Did Britney Spears self-harm when Justin Timberlake refused to duet w/ her?

401549 12: Singer Britney Spears and boyfriend Justin Timberlake from the band N'sync, arrive at Clive Davis'' pre-grammy awards gala February 26, 2002 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)

There’s a story in this week’s National Enquirer that I hope is overblown or not true. They claim that Britney Spears was clamoring to do a duet with her ex boyfriend, fellow former mouseketeer and pop singer, Justin Timberlake. Both musicians work for the same record company, Jive, and Britney put out messages to Justin’s people expressing interest. Justin of course turned it down, but no one wanted to tell Britney because they knew she would flip out. They delayed and hedged, with Britney’s dad finally breaking the bad news. Supposedly when Britney heard she threw a huge fit and was screaming and pulling her hair out. This is sad if it happened like they claim:

“Britney desperately wanted Justin to sing with her, and weeks ago she asked him to record a duet for her latest CD,” the source told the Enquirer.

“But Justin wouldn’t make a commitment, even though they both record for jive records.”

Frustrated, 28 year-old Britney – who dated the former *NSYNC singer from 1999 to 2002 – enlisted the help of several Jive producers, said the source. “The producers were working with Britney to influence Justin to get involved,” the source divulged.

But Justin, 29, is filming the romantic comedy “Friends with Benefits,” and is not interested in collaborating with Britney, said the source.

“No one, especially the producers hired by her record label, wanted to tell Britney to her face that Justin won’t record a song with her,” the source added. “Finally, Britney’s father Jamie broke the news to her while she was in the studio.”

Enraged, Britney threw a temper tantrum that would put a 2 year-old to shame, said the source.

“Britney started cursing, screaming and shouting in front of record executives and music producers,” the soure revealed. “She was so upset she began yanking at her hair and pulled out half of her expensive hair extensions. She went off on her father and cursed him out.

“It got pretty scary, and Jamie was completely embarrassed by her outrageous behavior.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition, August 23, 2010]

This isn’t the first time that we’ve heard stories about Britney self-harming in response to frustration. Hell, she shaved off all her hair and made sure the paparazzi were able to photograph it. I want her to be better, and I want her personal life to be as stable as her career seems to be. Yesterday we heard that Britney is going to make a guest appearance on Glee and that she’s helping producers devise a role for her, in which she’ll play herself. It’s too bad that along with the positive stories about Britney we continue to hear that she’s allegedly having setbacks too.

Singer Britney Spears needed a cool down from the warm Calabasas, California weather on August 2, 2010 so she headed to her favorite location, Starbucks. Britney arrived at The Commons shopping center with her bodyguards and when they headed back to the car the pop princess was back to her old ways making faces and acting out while the shutterbugs captured her every move as well as her facial expressions. Britney was dressed in a cute purple tank top, cut off jean shorts and a pair of purple flip-flops to match.  Fame Pictures, Inc

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 7:  American pop stars Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears attend the MTV Music Video Awards held at Radio City Music Hall on September 7, 2000 in New York. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the premiere of 'Crossroads' at the Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, Ca. Monday, Feb. 11, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Consistantly quirky singer Britney Spears shows up to the studio in Los Angeles, CA with her dad Jamie Spears on August 12, 2010 looking a little worse for the wear. Fame Pictures, Inc

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  1. canadianchick says:

    I feel sad for her.

  2. RHONYC says:

    yo, has anyone noticed that brit’s got a badonk-kadonk goin on back there?

    dang! :-)

  3. The Truth Fairy says:

    She has a mental illness, which is why the judge keeps extending her conservatorship indefinitely.

  4. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    I don’t even think Brit likes Justin anymore after he shot off at the mouth about her during a Diane Sawyer interview. Justin revealed personal information he shouldn’t have and Brit really doesn’t want anything to with him.

    So I gave this story from the NE a big capital B for bulls*it.

    Also Britney didn’t make sure paps photographed her shaving her head, they were already stalking her because of the issues she was having with Kevin and custody of their children. Britney was also acting erratically in public around that time which made for good pap photos. They have always followed her.

  5. kaligula says:

    when is JT gonna have the courage to come out?

  6. kelbear says:

    Oh my gosh I miss the Justin+Britney days!

  7. jen says:

    Expensive hair extensions???!!!

  8. Bonfire Beach says:

    Look how cute she was back in the day. JT looked like a total douche – that sweater!

    I feel bad for Britney and hope she gets her life back on track soon. I hope she wasn’t pushed into making a new album and that she did it because she wanted to.

  9. snowball says:

    It was only a little bit ago that she was photographed looking like she did have half of her weave ripped off the back of her head.

    It was really recent though, not a couple of weeks ago, and if this is what the NE is using as the basis of their story, obviously they could be taking a few little pieces of fact and working them around.

    I thought her album was already done or nearly done and about to be released? Why would she suddenly be looking to do a duet, it would have been something Jive, at least, would have been working on getting together a while ago.

    I call bullsh*t. She’s had some moments in the last couple of days where she’s been out looking very nice (blue dress at the theater).

  10. jammama says:

    Oh come on..she’s human just like everybody else and she had a bad day and flipped out. She probably got pissed off cause her ex didn’t want to do a song for her which would help boost record sales or produce a hit. The bitch got pissed…simple as that. Big deal.

  11. Zelda says:

    Stop. Working.

    For chrissakes people, stop buying her music, going to her shows, and cheering the comeback of a person who clearly needs time off to get her sh*t together.

  12. gretchen says:

    For chrissakes people, stop buying her music, going to her shows, and cheering the comeback of a person who clearly needs time off to get her sh*t together

    for chrissakes Zelda, i don’t think that would help her much

  13. CandyKay says:

    My guess is that her career will last longer than his does.

    At some point he may be begging HER to record a duet.

  14. gretchen says:

    never got JT’s appeal, tho he does have a good voice, other than that, nada!

  15. Stephy2485 says:

    She was pulling out her extensions not her hair…It’s way less extreme to pull extensions than it is to pull out chunks of hair.

    There’s not really a story here I’m afriad, haha.

  16. Jasmin says:

    :( While I really don’t care about her music, or really her personal life… I always have this weird maternal feeling when I read stories like this. Like she really needs someone to love and support her unconditionally… and to pat her head and tell her everythings gunna be ok.

  17. citysuede says:

    wow, that chick sitting behind brit brit with lenny kravitz has arms like toothpicks.

  18. Fluffy Kitten Tail says:

    While I believe she has a lot of problems, I also think the media tends to blow up even the most minor of stories in order to sell magazines. No one who buys the tabs wants to read about happy marriages and happy people. They want to read about Britney’s “melt downs” etc.

    I don’t believe this story at all.

  19. guesty says:

    @bonfire beach…so true! lol.

  20. TG says:

    What these babies like Britney and Lohan need is to be ignored by the industry and stop being coddled like a child. Getting VMA awards and stuff is total BS and these 2 girls believe all the hype surrounding them. If they can’t make it like everyone else than they can get 9-5 jobs like most of us have. They aren’t special and shouldn’t be treated that way.

    While it is admirable that Briney’s father stepped in he should go one step further and get her away from the music biz. If she has to be propped up every hour of the day than she is in the wrong job.

  21. Toe says:

    @ Citysuede: I thought the same thing. Thats Mila Jovovich on the other end. She lost all the weight she gained after having a baby. http://www.superficialdiva.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/milla-jovovich-before-and-after.jpg

  22. CandyKay says:

    @TG. She may be in the wrong job, but what else can she DO? I don’t believe she graduated from high school.

    It’s not like she can take her money – or what’s left of it – and retire to a quiet life in Louisiana, either. Idleness doesn’t seem to help her mental health. She only seems whole when performing.

    She’s the Judy Garland of our time.

  23. serena says:

    Oh she’s good in the last photo.
    Anyway.. I don’t understand why she wants to work with her ex.. that’s insane! It’s a matter of fact that he will refuse..open your eyes Britt!

  24. K.at says:

    Ok,I love, love, love BS and really, really hope that this is not true. As for JT, he is such a whiny, little tool.

  25. Jeri says:

    Justin used to be her little boy toy she could dress up & do with as she pleased. He’s lucky he has a career.

  26. thegorilla says:

    just the wording sounds like a lie or at the very least really really embellished, i don’t get why so many people want her to fail so bad, and it seems a little suspicious to me that this story comes out right after her going to a studio and people bringing up her hair a bunch.

  27. Just a Poster says:

    I wonder if one day she will write a scathing tell all.

    Who knows what her mother had her do to get ahead in showbiz when she was younger?
    No wonder why she is a hot mess now. Poor thing never had a chance did she.

  28. junipergreen says:

    With bipolar there will always be setbacks. Depending how fast one cycles there may even be good days and bad days or any variation thereof. Bipolar is not curable. I keep hearing people say that they wish that she’d get better etc. With bipolar it is a lifetime illness that requires constant meds tweaks, often therapy, and ongoing medical support. So of course she’ll act out or have her badly bipolar days. And that’s no reason for her to not have a career. It’s biochemical and out of her control completely. I’m bipolar type 1 with psychotic features, but I am properly medicated and have cognitive behavioral therapy sessions regularly and take immaculate care of myself. So, I’m stable. Many bipolars never reach that level of stability or some do and then relapse. I relapse sometimes and have episodes (depression, mania, mixed, etc). I also have high anxiety, which many bipolars do…probably including Britney. Irritability and rage are part of bipolar 1 with psychotic features or who have dysphoric mania (she seems to and I recognize it because this is the kind I have). BUT I also have a PhD and a career and it is possible. And you can’t just do nothing while you are ill. The best thing to do while being treated and seeking stability is to be kind to yourself, know your limitations, and not lay around like you can’t do anything anymore. She’s said repeatedly that she loves working and that’s what gets her through. I’d bet dollars to donuts that is the truth and it may be the only thing if herself she has left to hang onto, either in general or on her bad days.

    I feel for her. Being bipolar is very very difficult, but to have to go through it with the world’s eyes all trained right on you must suck royally. So much speculation about her behavior and she never comes out and says that she has bipolar…which makes people speculate more. But why should she? She has the right to keep her medical info to herself…it’s just that people will continually speculate. I personally wish people of recognition or celebrity with bipolar would speak out about so that the stigma is lessened and people have more general knowledge about it. People seem to not have a clue, for the most part, and have only stereotypes they associate with it. Sadly, the mentally ill in this country are marginalized and largely invisible. If more people with this biochemical disorder would speak out about it, even Britney would be less scrutinized. Or until she says something about it herself and then people may let up on her.

    I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes.

  29. Conando says:

    @CandyKay: Except Judy Garland had lasting talent and could sing and act wonderfully.

  30. p3rp3tu4 says:

    I have only casually viewed info on her over the years as I am not into her music etc. I always wondered if something or someone broke her heart to make her go for the other guy… that she had children with …

  31. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Junipergreen: Thank you for sharing. I agree that it is very likely she suffers from this, and would only improve things for herself and others if she were willing come forward on it. Unfortunately mental illness is still so stigmatized and I too cringe at the posts where people ‘wish she would get better’ or ‘retire and take a long rest’. She will never get better, and sitting idle would be the worst thing for her.

  32. gretchen says:

    thanks junipergreen for shedding some light on a hard to understand illness…i will have to look it up as to whether it is a mental illness or a biochemical illness, or are they both considered the same…..thanks again, i’m happy for you that you understand completely your bipolar and have the treatment to stabilize as you say, which would seem to be the goal. thanks again and happy days :)

  33. GatsbyGal says:

    This chick needs a straightjacket. If she weren’t famous and was just a normal woman having these kinds of outbursts, she’d be doped up in some psychiatric hospital by now with zero custody of her kids. But nooooo, she’s famous and people rely on her to make them lots of money. It’s only a matter of time until she either kills herself or drowns one of her kids in a tub or something.

  34. BlessedBeauty says:

    He wanted to help her career back in 07 YET she ignored him… why would she care about him NOW?

    This story is a desperate attempt, but nothing unusual for N.E.

    @ CB regarding the shaving of the head incident… Britney made it very clear why she was did it. It wasn’t self-harm. It was liberation.

  35. CandyKay says:

    Thanks for your post, Junipergreen. I learned something.

    I agree that it would be great if Britney would “come out” about her illness. That’s one of the socially useful aspects of fame, the ability to bring things generally not talked about onto the public agenda.

  36. Lita says:

    @GatsbyGal – I think that’s a bit rough. She’s never done anything to suggest that “it’s only a matter of time until she either kills herself or drowns one of her kids..”

    Even *if* we’re to assume this story as being gospel truth, with the hyperbole removed she chucked a hissy fit when something related to an old hurt went badly and pulled a hair extention out. To say that “with these kinds of outbursts” she should be locked up – well, I find your solution to mental health a bit 19th century Bedlam.

  37. moocowhead says:

    Woah – Mila Jovovich and John Frusciante sitting behind the teenaged britbrit&Pipsqueak pair. Nobody will get this but it puts into perspective for me just how long ago that was! D:

  38. Truthzbetta says:

    Britney’s really aged well. Still in her twenties and looks …

    LOL, I can’t keep going with this. Yikes she and her breast aug are luging down hill at breakneck speeds.

  39. sally says:

    Why does everyone keep hoping she “gets well?” The girl’s just a spoiled brat who no longer gets her own way and has a tantrum.

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