. I prob- ably still do all the same stuff -- just not with cameras flashing in my face when Im doing it. The admission that he uses the class A drug is an unusual one for an artist at the beginning of his career. Its timing is also a little bizarre -- just after Kerry Katona was plunged into hot water after footage surfaced of her alleg- edly using the drug in her home. We cant help thinking that he is try- ing to make himself look more rocknroll (lets face it, who admits to doing something illegal?). Hes certainly not doing it because he wants to be the new face of super- market chain Iceland. Its not the first time that Daniel has been open about his private life. Earlier this month, the soul singer also admitted to watching internet porn, saying: I think people who like porn are in support of femi- nist movements. Daniels people claimed this morning that the singer was joking about his cocaine use. Daniel will be performing at the Virgin Media V Festival this weekend. 8 Friday, 21 August 2009 London Lite Singersodddrugsboast GARY GO releases a pop first today -- a song written on Twitter. The singer/songwriter, who has been supporting Take That and Lady GaGa this summer, took lyrics suggestions from fans on his Twitter page and stitched the results together to make The Heart Balloon. All proceeds will go to the British Heart Foundation. ...butAmylooks betterthanever WE NEVER thought the day would dawn when wed be able to say this, but Amy Winehouse looks almost healthy. The 25-year-old singer -- who has regularly filled these pages with her erratic behaviour -- popped out for a meal with friends at Prezzo in Cockfosters. Were sure the restaurants staff were prepared for the whole evening to go pear- shaped, but Amy quietly enjoyed her meal with friends and called it a night at an uncharacteristically responsible 10.30pm. Were very proud, Amy. Linekersdate withJordan... GARY LINEKER was one of the football stars joining Queen Rania of Jordan yesterday at a press conference to promote 1 Goal: Education -- which aims to give children around the world access to education by 2015. Come on, did you really think Gary would date Katie Price? ByAlistair Foster (, Lucretia Munro Behaved: Amy out last night Private habit: Daniel Merriweather says he has used cocaine Charity chums: Queen Rania of Jordan and, left, Gary Lineker index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html