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I do like my bum ..but if I had won Rear of the Year three months ago it would have been seen as sick; AWARD FOR CHARLOTTE, 16.

Byline: CHARLIE BAIN

CHARLOTTE Church became the youngest Rear of the Year winner yesterday - and then rushed off to revise for her GCSEs.

The singer, who turned 16 in February, beamed: "I think I'm allowed to get awards like this now. When I was 15 it would have been seen as sick."

Voice Of An Angel star Charlotte, who has racked up more than 10 million record sales worldwide, said: "I do like my bum.

"It's not skinny, it's not flat but I can deal with that. I like it regardless of what anyone else thinks.

"You get a lot of celebrities that are skinny and I think a lot of eating disorders and anorexia start from that. I'm kind of a healthy weight."

The Welsh star follows in the footsteps of previous winners of the annual award, including TV's Carol Smillie and former Brookside actress Claire Sweeney.

But unlike them, Charlotte wasn't able to hang around at the London ceremony.

She made her excuses and left, explaining: "I've got to go and do some revision because I've got my GCSEs in a few weeks."

Once those are behind her she might get a call from yesterday's male Rear of the Year winner - Coronation Street star Scott Wright.

Scott - the soap's mechanic Sam King-ston - said: "I would love to meet Charlotte - if anyone would give me her phone number."

Nominated by members of the public, Scott reckoned his Corrie character - a part-time stripper known as The Python - had helped him win the title.

Flaunting his best asset in blue jeans and boots, 27-year-old Scott said: "I feel really excited to be told that I have a mighty fine ass." But he hopes his new accolade will not put him at the mercy of eager young women.

He said: "I'll never forget the time I was out in Blackpool when I was set upon by a gang of women on a hen night.

"They ripped the shirt off my back and I had to be rescued by police. I sincerely hope they won't start ripping off the strides now."

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WAY SHE WAS: Charlotte aged 13; BOTTOMS UP: Corrie's Scott, the male winner
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Date:May 2, 2002
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