MUSIC star Will.i.am has discovered a love for Doric.
The unlikely move came thanks to North-east celebrity vocal coach, Yvie Burnett, who became friends with the Black Eyed Peas star when they worked together on BBC talent show The Voice.
She has now revealed she gave him lessons in her Aberdeenshire mother tongue.
Yvie, 44, from Methlick, says the American performer and producer begged her to teach him Doric after hearing her speak it.
But he has also added his own unique twist.
She said: “Will.i.am kept telling me how much he loved my accent and when he heard me talking in Doric to a fellow Aberdonian member of the crew, he became intrigued.
“He begged me to teach him some phrases, so I taught him, ‘Fit like’ and, ‘Far d’yi bide?’
“You should have seen the Aberdonian assistant producer’s face when Will.i.am launched into Doric.
“Of course, Will being Will, he added his own catchphrase and the conversation went something like: ‘Fit like, dope? Far d’yi bide, dope?’”
Yvie admitted she is slightly worried now that he can speak Doric.
She hopes the star – who performed at T in the Park in 2010 – doesn’t think everyone in Scotland speaks like an Aberdonian.
She added: “The problem now is Will.i.am thinks everybody in Scotland speaks Doric, so there could be confusion if he tries out his new dialect in Edinburgh or Glasgow.”
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