Celebritology 2.0: Britney Spears


Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Britney Spears, novelist?

She is apparently in talks to become an author, or at least to have a book published with her name on it.

By Jen Chaney  |  04:38 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominate CMAs; Britney Spears civil case tossed by judge

Also: Pattinson and Stewart are doing press together again, and all is well.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:08 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Music | Tags:  Morning Mix; CMAs; Blake Shelton; Miranda Lambert; Taylor Swift; Britney Spears

Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/19/2012

Civil lawsuit against Britney Spears’s family continues; a Daniel Radcliffe split?

Also: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson finally kissed, solving all of America’s problems.

By Jen Chaney  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears | Tags:  Morning Mix, Britney Spears, Daniel Radcliffe, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 09/21/2012

‘Glee’: A comparison of its ‘Gimme More’ to the real Britney Spears version from the 2007 VMAs

Which “Gimme More” was a better train wreck: “Glee’s” or the VMA one?

By Jen Chaney  |  09:55 AM ET, 09/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears | Tags:  Glee, Britney Spears

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 09/10/2012

Britney Spears forces us all to rethink our understanding of the game Twister (video)

This is not how I remember the game from my childhood.

By Jen Chaney  |  12:10 PM ET, 09/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 05/15/2012

Lady Gaga officially too sexy for Indonesia; Kristen Stewart cross-dresses for Elle

Also: Kristen Stewart non-comments on her alleged engagement to Robert Pattinson.

By Jen Chaney  |  09:15 AM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities | Tags:  Lady Gaga, Kristen Stewart, Brangelina

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Jason Alexander responds to Britney Spears engagement and kind of sounds like the other Jason Alexander

Is it me or does his bitterness smack of George Costanza, the role played by the other Alexander?

By Jen Chaney  |  05:46 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick are engaged

Her former agent reportedly proposed last night, and they will celebrate tonight in Vegas.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:47 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Relationships

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Britney Spears turns 30: A timeline of her tabloid life

From pop princess to troubled adult and back again, Spears is the comeback queen.

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  01:44 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 08/26/2011

The MTV Video Music Awards: A history of its tastelessness

Have the MTV Video Music Awards gotten more tacky over time? We investigate the 27-year-old occasion.

By Jen Chaney  |  11:44 AM ET, 08/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities | Tags:  MTV Video Music Awards

Posted at 10:04 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Britney Spears ‘Till The World Ends’ video premieres

Britney Spears, everyone’s favorite pop star to disaster story, continued her comeback today with the premiere of the video for ”Till The World Ends.”

By Sarah Anne Hughes  |  10:04 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities, Music

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/02/2011

Britney Spears, 'Femme Fatale,' tweets pic of new album cover

Since Britney Spears has 6,737,793 Twitter followers and counting, we're going to go ahead and assume that there's some interest in her new album cover. Well, the wait is over. Moments ago -- after posting a series of cryptic tweets ("Sexy and strong," "dangerous yet mysterious," "cool yet confident," "cheezy yet trite" -- okay we made that last one up), Brit shared this photo of her new album cover which is cleverly and originally titled "Femme Fatale": In January, we got a preview with the single "Hold It Against Me." Expect the full album to drop in March....

By Liz Kelly  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 12/02/2010

Britney Spears rep denies abuse reports

Britney Spears in 2009. (AP) A rep for Britney Spears released a statement calling a Star magazine report claiming Spears had been physically abused by boyfriend Jason Trawick "completely and utterly false." The abuse allegations came from Spears's one-time husband (for 55 hours) Jason Alexander, who also provided the magazine with tapes he claimed contained audio of a conversation between Spears and him in which she admits the abuse. Radar Online released more of the purported Spears/Alexander tapes late Tuesday, though an audio expert tells TMZ.com the tapes were "doctored." "The audio recording ... purporting to be between Britney Spears and Jason Alexander is so obviously fake as to be laughable," Spears's rep told People. Today, by the way, is Brit's 29th birthday. Source: People...

By Liz Kelly  |  08:55 AM ET, 12/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 12/01/2010

Rumor Mill: Was Britney Spears beaten by her boyfriend?

(Courtesy Star magazine) It's been a while since we've had any drama from one-time train wreck Britney Spears. But Star magazine, in an issue out this week, claims Spears was hit by former agent/current boyfriend Jason Trawick and that she was once pregnant with his child. From what reliable source did Star receive this bombshell of a story? Spears's ex-husband. No, not Kevin Federline. The other one -- Jason Alexander, to whom she was married for 55 hours back in 2004. Alexander claims that Spears keeps in touch via phone, e-mail and texts and that she recently confided that Trawick "hit her so hard it gave her a black eye." Alexander, it should be noted, says he sold told his story to Star because he's "really concerned" for Britney. Representatives for both Spears and Trawick denied the abuse allegations when contacted by Radar Online, but the site claims to...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:20 PM ET, 12/01/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:15 AM ET, 09/29/2010

The Britney Spears episode of 'Glee': Is it time to lose the celeb-focused tributes?

The Britney Spears episode of "Glee" gave us the full "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" routine Tuesday night. And as the Post's Emily Yahr notes in her full recap of the episode, it delivered lots of Britney music, and even more of Brittany (Heather Morris) and her deadpan loopy dialogue, but not much face time from Spears. As "The Power of Madonna" did last season, it also raised a question: is it in "Glee's" best interest to focus entire episodes around a major musical and celebrity icon?...

By Jen Chaney  |  08:15 AM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/23/2009

Britney's Not Pregnant, Y'All. Calm Down.

No bun in this oven, says Britney Spears's manager. (AP) As reported in this morning's Mix, Ryan Seacrest let fly with one whopper of a rumor yesterday: that the gossip world's fave erstwhile pop-wreck, Britney Spears, was pregnant. This morning, though, tabloid editors and a handful of paparazzi agencies had their hopes quashed when Brit's manager, Adam Leber, firmly denied any rumors that another bun was cooking in Spears's oven. Leber shared this enervating revelation with blogger to the stars Perez Hilton: "She's absolutely not pregnant. I have no idea where this ridiculous rumor came from. Ryan has communication with our camp and could have checked this before saying it." Darn tootin', Adam Leber. How could anyone be idiotic enough to think Britney -- or anyone with the surname Spears -- would do something so unexpected and clearly crazy? Why, that would be akin to wearing a pink wig...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/23/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/25/2009

If U Seek Britney Mania, Look No Further Than Verizon Center

While the brave Josh DuLac covered the main event of last night's stop of the Britney Spears "Circus" tour at Verizon Center (Question: How long can the human ear survive in the face of piercing shrieks?), I was all over the outside, armed only with hard-hitting questions and an intrepid videographer. Fans were fired up, scalpers circled and expectations were high for a visit from pop's resurgent princess. And, because one should never squander the chance to learn something (even from girls with fake tans and boys with fake boobs), here are a few things I picked up last night: 1. Britney is big in Baltimore. Out of the scores of people I talked with outside the Verizon Center, one in three copped to being from Charm City. Though I also talked to one fan who trekked here all the way from Australia just to see Brit on stage. 2....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/25/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/03/2008

And Now a Few Words from K-Fed

Kevin Federline. (AP) Yesterday, a resurgent Britney Spears celebrated her birthday on "Good Morning America," announced plans for a North American tour, showed off some seriously re-toned abs, lip-synched her way through a passable performance and topped off the evening with a little spillage and a general basking in the glow of her rekindled career. And let us not leave out Sunday's overhyped MTV special "Britney: For the Record," in which the embattled popstress gave us a peek into her as-yet unsettled psyche: She feels controlled, she's not always happy, she shouldn't have gotten married so young, etc. The overwhelming takeaway was that Brit has a lot of regrets, among them a six-foot-and-change former back-up dancer turned failed rapper with whom she procreated. Twice. All that is well and good. Catharsis makes for healing and so forth. However, that six-foot mistake -- Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed -- has a...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 12/03/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/08/2008

Comment Box: It's All About You (And Britney)

Gimme more: Britney cradles her VMA Moonmen as manager Larry Rudolph looks on. (AP) How did Britney do at last night's VMAs? -- Anonymous reader, who may in fact live with me, asking the question that's on all our minds. Thanks for asking because, as regular readers know, you can't spell Celebritology without "brit" (or "ology," but that's for another day). After last year's public immolation, the only place to go was up. And, to her credit, Brit appeared to be in full control of her musculature (a camera that followed her from dressing room to stage proved she wasn't wheeled out Hannibal Lecter style), her vocal cords and her newly-subdued image (no pink wig = good day). Sure, the pre-show skit with Jonah Hill was contrived (see clip below -- he went from "Superbad" to super bad in two short minutes) and her 20-second show opener utterly superfluous,...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/08/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 08/11/2008

Britney Spears: Ready for Her Close-Up?

Brit turned in a respectable, and ratings-friendly, performance on CBS sitcom 'How I Met Your Mother' in April. (AP/CBS) If anyone doubted it, when Britney Spears took to the stage at last year's MTV Video Music Awards and proved she could still deliver a riveting show. Just not the one she intended. Almost a year later, we're still cringing a little inside. The numb performance, the lip-synching, the missteps, the barely-hanging-in-there weave, the costume that didn't quite fit -- all combined in a perfect storm of utter wrongness to seal Spears's reputation as a complete whackdoodle. Who would have believed that barely a year later, we would find ourselves presented with a new-and-improved Britney -- the product of strict control by dad Jamie, a rumored $20K a month on personal training, one-on-one counseling from fellow embattled celeb Mel Gibson and -- we hope -- lots of therapy and SSRIs....

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 08/11/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 06/17/2008

A Little Help from Her Friends: Mel & Britney

The voice of reason? Gibson's 2006 mug shot. (AP) Some say we're judged by the company we keep. For Britney Spears, there's no place to go but up. After dissolving her K-Federation in 2006, Brit descended to increasingly sketchy circles of companionship (Paris Hilton, the Manny, Sam Lutfi) before hitting social rock bottom with short-term boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, a paparazzo who, it appears, was just in it for the pix and a brief pregnancy scare. Lately, though, new and improved Brit -- by improved I mean no upskirt shots for at least six months now -- has been spotted keeping counsel with Mel Gibson, the Oscar-winning actor/director whose most memorable line will forever be his "sweet" pet name for a female sheriff. The two have met on several occasions around L.A. and even vacationed together in Costa Rica (with their families) last month. And, last week, the two were...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 06/17/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 04/18/2008

Highbrow: Britology

The queen of culture holds court: Britney Spears outside the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse in January. (Getty Images) Turns out there's a good reason we spend so much time covering Britney Spears -- she's the most important cultural figure in America. Or so posits Vanity Fair's Matt Pressman in an online piece examining the embattled pop tart's unprecedented coverage -- not only in the tabloids, but by mainstream media and even predictors of societal bellwethers, like The Atlantic and Portfolio. Preposterous? Not so much if you consider the level to which Spears has saturated our daily lives -- from those headlines (for example, The Britney Economy) all the way to the art world (Exhibit A | Exhibit B). Here at Celebritology, she's something of a patron saint. Not only have we deemed her the Biggest Train Wreck, I've devoted more than 44 entries to Spears over the past two...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 04/18/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/12/2008

The Animated Britney Spears

Leave it to Britney Spears to figure out the way out of her crazy train life all by herself. The rest of us (and by that I mean "I") tend to react to mental breakdowns by retreating into a fetal position and finding comfort in "Alice" reruns or Peppermint Schnapps. But leave it to Brit to hit upon a perfect solution -- one that keeps her persona in the public eye, while leaving her flesh-and-weave self free to try on outfits all day in her palatial bedroom suite. (Image courtesy The Sun) Sensing that perhaps a wobbly pole dance and a touch of mania around the eyes don't make for the best marketing tools, Brit has given her go ahead to allow an animated version of herself to appear in the video for her new single, "Break the Ice." And, wowza!, this new ani-Britney is the girl we all knew...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/12/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 02/01/2008

Britney Spears's Dad Granted Temporary Conservatorship

The UCLA Medical Center where Britney Spears is currently undergoing evaluation. (Getty Images) Jamie Spears, 1. Sam Lutfi, 0. In a Friday afternoon court hearing, Britney's Spears's father, Jamie, was granted temporary conservatorship over his daughter pending a Monday hearing. What does that mean? According to People.com, Jamie will be able to restrict visitors to his daughter, employ security guards to protect her, control Brit's finances, change the locks on her home and kick out anyone currently living there. In addition, the court also reportedly granted Jamie and Lynne Spears the right to prosecute a restraining order against Spears's friend Sam Lutfi, who has been embroiled in a struggle with the Spears family for control of the singer for the past week. On Thursday, Lutfi called Jamie and Lynne Spears "crazy" in an interview with Us Weekly, saying her problems were "inherited" from her family. Polling courtesy twiigs.com....

By Liz Kelly  |  06:30 PM ET, 02/01/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/07/2008

Dr. Phil Gets Real. Real Low, That Is

Dr. Phil McGraw: A friend in need is a friend in greed. (AP) I always suspected Dr. Phil McGraw of being a major league fathead and now I'm sure. His unsolicited Friday visit to Britney Spears at Cedars-Sinai hospital has finally given me the opportunity to properly vent my spleen about the drawling, mustachioed huckster. Okay, so most of us were somewhat riveted by news that Brit had been locked down for a psych evaluation following a Thursday night custody standoff, but it takes a special kind of ego to look upon someone else's misfortune and spin it into an opportunity for self -promotion. Not since the days of Howard K. Stern and his unapologetic use of Anna Nicole Smith to declare himself a celebrity have we seen such chutzpah, such a naked play for press. To be fair, Phil says Britney's mom Lynn Spears asked him to intervene...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/07/2008 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 10/05/2007

Friday List: Brit-ish Humor

Britney Spears -- Death Eater? (AP) The inspiration for this week's Friday List is the post below by guest blogger (and Discussions producer) Paul Williams, who is able to take a crucial step back from the episodic hype served here daily and make lemonade from Britney Spears's life, which -- of late -- has taken on the general dimensions of a freighter full of lemons. Before one person decries this focus on Brit -- yet again -- consider this. Train wreck or not, Spears is the proud mama (okay, perhaps a bad choice of words) of a hit song. Spears's new single "Gimme More" -- the same song Brit killed with a rusty knife at the last month's Video Music Awards -- is the top downloaded song on iTunes. An anomaly, you say? Hardly. Her song is also comfortably perched at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart....

By Liz Kelly  |  11:26 AM ET, 10/05/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 10/01/2007

Breaking News: Britney Loses Custody -- Your Take?

Spears at the Sept. 1 opening of Las Vegas nightclub LAX. (AP) The Associated Press is reporting that Britney Spears has to turn over custody of her children to Kevin Federline by Wednesday: Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled that Federline will take custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, beginning Wednesday "until further order of the court." Details are scant, but People.com reports that Gordon issued the written decision after lawyers met with him in a private session requested by Federline's lawyer. TMZ.com is reporting that Spears was again ordered to take parenting classes and submit to drug testing. No reason was included in the judge's written decision and we're obviously still waiting for more details to trickle out. Spears was spotted at Malibu eatery Taverna Tony's on Sunday with her sons. E! News Online adds that "sources familiar with the case" say Spears lost...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:33 PM ET, 10/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/01/2007

Britney: Just a Gum Blonde

A portrait of Spears made of chewed bubble gum titled 'Gum Blonde XLVIII' by artist Jason Kronenwald is shown at left. (Reuters) We've called Britney Spears many things here in the blog -- "bat guano," "nutty," "loopy"... even "bald" -- but "art world phenom" is an unexpected addition to her unintentional resume. One that adds a certain thoughtful irony to the sideshow of a life that Spears has managed to eke out over the last year or so. That sideshow (each chapter more gruesome and twisted than the last!) is chronicled in the new gallery show "Just Britney," an understated title that speaks volumes about our obsession with this girlie-woman gone wild. From demure teen mag cover shots to earnest paintings of what Celebritologists term "the bald phase" to a self-portrait of the latest Brit spin-off sensation Chris Crocker, it is all here in Technicolor horribleness. The show, now...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 10/01/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/12/2007

Who's to Blame for Brit's Belly Flop?

Spears performs at Sunday night's VMAs. (AP) After getting burned with yesterday's sweet little paean to Jane Wyman (who knew?), we boomerang back into the land of teetering starlets with a neat little ethical puzzler courtesy of one Kanye West. Despite the fact that West has a chronic case of being a whiny baby who'd do better to keep quiet and continue making money, he inadvertently dropped some wisdom following Sunday's slo-mo career-killing Britney Spears performance: "Man, they [MTV] were just trying to get ratings, and they knew she wasn't ready and they exploited her." Sincere or not (he went on to say he should have opened the show with his single "Stronger"), Kanye is the only one calling MTV on the carpet for booking Brit, who has hardly given any indication that she was ready to deliver a stellar performance. In retrospect, how could anyone -- most of...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/12/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:57 PM ET, 09/09/2007

Insta-Poll: Britney's VMA Performance?

Britney Spears opened Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards with a performance touted as the opening salvo of her "comeback." But despite early buzz about a stage show including illusions courtesy of Criss Angel, Brit's rendition of her new single "Gimme More" was confined to song and dance, with the only mystery remaining the lack of surprises. (Vote below.) (Reuters) div.TWIIGSPOLL { width: 250px; } div.TWIIGSPOLL a.TWIIGSPOLLquestionlink { font: bold 11px arial; color: #333333; } div.TWIIGSPOLL a.TWIIGSPOLLlink { text-decoration: none; font: 10px verdana; color: #DD8500; } div.TWIIGSPOLL a.TWIIGSPOLLmorelink { text-decoration: none; font: 11px arial; color: #DD8500; } div.TWIIGSPOLL li.TWIIGSPOLLanswerselectionitem { font: 11px arial; color: #333333; } div.TWIIGSPOLL input.TWIIGSPOLLanswertext { /*width: 190px !important;*/ font: 11px arial; color: #333333; } div.TWIIGSPOLL input.TWIIGSPOLLanswercheckbox { font: 11px arial; color: #333333; } div.TWIIGSPOLL input.TWIIGSPOLLanswerradio { font: 11px arial; color: #333333; } div.TWIIGSPOLL input.TWIIGSPOLLsubmit { font: 10px verdana; color: #333333; } div.TWIIGSPOLL div.TWIIGSPOLLtopresults { font: 11px...

By Liz Kelly  |  09:57 PM ET, 09/09/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/07/2007

Britney Spears: The Naked Truth

Spears at last week's opening of the LAX Nightclub at the Luxor Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. (Getty Images) With Britney Spears's big "comeback" scheduled to unfold in approximately 60 hours at Sunday's Video Music Awards, what better time to consider the following question, which arrived courtesy of an anonymous celeb-behavioral savant during last week's Celebritology Live chat. (The question was prompted by this NSFW photo of Brit, whose cheeks speak louder than words): "Brit's Butt: Right before her big breakdown, Mariah Carey also appeared in public with increasingly smaller amounts of clothes. Based on such unshakeable empirical evidence, can we posit that starlets undergoing mental breakdowns manifest their cries for help by appearing nearly nude in everyday situations? Think also of Lindsay posing with her ankle bracelet in a bikini. I think there is a serious scholarly article waiting to be written." Although I had a tendency...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 09/07/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 06/13/2007

K-Fed, Father of the Year

Kevin Federline. His boys can swim. (Getty Images) If fame were based on fecundity, Kevin Federline would finally achieve the massive stardom to which he's always aspired. This morning, Cindy Adams broke news to us -- and apparently to Federline -- that ex and mommy of two of his previous children Shar Jackson is seven weeks pregnant with Federline's latest release, offspring number five... putting him one baby closer to Bob Marley's massive 13 kid brood. According to Adams, who herself quotes Star magazine, Jackson (who may want to check her "Ex-Wives Club" contract before getting too cozy) is hoping the baby will bring them back together as a family. Perhaps she forgets that Federline spent the months she was pregnant with their last child, Kaleb Michael, courting Britney Spears. If K-Fed really (oops) did it again -- how will Britney react? Only yesterday rumors of a reconciliation between...

By Liz Kelly  |  11:13 AM ET, 06/13/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:13 AM ET, 06/04/2007

Analyzing Britney

Britney says her life is "crazy and surreal." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Last night Paris Hilton checked into jail to begin serving her punishment for flouting the law. But I say the biggest punishment for Paris would not be jail, but to take the spotlight off her and put it on someone else. So today, let’s focus on her former friend Britney Spears and her recent letter to her fans that was posted on her Web site last week. In case you missed it, Britney basically says she’s sorry y’all but it’s not her fault. Brit blames her missteps on the tabloids, the people in her life, and ADD. What do you expect from her when her life is crazy and surreal? And, consequently, she hasn’t figured out the meaning of life yet but I’m hoping she’ll tell us when she does. Hopefully via a song and/or dance. On the...

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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/24/2007

Britney Spears: Suddenly Svelte

If nothing else, Britney Spears has an amazing ability to keep us guessing and illustrates perfectly the fact that we, despite our propensity for picking apart celebrities, have an astounding capacity to forgive and forget when presented with a set of killer abs. Hot on the heels of her stint in rehab -- which was itself hot on the heels of self-inflicted head-shaving, partying with Paris and a split from K-Fedex -- Spears has thrown us a curveball yet again. To put it in reality TV terms, she's gone from "Biggest Loser" to "Pussycat Doll" in what seems to be the span of about a month. And where other celebs (though no one in particular comes to mind) tend to show some wear-and-tear as a result of sudden body overhauls, Spears looks healthy, toned and -- as several male friends termed it -- "hott." Don't trust me, though. See for...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/24/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 02/22/2007

Britney Back in Rehab (Again)

AP is reporting that Britney Spears has returned to a treatment facility. We will add more details as we get them. Interestingly, People.com says the confirmation came from Kevin Federline's camp and that Federline has since canceled an emergency custody hearing scheduled for today....

By Liz Kelly  |  12:41 PM ET, 02/22/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 02/21/2007

Oops, She Did It Again: Britney Leaves Rehab

Apologies for not posting this sooner, but that Paris Hilton midget thing scared me off for a good long while: The Associated Press is reporting that "Britney Spears left a live-in drug rehabilitation facility early Wednesday, less than a day after checking in, according to several reports." TMZ.com is also investigating a report that Spears tried to hit a tattoo parlor on her way home, but it was closed. Last week, Spears spent one day in the Crossroads rehab facility in Antigua. Unless she checks into a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, I'll save further details for tomorrow's Morning Mix....

By Liz Kelly  |  03:48 PM ET, 02/21/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:57 AM ET, 02/19/2007

Britney's Bold Bald New Look

Britney Spears shows off her newly-shorn skull. After reportedly spending one day in rehab, the pop singer shaved her own hair off after a California salon owner refused to do it for her. | Full Story (AP/KABC-TV)...

By Liz Kelly  |  07:57 AM ET, 02/19/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/18/2007

Britney vs. K-Fed: You Be the Judge

Remember last summer when we buzzed about Matt Lauer's interview of a seemingly unhinged Britney Spears? We were shocked at her dismissal of driving with an infant on her lap and even Robin Givhan was moved enough to write about Britney's move to the trashier end of the fashion spectrum. Britney vs. K-Fed. (AP) Well, here we are a mere 17 days into the new year and Spears has gone way past unhinged and trashy to somewhere around out of control and Anna Nicole territory. Did she pass out on New Year's Eve? Did she spend $40,000 on a one-night hotel stay? Did she puke in her new boyfriend's hands? And -- the latest -- is she pregnant again? The pregnancy rumor has been denied by Brit's people, but the rest is more or less true. Spears spends more time at nightclubs than with her newborn; she's managed to find...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 01/18/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/10/2007

Wanted: A Little Reality for Britney

Help me help her. (AP) Oh my god, y'all: As mentioned briefly in yesterday's morning mix, a Miami production company may be hiring supporting cast for a new Britney Spears reality show. This want ad (scroll down) was purportedly posted to Miami's Craigslist sometime on Sunday, though I can't seem to find it online now. Still, Britney Spears doing another reality show (the first was "Chaotic") falls into the realm of the believable, almost more believable than any chance of a 2007 musical comeback for the self-destructing singer. The show concept apparently places a succession of average fans as Spears's personal assistant -- 24 hours a day for five straight days: Your job will be to give her guidance, perception and help her with comeback. For this 16 week audition/interview, we are looking for 8 males and 8 females to compete for a position on Britney's new team. The...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/10/2007 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 12/01/2006

Celebritology Clip 'n' Save: A 12-Step Plan for Britney Spears

Spears at last week's American Music Awards. (AP) Since filing for divorce from Kevin Federline in early November, former pop princess Britney Spears has been making a very public metamorphosis. At first, all was good -- a svelte, glam Spears visited David Letterman, was spotted meeting with former publicist Leslie Sloane-Zelnick in New York, and reportedly worked on a new album (though it's rumored that partying took priority, leaving Pharrell Williams hanging in the studio). But the week of Thanksgiving, something happened. Something named Paris Hilton. And Britney went from triumph to tabloid overnight. All is not lost, though. Britney -- who celebrates her 25th birthday tomorrow -- can still turn this quarter-life crisis around and come back bigger than before. Here's how: 1. Step away from Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. Harpies are not suitable playmates. 2. Relinquish all faith in your own judgment. Instead, rely on the...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 12/01/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/28/2006

Terrible Two: Britney and Paris

Paris Hilton with new best friend Britney Spears. (Cliff Sobel/Splash News) Just a little over a week ago, everything was coming up Britney. The singer, long bedeviled by a millstone of a spouse with delusions of grandeur, had finally pushed him out of the McMansion. She also reentered the public spotlight looking trim, stylish and utterly together. She dropped in on David Letterman, skated Rockefeller Plaza, met with her former (star-making) publicist Leslie Sloane Zelnick and seemed to glow with the confidence of a woman sure of her pre-nup. Spears was back, baby, after two long years spent diminishing her brand in just about every way possible*. But for anyone else out there who, like me, had already moved Britney from the "has-been" to the "come back" column, I'm sorry to say she's done it again. Thanksgiving week was apparently one big spree for Spears, who seems to have...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 11/28/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 11/15/2006

Sex Tape? Bring It On, K-Fed

Kevin and Britney in February 2005. (Getty Images) Maybe Kevin Federline is flailing considering the one-two punch of a tepid -- actually, downright cold -- reception for his album, "Playing With Fire," and Britney Spears's decision to kick him to the curb. Of course, we were all pretty sure he was low-rent when he glommed on to Britney, knocked her up (twice), then started rapping about all the things he bought with his allowance, but in the last week, he reached a low not seen since CHUD or maybe David Gest. First, news surfaced that Federline plans to sue for custody of his two children with Britney Spears (oddly, he never bothered to do the same for the two kids he fathered with Shar Jackson) and over the weekend British tabloid News of the World reported that Federline has a four-hour sex tape of his lovemaking with Spears, but...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:45 AM ET, 11/15/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:16 AM ET, 11/13/2006

Britney and K-Fed's Texting Transcript

It has been reported that K-Fed was notified by text message that Britney was divorcing him. While we won't comment on the um... maturity of such an action, it does make us wonder what really transpired. Luckily, we obtained the transcript, thanks to a well-placed source who prefers to go unnamed. The text messages are to the tunes of two of Britney's biggest hits. If you need a refresher, watch "Oops!.. I Did It Again" and "... Baby One More Time." Note: This transcript has been satirized for your protection. Britney: Oops! You did it again You played with my heart, Got lost in the fame, Oh Feddy Feddy Poof! You think we're involved But our marriage is dissolved You're not getting custody K-Fed: I must confess, that your thoughtlessness Is killing my sales Of America's most hated CD But those kids are mine You sneaky serpentine Writ me baby...

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Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 11/07/2006

Britney and K-Fed, a Timeline

A quick guide to the Spears-Federline ups and downs over the past two years. Spears performs in 2004. (AP) Jan. 3, 2004: Britney Spears marries childhood pal Jason Alexander in a late-night Las Vegas ceremony. An annulment was granted two days later. May 2004: Spears admits she's dating former back-up dancer Kevin Federline. June 27, 2004: Spears reportedly pays for her own five-karat engagement ring. [Source] Sept. 18, 2004: Spears and Federline marry in "secret ceremony" in California. Guests dine on chicken wings, ribs, mini cheeseburgers, crab cakes and Waldorf salad. The couple honeymoons in Louisiana and Fiji. Spring 2005: Reality show "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic," chronicling Spears's and Federline's pre-marriage romance while touring in 2004, airs on UPN. Sept. 14, 2005: Spears gives birth to son Sean Preston. Britney and K-Fed in February 2006. (AP) Feb. 2006: Britney is photographed driving with baby Sean Preston on her lap. March...

By Liz Kelly  |  05:34 PM ET, 11/07/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 11/07/2006

Britney Spears Files for Divorce

Britney and K-Fed in 2004. (Getty Images) It's official: Britney Spears has filed for divorce from Kevin Federline just two years and two babies after the two tied the knot in September 2004. The date of separation was listed as yesterday on court filings and Us Weekly reports Spears has already hired divorce attorney Laura Wasser, "whose client roster includes Angelina Jolie, Nick Lachey and Kiefer Sutherland." Spears and Federline have two children, Sean Preston, 1, and Jayden James, born Sept. 12. TMZ.com has the official documents (PDF) and quotes sources as saying the couple has an "iron-clad" pre-nup. Coincidentally, a newly-svelte Spears made a surprise visit to David Letterman last night. Still no update at either Spears's or Federline's official Web sites, but we're watching. So, was this the most predictable break up ever?...

By Liz Kelly  |  04:49 PM ET, 11/07/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 09/13/2006

Britney Does It Again

Spears in July 2005. (Getty Images) We are living in a changed world. Britney Spears reportedly gave birth to a second son early Tuesday morning -- just a few days shy of baby no. 1's (aka Sean Preston) first birthday. No word yet on a name and it's way too early to get pouty about a lack of baby pix. Satisfy yourself with a gander at this Britney birthing sculpture until we have the real deal. Details continue to trickle out to wire stories and blogs. Here's a smattering of the latest: - Baby weighed in at 6 lbs., 11 oz. - Kevin was all smiles in delivery room. - Will Xtina and Timberlake be godparents? - Can Britney bring her career back from the brink? - What will become of the name Jailynn and all the pink stuff? - Is Britney the basis of "Law & Order" episode?...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:43 AM ET, 09/13/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 09/12/2006

Report: Britney Gives Birth

A preggo Britney introduces husband K-Fed at August's Teen Choice Awards. (AP) The National Enquirer (I know, I know) is reporting that Britney Spears gave birth around 2 a.m. this morning to a second son. The report is short on details and credibility, so if anyone spots any corroboration or updates, please add to the comments section. From the Enquirer: "Kevin took Britney to the hospital in the evening hours of Sept. 11 to prepare for the Cesarean birth," an insider said. Only her mother Lynn, and her sister Jamie Lynn were present at the birth. None of Kevin's family was there. ---------------- Celebritology field agent Alicia Castiglione contributed to this report....

By Liz Kelly  |  01:09 PM ET, 09/12/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 07/20/2006

A Message From You, Britney

Jack Handey Britney Spears. (AP) Britney Spears has done it again, made contact with us via her Web site. This time in the form of a snippet of poetry and her thoughts on wildlife. The short posting has all the nuance of a high school journal entry, reeking of that teen spirit that informed attempts to assert angst-ridden creative individuality (you remember, it preceded the attendant writer's remorse, humiliation and destruction of said journal). It's a pitiful little piece of work. My 14-year-old niece could do better than this while battling a summer cold and text messaging three friends simultaneously. If we factor in Britney's other recent gaffes, like a somewhat disjointed interview with Matt Lauer, an abrupt switch to the dark side and a Demi-copying nude magazine cover, one is forced to wonder -- where is Britney's publicist/manager and why isn't this person doing his job? Still, in...

By Liz Kelly  |  10:44 AM ET, 07/20/2006 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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