Britney Makes It Official

You may now call her Mrs. Federline.

"All the proper paperwork was dealt with today, filed, done. It's all legal," Britney Spears spokeswoman Leslie Sloane told Reuters, thereby breaking the hearts of men everywhere.

Unless you've been living in a cave or somehow blasted off to outer space, you know that Spears and her backup dancer/hunk Kevin Federline secretly wed last month, with People mag getting exclusive photos and details of the "I do's." But rival pub Us Weekly cast doubts, claiming that the proper paperwork hadn't been filed and it printed sections of Spears's prenup, which stated that the two lovebirds would participate in a false marriage before their true love-fest. Spears and Federline combated the rumors by saying they're married in their hearts and spirit. Puke.

Meanwhile, another man's heart was broken over Spears this week -- longtime manager Larry Rudolph's. The two are said to have gone their separate ways after nine years together, Rudolph having plucked her from Louisiana at age 13. Further, matriarch Lynne Spears reportedly is no longer penning her "Lynne's Corner" missive on Brit's Web site.

In all, it's safe to say this has been quite a week for the pop-tart.

Oh, one more thing: Britney has taken a new fighting tactic toward her stalkarazzi: throwing fast food and sodas at them. So far, it hasn't worked.

Suffering for Your Art

We had a chance to catch up with actress/singer Tatyana Ali while she was in town this weekend to emcee tonight's Washington Post Music & Dance Scholarship Awards Program, which honors area high-schoolers for artistic achievement. Ali basically grew up in the entertainment industry -- remember her as little Ashley Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"? -- so we asked if she had any advice for young people entering the biz.

"I think it was Bette Midler who said, 'Get ready for unemployment,' " she told The Post's K. Wilcox.

The 25-year-old credited her parents with keeping her grounded. "My parents are really cool. I had to have good grades before they'd let me go to auditions." After taking time off for college (she graduated from Harvard in 2002), Ali is filming a new movie in New Orleans -- "Glory Road," the story of the first all-black basketball team to win the NCAA championship -- and working on a new album.

Her thoughts on the presidential campaign: "I watched the vice presidential debates and I don't understand why there's all these experts talking about who won the debate, when what we really want is an analysis of the issues. It's like they're missing the whole point of it."

Noted . . .

Our prediction for tonight's Best Buddies Ball at the Shriver compound is that actors (and married couple) Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg and track and field legend Carl Lewis will be seen dressed in their respective penguin suit attire roaming freely. We hear they are staying at the Fairmont Hotel, but, shh, you didn't hear that from us. And if you're lucky, you may glimpse Bruce Springsteen, here for Monday's Vote for Change big finale, wandering around Georgetown. The Boss just may be staying at the G-town Ritz. But, if it's R.E.M. you want to see, perhaps -- and this is only a suggestion -- you should swing by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Speaking of which, guests there got a surprise when they went to bed last night. In recognition of Lance Armstrong's Tour of Hope, everyone staying at the hotel received a yellow "live strong" bracelet on their pillow. President Bush, John Kerry and various Hollywood celebs have been sportin' the bracelet on their wrists . . . Rocker Melissa Etheridge has been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was detected early and a full recovery is expected, but tour dates have been canceled.

. . . and Quoted

"I don't know what to do with them -- they're taking over my life!"

-- Gwyneth Paltrow to "Entertainment Tonight," referring to her expanding bust since having a baby.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder

from staff and wire reports

Tatyana Ali says she had to make the grade in school before her parents let her try to do the same as an actor.