Britney Spears shows off her healthy boys & her busted weave in Elle


I was wrong about Lady Gaga’s Elle cover yesterday – it was actually for Elle America, not Elle UK. Gaga and Britney will “share” the Elle cover for January 2010 – actually they’re dueling covers, one with Gaga looking like Madonna, and this one, with Britney and her boys (I don‘t know which is which). Britney looks pretty, doesn’t she? And the boys look happy and healthy too. Of course, the additional Elle photos reveal Britney’s busted weave, but no matter. If her jacked weave is all we have to worry about, Britney is doing great. Thus far, Elle hasn’t released anything from an interview, but the blurb they have online reads like a press release written by Britney’s “team”.

A decade after her titillating debut in pigtails and a plaid Catholic school skirt, we find ourselves cheering on Britney Spears once again. There have been, of course, speed bumps in recent years—a divorce, feuds with family, a very public breakdown—but the past 12 months have witnessed a cautious yet emphatic comeback.

With Circus, her triumphant 2008 album and subsequent world tour, Britney reasserted herself as a pop music ringleader, firmly in control of the spectacle. The album is the star’s fifth to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200—making her the youngest woman to accomplish that feat. And the nearly yearlong tour, with its elaborate $50 million extravaganza featuring DSquared2 costumes (nine outfit changes a night, including Britney as a trapeze artist, a magician’s assistant, and, somewhat perplexingly, a policewoman), was among the highestgrossing concert tours in the United States last year, rivaling those of U2 and Bruce Springsteen.

With another greatest-hits record freshly arrived (and a new single, “3,” which raced up the Billboard chart), we see flashes of vintage Brit, the one we love—blond, happy, and back on top.

This is no small turnabout. Rare is the artist who can pirouette from teen idolhood to a discerning adult audience; not even Madonna, Britney’s idol, had to do that. But Britney was a teen pop princess who knew how to build an image (the virginal temptress) and sell it through videos (her 1999 breakout “…Baby One More Time”) that nimbly walked the line between sweetness and provocation.

Now, at 28, her sound is grittier (as in the throbby 2008 hit “Womanizer”) and her lyrics reveal a confident sexuality. Britney may have sung “I’m not that innocent” on her 2000 single “Oops!…I Did It Again,” but today, there’s no argument, with frank lyrics such as those on “3”: “Merrier the more/ Triple fun that way/ Twister on the floor.” The new track represents Spears’ rekindled partnership with the reclusive Swedish producer Max Martin (Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”; Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”), who wrote “…Baby One More Time” but hadn’t worked with the singer in more than seven years.

[From Elle Magazine]

Yes, yesterday was Britney’s 28th birthday. She celebrated in a very low-key fashion, going shopping, being serenaded to by the paparazzi and being sober. Good for her. Happy birthday, Brit, and congratulations. Hopefully, Brit stays in a sobriety and zero-insanity holding pattern for many years to come. Now we only need to get her to fix the damn weave!

To see more photos from the Britney Spears January Cover Shoot visit

Elle cover courtesy of The Frisky. Additional photos courtesy of Elle Magazine. For the one of Brit in the blue coat, Elle notes: “Goatskin coat with fox fur and marabou-feather trim, Valentino, price upon request, at Valentino Boutique nationwide. Studded leather pumps, Christian Louboutin, $995.” All photos by Carter Smith.


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  1. Linda says:

    She needs to fix her roots.

  2. gg says:

    Overexposed. Poor girl needs a dang break.

  3. Just a Poster says:

    I think this is a great picture of her and the boys! And like Kaiser said, if all we have to worry about is her hair.. Good on her then.

  4. snowball says:

    She looks nice and clean. I can forgive the bad weave and roots. She probably thinks she’s fooling some people with the fake-o long hair, but her real stuff seems to be chin length now. It’d be cute if she just lived with it that way. In her Circus video, she went short in a couple of different ways and I thought she looked just fine.

    I’m glad to see her with her boys – they’re cuties, although I agree, half the time you can’t tell which is which.

    HB Brit!

  5. dude says:

    I really dont think her weave looks that bad actually. Compared to what shes had before. Her boys are super cute, Little JJ looks so much like her! So sweet!

  6. Guest says:

    love that pic…

  7. princess pea says:

    I’m glad she’s keeping her shit together, but I wish I didn’t feel like she is being forced to keep going so hard. I think that too much idleness would be a bad thing for her too, though, so I guess I can’t condemn it really. I would so love to see her rock her natural hair and ditch the weaves.

    I kind of love the insane-o cookie monster-esque blue fur coat.

  8. maddie says:

    She has the money so get her hair fixed period, there is no excuse for some of these stars to go about with this busted weave look.

    There are more procedures out there that blend your natural hair with either real human hair or fake hair, it’s expensive but she can afford it.

    It’s not the showing your dark roots like Madonna liked to do back in the day, it just tacky and looks very trail park like.

  9. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Goat skin, fox and maribou?

    how many animals did she kill for the busted weave?

  10. ViktoryGin says:

    Like Mariah Carey, another chick that looks a hot mess when allowed to make her own image decisions. Seems that somewhere, someone actually knew what they were doing. Kudos, for attempting to take control, though.

  11. diva says:

    I think it is inappropriate for a high fashion magazine like Elle to have children on the cover. I subscribe to Elle to see edgy and the latest fashion, not to look at popstars children. I could see if this was the cover of Family Circle, but not acceptable for Elle.

  12. Sudini says:

    I’m sorry but I think those pictures are really bad. She looks ok on the cover, and her boys are really cute. But the blue thing…and the hair. I get the whole “song bird trapped in a cage” thing, but it’s done so sloppily. Plus she looks so lifeless. Why can’t she grow her own hair?

    I’m being horrible, I know. But I really think Elle could’ve done a better job with Brit. She’s a pretty girl but no one ever seems to bring that out in her anymore..

  13. Sudini says:

    I think I’m just frustrated because she never ever looks happy. I hope she’s able to take a break and find real happiness.

  14. Rio says:

    I swear to God the younger kid has fetal alcohol syndrome.

  15. kelbear says:

    Why doesnt she just get rid of the weave?!

  16. happymom says:

    Rio, I’m going to hell along with you-because I thought the same. Poor little things.

  17. Sudini says:

    @ Rio – I’ve always wondered about that. I hope it’s not the case, and he’s a beautiful little boy none the less. But there’s just something..

  18. mel says:

    For once Brit looks happy and at peace. The boys are adorable and growing.

  19. Carole says:

    Geez… how long ago was this picture taken? Those boys have had buzz cuts for months now…

  20. Sumodo says:

    Britney as Cookie Monster! That circus theme has gone too far!

  21. mollination says:

    I’m really not trying to nitpick or naysay, but the pose with the boys doesn’t seem as natural as some of the celeb/kid/mag photos where they’re caught in a natural embrace/moment. It seems like the staged photos we took once a year as kids. Guess that doesn’t mean anything though, considering i just said I had the same photos with my parents and it doesn’t mean they were any less involved.

  22. crash2GO2 says:

    I could be wrong, but my hair dresser does those bead extensions, and they are just that – extensions. And very grown out to look so ratty at the roots. To me, her unkempt hair and vacant expression are symptomatic of a life lived without hope. She seems very depressed.

  23. mj says:

    Sorry, celebitchy, she NEVER looks pretty. She was once a cute girl who got really far on that. Never, ever was she pretty. And no amount of makeup, hair bleach, giant white teeth and photoshop can make it otherwise.

  24. Miss Thang says:

    She and the boys look great. I’m happy to see that.
    Why has her hair always been such a mess, though? When you see pictures of her in the street her hair always looks like it hasn’t been washed in a week. What’s up with that?

  25. anon303 says:

    I guess I’m going to hell along with the posters who mentioned that sweet little JJ has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Poor baby – but he really has that look about him. 🙁

  26. Kelbees says:

    @ Sumodo

    Cookie Monster! My first thoughts exactly!

  27. Goddess711 says:

    What’s with the blue shag carpet?

  28. GatsbyGal says:

    I always thought the son on the right looked like he has fetal alcohol syndrome, and now that he’s older I’m even more convinced.

    Edit: OMG!! HAHA I’m not the first commenter to mention that! I feel a little better now.

  29. You Go Girl says:

    She looks like the cookie monster from sesame street in that outdoor pic!
    Also, the youngest boy…does not look right at all. His eyes….hope I’m wrong, but he looks a lil’ down syndromish, autistic….something not right at all. The youngest Beckham boy, that has the seizures, looks the same.

  30. Kat says:

    I’m not a fan, but I’m glad – even if it’s only for her children’s sake – that she appears to have put her demons behind her and has been able to rebuild her life.

  31. Praise St. Angie! says:

    Regarding the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, I had read a lot of comments when he was younger saying the same thing, but I didn’t ever see it and I thought people were saying it to be mean.

    until this picture. I googled FAS and the first couple of things that came up on symptoms were these.

    From Google Health “Structural problems with the face, including:

    * Narrow, small eyes with large epicanthal folds
    * Small head
    * Small upper jaw
    * Smooth groove in upper lip
    * Smooth and thin upper lip”

    and this from the Mayo Clinic “Distinctive facial features, including small eyes, an exceptionally thin upper lip, a short, upturned nose and a smooth skin surface between the nose and upper lip”

    he does appear to have just about every facial feature described. He’s still cute as a button, as is his little brother. this poor girl needs to take her kids and take a LONG break somewhere away from the spotlight. I think she’d be so much happier.

  32. sickofit says:

    to me she is not looking happy at all.
    her eyes are dead. and for the boys: i am not shure. the light in the studio is very bright, maybe the little one was crying ten minutes before.

  33. Prissa says:

    Sorry, but MichaelK summed it up nicely:

    “Brit’s Cheetolings look adorable despite the fact that SPF might have a broken neck now, and JJ definitely made a butt brownie (with roasted almonds) in his pants right before this picture was taken.”

    Hilarious!!! :o)

  34. bubbles says:

    even though I agree thay there might be something wrong with the smaller one .. or both, I think it’s kind of cruel to slam these KIDS because that’s what they are INNOCENT LITTLE KIDS WHO DIDN’T CHOOSE TO BE DRAGGED INTO THIS MESS! as a mother I can only imagine how Ms. Spears feels reading or hearing these truly mean spirited comments. this woman along with all the Lohans and Micheal Jacksons in this sick twisted industry has no sense of realityand therefore can’t act accordingly!

  35. Pickel says:

    @ Bubbles — nobody slammed Britney’s kids. Chill out! Pointing out concern that Britney may have been so irresponsible as to drink while pregnant with her younger child is in no way disparaging the child himself.

  36. Bambi says:

    I do wonder about Britney Spears. I wonder who she really is. She seems so commodified– her airbrushed image, her auto-tuned and then lip-synched voice. She wandered around like a lost girl for more than a year until her father took control of her.

    And she still can’t seem to groom herself– you really need to see the back of that weave to understand what Kaiser is referring to. As someone whose hair tangles after one night of sleeping on it the wrong way, it shocks me when I see women with straight hair that’s in dreds. It means days or maybe weeks of neglect. And I don’t even have millions to pay people to comb my hair for me.

    If Britney were in control and able to control herself, I imagine she’d’ve taken a bit more time to recover from her breakdown. Sheer speculation.

  37. crash2GO2 says:

    Praise St. Angie!: Don’t forget about the widely spaced eyes. He’s got those too. 🙁 Perhaps this is in part why Britney looks so quietly desperate. Hair matted, clothing a mess when left to her own devices. I wonder what will become of her and her boys…

  38. pebbles says:

    Just an observation – it’s interesting to me that commenters can go on about Britney’s boys and their appearances/shortcomings, etc. but God forbid if anyone ever comments negatively about St. Suri! That’s when you see claws come out….the Scientologists must have some defense on these boards.

  39. filthycute says:

    She looks great and her boys are adorable.

  40. bubbles says:

    I hope noby ever describes your kids as a “lil’ down syndromish looking or swears to god that they have alcohol fetal syndrome,” especially when they don’t know jack about what you did during your pregnancy!

  41. corine says:

    @bubbles. Didn’t you just say Maddox Jolie-Pitt was evil-looking, and “mark your words,” he was a psychopath in the making? I don’t think you should be the one to lecture others about their comments when yours are terrible, too.

  42. bubbles says:

    I never said he was retarded, slight difference. check your dictionary. Evil doesn’t qualify for derrogatory, Sherlock! just simply stating the obvious!

  43. corine says:

    @bubbles who said “Evil doesn’t qualify for derogatory, Sherlock”

    What!? I can’t imagine calling a person anything more derogatory than “evil”? And, this about an 8 yr old child that you don’t even know? I really think there’s something strange about you. Sorry–I’m “simply stating the obvious.”