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Brian Friedman Talks About Britney's Recovery And Comeback

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HE’S the man Britney Spears confided in during her darkest days. He was at her side during her very public meltdown and was the friend at the end of the phone as she dramatically shaved her scalp and then finally sought refuge in rehab.

Now Grease Is The Word judge Brian Friedman reveals how the pop star is slowly pulling herself back together – and is about to make the biggest comeback of her career.

In an exclusive interview for The Mirror he tells fans no longer need to worry about the troubled pop star.
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Instead she has finally “taken control” of her issues. These include ditching husband Kevin Federline who she reportedly describes as “the biggest mistake” she ever made.

And Brian doesn’t rule out her getting back together with first famous love Justin Timberlake.

“Every decision she’s made in the past month has been positive,” says Brian, who was with her last week as she recorded tracks for her next album.

“I’m not just talking about going to rehab. More than that. Her life is going in a very positive direction.”

This year has seen Britney, 25, plummet to untold depths. After her split from Kevin, 29, in November, the mum-of-two launched a one-woman mission to destruction.

Barely a day went by when the bleary-eyed star wasn’t seen staggering from a nightclub – occasionally with party girl Paris Hilton on her arm – and often without any knickers.

But it wasn’t until February that she appeared to have finally lost it. One Friday night she strode into an LA barber’s snatched some clippers and shaved off her famous blonde locks.

Within days she had checked into the Promises rehab clinic, only to check out then go back in again. Brian, who is Britney’s choreographer, wasn’t with the singer on the night she attacked her hair – but reckons he might have put the idea in her head.

He had his head shaved weeks before her. He says: “I had it cut off just before Britney. I’ve heard I was her inspiration.

“I was having a young middle aged crisis.

As a dancer and choreographer I was always noticed. But after the last season of So You Think You Can Dance? on TV in the States I started getting noticed every day.

“When I did it people couldn’t recognise me. It was a bold decision but one of the best I’ve made in years. I felt free.”

And when he saw Brit later he was impressed by the results. He feels it’s all a positive step.

“It takes a lot of courage for a woman to go without hair and people who have done it, I feel, are great role models,” Brian, 29, says. “I’m a big fan of the shaved-head woman. I hope it’s the new trend.”

Britney’s new look – currently covered by a series of wigs – will no doubt feature in her career relaunch.

“I’ve worked with her over the last couple of months in the studio on stuff with new music,” Brian confides. “It’s all very top secret. Will her new image involve her showing off her shaved head? We’ll see. It’s definitely going to be a change.”

Britney has been looking better lately. The star, who has two children – Sean Preston, one-and-a-half, and Jayden James, seven months, from her relationship with Kevin – showed off a svelte figure while on a shopping trip last week

All that’s left now is for her to get her love life back on track.

And Brian believes she could return to the big love of her life – the man many believe she has never stopped caring for – megastar Justin Timberlake.

Brian, who’s worked with Justin and hangs out with him socially, says: “I’d never rule anything out. They made a cute couple. I’m not going to try to be their matchmaker though.”

Brian and Brit met eight years ago. He remembers: “My friend who was dancing with her was hanging out at her hotel in LA and I went over to pick him up. I just met her in the doorway of her room and she was extremely sweet.”

Brian soon became one of Britney’s professional dancers and their friendship grew.

Viewers of ITV’s Grease may have noticed a bling ring that Brian wears on his pinkie. It was a gift from Britney. She has a matching one.

“She was wearing her ring and we were packing up some jewellery that was in the room to take back to Cartier and she put that one on my finger and let me have it,” he smiles. “We were twins for the night. She’s very thoughtful.”

When Brian became a choreographer, Brit hired him to work on her sexiest videos. In I’m A Slave 4 U she writhes around with next to nothing on, panting at the screen. Brian is credited as the man who sexed Britney up.

“We started really tapping into who she wanted to be,” Brian says. “We sexed her up. She was ready for it. It’s me licking her face in that video.”

Brian, has been a professional dancer since he was 12. His dance teacher mother quit her job and moved from Arizona, to LA to help him launch his career.

He has worked with Beyonce, Prince, and Pink and on some of the most memorable videos, including Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice which starred Christopher Walken.

But it’s his experience on Grease that has shocked him the most. In short, he thinks British men suck at dancing. “British men can’t dance,” Brian laughs. “I think it’s a rhythm issue.

“The saying goes that you can tell from a way man dances if he’s good in bed. And I think it goes for women too: men and women without rhythm – stay away from them. They shouldn’t be having any sex.”

Tonight we see the last cull as the musical hopefuls are whittled down to the final few potential Dannys and Sandys. And Brian knows exactly what he’s looking for.

“I want to see people who can get through rehearsals and listen to direction,” he says.

“It’s much more than just being a good singer. I’m looking for the whole package.”

Brian is also about to launch his own dancewear clothing range in the States. He already has a shoe line called B Free Elite.

On top of this there are rumours he will complete Simon Cowell’s line-up of judges on the next X Factor.

“I heard those rumours too,” he says coyly. “I honestly love everything Simon says.”

But behind the scenes, Brian will continue to do what he does best – being a dependable friend to one of the world’s biggest pop stars as she begins the next stage of her life.

“She’s a strong woman and I’m sure she’ll do what’s best,” Brian says. “I’m proud of her for taking control.”

Source: Daily Mirror

Huge Fallout Between Britney And Her Managment And Family Confirmed

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Britney Spears’s father has publicly criticized his daughter, saying she blames her family and her manager for problems that are her own fault.

In an e-mail to the New York Post’s Page Six column, Jamie Spears defends Britney’s former manager, Larry Rudolph, whom she reportedly fired April 13.

“When Larry Rudolph talked Britney into going into rehab, he was doing what her mother, father and team of professionals with over 100 years of experience knew needed to be done,” Spears writes. “She was out of control. Larry was the one chosen by the team to roll up his sleeves and deliver the message, to help save her life.

“The Spears family would like to publicly apologize to Larry for our daughter’s statements about him over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, she blames him and her family for where she is at today with her kids and career. Larry has always been there for Britney. For this, we will forever be grateful to him.”

In a recent online video posted by a Los Angeles photography agency, Spears, 25, makes an apparent reference to Rudolph. “My management totally knew what they were doing when they sent me to rehab,” she says sarcastically to the camera, giving a double thumbs up. “They were so right.”

Spears, who checked out of Promises Malibu Treatment Center in March after a month-long stay, told Page Six via her rep: “I am praying for my father. We have never had a good relationship.”

Since her stint in rehab, the singer has been busy getting back to fighting weight working on her new album, PEOPLE reports in its new issue.

Source: People Magazine

Britney's New Trainer Says She's Working "Extremely Hard"

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Some people lose money in Vegas. Britney Spears apparently loses weight.

With Britney’s penchant for mini-dresses – and photographers’ penchant for Britney – it’s been hard to miss her noticeably leaner post-rehab figure (12 pounds leaner, to be exact), which Brit’s new trainer, Manny Bujold, says is the result of more squats and fewer Cheetos. “She works extremely hard,” Bujold tells Us Weekly.

However, the 25-year-old pop star was spotted at a LipoDissolve clinic in Las Vegas on March 31, leading people to wonder if Britney gave her rapid weight loss a shot in the arm – with a series of shots that literally melt away extra pounds.

This wouldn’t be the first time Britney had a cosmetic trick up her sleeve – or, um, under her wig. Just a few days prior to her LipoDissolve mission, Britney also visited a celebrity dentist to erase all traces of Red Bull and Coke from her frequently flashed chompers with the Zoom whitening treatment.

Now if only a doctor could make those hats disappear.

For more details on Britney’s body makeover (including her training tricks), pick up the current issue of Us Weekly on newsstands now.

Source: Us Weekly

Britney's Manager Says She's Taking Her Recovery "Very Seriously"

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American Idol doesn’t just bring out the stars—it brings out the star’s embattled reps. Ryan Seacrest spoke exclusively with Britney Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph at Wednesday’s results show, where he confirmed reports of trouble in professional paradise, admitting that there has been “friction” between him and his recovering star client since she left rehab last month. Rudolph added that Spears is nonetheless doing much better, focusing on her work and taking her recovery “very seriously.”

Source: E! News

Britney Back At The Dance Studio

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Britney Spears rolled back to a Studio City dance studio yesterday looking like a shell of her more recent self.

TMZ spotted the trainwreck-on-the-mend on her way out of Millennium Dance Complex, where it appears her jazzercise sessions are paying off. Brit looked like she’s shed a few pounds, and could even be confused with her younger sis Jamie-Lynn — well, a bald, tatted Jamie-Lynn.

Brit’s dancing/Red Bull diet plan seems to be doing the trick. Now if only she could do something about that hair.

Source: TMZ