Britney Spears' first husband Jason Alexander claims her team misled him over ending 55-hour Vegas marriage
BRITNEY Spears’ first husband and childhood friend Jason Alexander has stepped forward to support her in her battle against her minders.
He was married to the Toxic singer for 55 hours after a spur-of-the-moment wedding in Las Vegas in 2004 — but now claims her team misled him into ending the union.
Following the marriage’s annulment, he also claims Britney’s people stopped him from ever speaking to her despite them both wanting to pursue a relationship.
Jason — who went to school with Britney and claims they “consummated the marriage in the limousine on the way back to the hotel” — said: “They told me if I would sign the contracts — the annulment — they would let me and Britney continue our relationship, and if we felt the same way in six months they would give us a proper marriage.
“So I had no reason to believe otherwise. I thought that’s what the truth was. They were allowing Britney and I to still have phone communication.
“So we were talking every day and I still believed the story I was told, that they were going to let us continue to talk and then we would have this marriage, right, in the future if we felt the same way.”
But he was warned by his lawyers to appeal the annul-ment within 30 days or it would be made permanent, at which point he could be cut off — which is exactly what happened.
Speaking on the podcast Toxic: The Britney Spears Story, Jason said: “Literally the day after, like, the 30 days was up, I remember trying to call the number I had for Britney and it was like, ‘Beep, beep, beep [to indicate it had been disconnected]’. I’m like, ‘F*** they got me! Motherf***ers!’ So that was it.”
Britney was put under her controversial conservatorship in 2008, giving her dad Jamie full control over her life.
This was partly because of the impact her then manager Sam Lutfi was having over her, as her dad believed he was taking advantage.
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But now Sam, too, has apologised to Britney, insisting he “failed” her by letting the conservatorship happen.
He tweeted: “If she hates me after she’s free, I won’t blame her. I failed her. I was supposed to protect her from all this, I let her down and we both paid dearly. Head in hands, I’m so sorry.”
Jason and Sam both speaking out comes after Britney railed against her dad again in court this week, saying he should be charged for “abuse”.
Plenty of people have taken advantage of Britney over the years.
Hopefully the court case finally puts an end to that.
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Harry's mane rival
HARRY Styles has some competition when it comes to having the most outrageous fashion sense in music after Maneskin frontman Damiano David wore this eye-popping lingerie look.
He stripped down in the video for the Italian Eurovision winners’ track I Wanna Be Your Slave, released last night.
In keeping with the song’s racy lyrics about being submissive in the bedroom, the promo sees the group get themselves into a number of positions that made even me blush.
Mix win war of wax
MAKING a song and dance has paid off for Little Mix, who are finally to be immortalised in wax at Madame Tussauds.
It comes after they moaned last year about not featuring at the London attraction.
Jade thirlwall said their ten-year career in pop more than justified their place there, joking: “You can melt down Olly Murs and make it into us.”
Figures of the group will go on display later this summer – along with one of Jesy Nelson, who quit the line-up in December.
Jade said: “It’s finally happened. We’re buzzing.”
Chris: Naps will fix you
NO wonder Coldplay are so successful. Frontman Chris Martin works day and night on their music – quite literally.
The singer claims he barely sleeps at night and merely has the occasional nap, along with two sessions of meditation each day.
Chris said: “I don’t sleep very much in the nighttime. I meditate and also I occasionally take a nap. I was encouraged on that by kickboxer Conor McGregor’s trainer.
“After we played in Dublin last time, I went to train in a gym and he said the key to life is making yourself lie down for 15 minutes and close your eyes in the afternoon.”
Speaking ahead of the band’s upcoming ninth album, Music Of The Spheres, which is expected to be out later this year, he added: “I really like being awake.
“And I also think that songs tend to be flying around between about midnight and two – I often get inspired. If that happens I can’t wait to get back up again.”
Chris was once voted campaign group Peta’s Sexiest Vegetarian and the singer has now taken his diet one step further and ditched all the dairy products for the sake of his health.
He told comedian Rob Brydon on his podcast: “I don’t f*** with dairy any more.
“What’s funny when you’re trying to stay really healthy, there’s still a voice inside you that says, ‘Yeah, but . . .’
“And my ‘Yeah, but’ voice is about [dairy] because I grew up in Devon, where you basically washed in it.
“So there’s still a part of me that – despite my body feeling better, and I’m singing better – I would throw it all away for four Weetabix and double cream. And I will have to do that at some point.
“When we first went to America I was wondering why we were getting sick all the time and was wondering it while holding 12 strawberry milkshakes.
“I did milk a goat the other day, but I didn’t partake.”
Whatever gets your juices flowing, Chris.
Let’s hair it for Normani and Cardi
THERE are loads of new tunes out today in time for dancefloors to reopen in England on Monday but with this cover art I’ll listen to Normani and Cardi B’s collaboration first.
The ex-Fifth Harmony singer and her rapper pal posed naked with just long hair to preserve their modesty in a snap to promote the track, titled Wild Side. Normani, who featured in the video to Cardi’s No1 hit Wap last year, said: “I’d already been in rehearsal for three weeks preparing for the video when Cardi heard the record for the first time.
“She really showed up for me and brought this record to life by simply doing what Cardi does best. I love that woman and I’m for ever grateful.”
Other new songs out today include a collaboration between Dua Lipa and late rapper Pop Smoke, a remix of Marina’s single Venus Fly Trap featuring Tove Lo and Shakira’s latest, called Don’t Wait Up.
Lola's Love for life
LOLA Lennox might be wearing blue but her new single is far from it.
The singer, daughter of Eurythmics legend Annie Lennox, drops her new song Love Like That today and I guarantee it’ll be stuck in your head for hours.
Speaking about the track, Lola said: “Love Like That is an expression for having passion, chasing the things that light us up and being our unique selves.”
The video shows her performing on the streets of LA. She added: “Getting lost in the music while seeing people smile made the long wait worth it.”
James getting on road again
IF you weren’t lucky enough to get a ticket to one of James Blunt’s upcoming summer gigs, don’t worry – he’s got you covered.
Today, he is announcing a huge UK arena tour for next year, starting in Brighton on February 3.
From there he will play eight other dates across the UK, including gigs in Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham and London, all in the same month.
And that’s not the only good news from the former Army captain.
The You’re Beautiful singer is releasing a greatest hits album, called The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021), which features his classics and four exclusive live performances, including from his 2008 set at Glastonbury.
James, who gives a nod to his Army days on the record cover, inset, said: “Amazingly, I’m releasing my Greatest Hits.
“I wanted to call it Greatest Hit (& Songs I Wish You’d Heard) but the good people at Atlantic Records suggested I call it something more sensible.”
The 30-track record comes out on November 19, just in time for us all to get word-perfect again before his tour kicks off.
ED Sheeran is still shocked at his success, admitting he didn’t seem like a great prospect for record labels as a youngster.
The superstar – who has now had ten UK No1 singles, sold more than 150million records and had the highest-grossing tour of all time – said: “Everyone was just like, ‘If you put on paper, there’s a fat ginger boy that raps with a small guitar, do you want to sign him? F*** no’.”
Speaking on radio in Australia, he added: “Now I have people say to me, ‘But you must have always known’, and I don’t think I knew.”
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