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.