1:03 AM, Feb. 20, 2007
BY KAREN THOMAS | USA TODAY
Even by Britney Spears standards, this weekend packed a wallop.
The pop star, 25, was lying low Sunday after creating a media frenzy by shaving her head.
Video of Spears’ mother, Lynn, in Los Angeles Saturday shows her giving a thumbs-up sign when asked if Spears was OK. But the singer has not been spotted since she was photographed and videotaped Friday night in an L.A. hair salon, where she shaved off her hair. Afterward, she got a new tattoo.
Salon owner Esther Tognozzi tells Us Weekly that after Spears’ hair was gone, the singer “looked in the mirror and said with tears in her eyes, ‘My mom is going to be so upset with me.’ “Tognozzi says that before her head was shaved, Britney complained that her extensions were “very tight and uncomfortable.”
She also showed up Friday in a tattoo parlor in the San Fernando Valley with tiny tattoos on the back of her neck.
“She just wanted something real small on her wrist, something dainty,” Max Gott, the tattoo artist at Body and Soul in Sherman Oaks, said. “She got some cute little lips on her wrist.”
Says Derrik Snell, who works at the tattoo parlor, “She seemed fine. I didn’t really notice (the hairdo) at first, she had a hood on when she showed up.”
Spears’ camp has made no comments since reports erupted Friday afternoon that she had checked into Crossroads Centre, a rehab clinic on the Caribbean island Antigua and left shortly afterward.
When child stars grow up, it’s not uncommon to see “rebellious behaviors of a 15-year-old,” says L.A. therapist Terence McPhaul, author of “The Celebrity Psyche.”
The reason: They never had the time during their teen years to form their own identities. They are so often used to being handled “that when they want to break away, they aren’t capable of making adult decisions.”
McPhaul says the quick stop at a rehab may mean Spears isn’t struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. Rather, she has “bigger adjustment issues that have never been addressed. Two marriages, an annulment, a divorce and two children are a lot with no break in between, says McPhaul. “Has anyone considered she may be suffering from postpartum depression?”
Rehab specialist Michael Cartwright says that “some mental illness may be going on.” The CEO of Malibu’s The Canyo at Pearce Park suggest Spears’ head-shaving could be a sign of a bipolar disorder. “People who have mental health issues can’t be helped with a 12-step program alone. Therapy, medication and other measures are needed to deal with the emotional and psychological issues.”
Spears has been front-page fodder for gossip weeklies since she filed for divorce in November from Kevin Federline. The mother of two apologized to fans in January after she was pinged for a nightclubbing spree that made headlines when she was photographed wearing no panties. “I know I’ve been far from perfect,” she wrote on her Web site, which has been taken down for redesign.
Last week, amid reports that Spears was clubbing through Manhattan, a letter from her former assistant Felicia Culotta was posted on That Other Blog. “I am crushed/saddened/heart sick by the way her life is unfolding,” wrote Culotta, who worked with Spears for nearly 10 years. “Her Family and nearest and dearest … are doing EVERYTHING in our power to get help for Britney.”
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Britney Spears a Pill Popper? — Hollywood Scoop)
Posted: December 08, 2006
We know pop princess Britney Spears has been enjoying her boozed panty-free nights out but is she also a pill popper? According to In Touch weekly, Britney Spears dined at celebrity eatery Dan Tana’s this week and was spotted leaving the joint with a glass of wine as she walked to her car. According to sources while Britney paid a visit to the ladies’ room, where she plopped her purse down on the counter and in front of several witnesses opened her bag to reveal a bounty of pills inside.
One eyewitness told the magazine,”There was a bottle of Paxil and a bottle of Xanax (for anxiety) that she took out and put on the counter. It looked like a pharmacy in there.” The magazine also claims in their latest issue that Britney has allegedly been spending a lot of time in the rest rooms of clubs and after-hours parties lately. If you know that every move you make is watched or photographed, you’d think she would be a little more cautious…after all, this is Hollywood, news spreads like fire.
Paragraph 4 reads: “Britney’s assistant and nanny were present during the standoff. At one point the assistant told the police that Britney had been “popping pills” all day. Her code for medication was “vitamins” and she repeatedly demanded, “Get me my vitamins!” Officers found a bottle of Prozac in her bedroom.”
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Britney to Cops — “I’m &$*%ing Hot!” — (TMZ)
Posted Jan 11th 2008 4:44PM
by TMZ Staff
Law enforcement sources have told TMZ about the craziness in Britney’s house the night she was committed. It involves profanity, nudity, drugs and wild mood swings.
Sources say when the cops showed up, Britney was locked in the master bathroom with Jayden James. Officers saw Britney from the backyard holding Jayden, who did not appear to be upset. Britney refused to come out for nearly three hours. When she did, all she was wearing was panties. Britney was incoherent, screaming at the cops, “What the f*** are you doing in my house? I know who you are.” She continued ranting, “I don’t need your f***ing help.” At one point Britney, whose moods swung wildly from laughter to rage to sobs, hollered, “You will do as I say.”
At some point Britney put on a see-through nightgown. Before police took her outside, they wanted to cover her with a sweater, and she screamed, “Don’t cover me up. I’m f***ing hot.”
Britney’s assistant and nanny were present during the standoff. At one point the assistant told the police that Britney had been “popping pills” all day. Her code for medication was “vitamins” and she repeatedly demanded, “Get me my vitamins!” Officers found a bottle of Prozac in her bedroom.
Sam Lutfi arrived and told officers that he and the others around Britney “knew this was coming for a long time,” but didn’t know how bad it would be.
The assistant also told cops that earlier in the day, Britney showed no concern about attending her deposition and would not heed her warnings to show up on time.
Sam told law enforcement that Britney had been extremely unstable and had recently purchased a house in Malibu on a whim, began moving furniture in and then changed her mind.
As for Jayden James, the reason cops took him to the hospital was because there was a small bruise on his leg. Britney insisted the bruise occurred on Kevin’s watch. Police took Jayden to Cedars as a precautionary measure.
We’re told police will testify about the insanity at Monday’s custody hearing.
And one more thing — the nanny told cops that Britney would frequently dress up to the nines for no reason. She would walk around the house and change back.