Besides the obvious–fame, fortune, obsessive fans, etc.–the stars share a strong distaste for Us Weekly.
Both A-listers have lashed out at the glossy in recent days over spreads awarding them unwanted attention.
Spears’ beef with Us began when the mag published unauthorized photos of her honeymoon with hubby, Kevin Federline–or K. Fed, as he’s been rechristened in the press–in its Feb. 28 issue.
The pop diva said she was “disturbed” to see the spread featuring pics from her “private honeymoon album,” which depicted the newlyweds soaking up intimate moments at the Fijian resort where they vacationed.
“Kevin and I chose a resort location where we were promised absolute privacy and seclusion. Unfortunately, staff members took photographs of us, which we allowed them to take once we were assured they were being taken only for private use in a scrapbook they gave us as a souvenir of our honeymoon,” a distressed Spears said in a statement.
“Other magazines, including the Star, contacted us when presented with these photographs and refused to publish them. Kevin and I thank those other magazines for respecting our rights of privacy.”
It’s possible that the higher-ups at Us Weekly may have a wee beef with Spears as well.
In a recent sitdown with Details magazine for a cover story on the new and improved K. Fed (not a dancer, not yet an A-lister), Spears didn’t bother to pull any punches while giving her opinion on the publication.
“I need to create my own magazine,” the “Toxic” singer announced. “People are just way too obsessed with celebrity. Look at Us Weekly. I think the same guy who does Rolling Stone does Us Weekly. He’s this big old fat man.”
(Note: Jann Wenner is the publisher of both Us Weekly and Rolling Stone.)
For the record, Us agrees with Spears that she should start her own magazine.
In response to Spears’ statement regarding the publication of her honeymoon pics, the mag indicated that the pop tart has been less than reclusive in the past.
“Coming from a celebrity who sold pictures of both her wedding and her stepdaughter, it’s unlikely the issue here is privacy,” an Us Weekly spokesperson said in a statement.
“Could it be that Britney is seeing red after not seeing the green from these photos? Britney Spears should start a magazine if she’d like to dictate her own coverage.”