Heidi Klum wants to “set Britney straight”

A few weeks ago everyone and their nosy mother was saying they’d love to help Britney get her act together, with multiple celebrities offering her advice and a place to stay in their enormous mansions. Rosie O’Donnell and Elton John each said she could move in with them, Queen Latifah said she wanted to “take Britney home and give her a place to sleep and rest,” and Julia Robers said “I see and hear what’s happening to Britney Spears and it’s all I can do not to move her into my guesthouse and say: ‘OK, this is how it’s going to be!’” Even Terri Irwin said that Britney could come over, saying “If Britney and her family want to go in the bush with us, we’d love to have them.” Victoria Beckham, Simon Cowell, Brooke Shields, and Donald Trump have all offered to talk to her and help her. [Thanks to Mike Walker of the National Enquirer for compiling this list of quotes, which was published in his February 18 column]

So Heidi Klum’s offer for Britney to move in with her isn’t that unique, but it does seem like she’s kind of late to the party, and is not able to realize that Britney is seriously mentally ill and needs a lot more than a friend and a place to stay right now. She also seems to attribute Britney’s problems to her lifestyle:

“She can call me and come live in our house with us for a couple of months,” said Klum, a mother of three who is married to the singer Seal and lives in Beverly Hills, Calif. “I would help set her straight.”

“I am sorry when a young person gets thrown so off track,” Klum said, according to a transcript of an interview that will be aired Monday night by the German broadcaster ARD. “She has, of course, lived an extremely wild life.”

[From The Huffington Post]

Klum doesn’t like Spears, and told Ellen Degeneres in November that Britney schooled her on how to use diapers when she crashed her Halloween party. She made a stupid joke about it, saying “[Britney and I] were talking about babies and diapers and she explained to me a lot of things about diapers I that didn’t know. You know these sticky things on the side? I never knew that they were there. To close them in the front, I was always putting string around. I had no idea.”

The other day I got flack from a commentor for telling Britney to “buck up,” in the same article in which I mentioned that the tabloids claimed last week that she was diagnosed with schizophrenia as well as bipolar disorder. Xiaoecho told me that “people with mental illness cannot ‘buck up’, they do not have the luxury of that choice. their thought processes are severely unbalanced….that is why they are mentally ill’” and I hung my head in shame for about 1/2 a minute until I realized I better move on to the next piece of throwaway gossip. I try to be sensitive about these type of situations, but I’m trying to write as fast as possible and sometimes you say things that you don’t think through properly.

So I guess you could see where Klum would think that Britney just needs to have some structure and order, and that she could somehow be able to help her. It’s not that easy for someone with a mental illness, though, and Britney’s problem goes well beyond not having a stable home life. While I usually like Klum, her wide-mouthed mug is all over the place in Germany where I live and I’m gradually souring on her. A lot of celebrities have offered Britney a place to stay, but now that she’s been in psych ward twice it’s time to realize that her problem is not that she doesn’t have peace and order in her external environment.

Britney is trying to get out from her father’s thumb, and has hired a lawyer who claims that Jamie Spears’ conservatorship is violating her civil rights. She is working to have her case moved from LA County to Federal jurisdiction, and her new lawyer filed papers that claimed that she doesn’t even have the right to her own attorney: “Ms. Spears has not had the benefit of a single hearing before the court, yet she has been stripped of her right to access to counsel of her choosing.” [Details from The NY Post]

I wonder if Heidi Klum would be violating Britney’s rights too, in her effort to “set her straight” after her “extremely wild life.”

Britney Spears is shown out to dinner on Saturday at Social with her dad. A fight broke out among the paparazzi and one guy ended up getting arrested. Heidi Klum is shown on the set of Project Runway on 2/8/08. Thanks to WENN and PRPhotos.

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