Britney’s aunt, Sandra Bridges Covington, has lost her battle with cancer and passed away on 21st January 2007.
Larry Rudolph has denied reports that Britney is pregnant again, calling a recent report claiming that she is expecting again “absurd.” Rudolph told “Us Weekly” that he believes that the “ridiculous” report came from an incident last week in which Spears’ new boyfriend, Isaac Cohen, accidentally spilt peanut butter, while in the company of Spears. Observers wrongly concluded she had vomited, and thus was experiencing morning sickness.
“He didn’t lick the peanut butter off his fingers, so someone decided that it must be vomit,” Rudolph joked. “Ridiculous.” According to reports, Britney spent last night working on her upcoming album with Pharrell Williams of N.E.R.D. in an Los Angeles recording studio.
Ne-Yo has spoken further about working with Britney on her forthcoming fifth studio album, saying “Her whole thing was she’s tired of talking about Kevin, tired of comeback songs. She said she has a CD changer of 12 CDs full of ‘Britney’s back’ songs and she was like, ‘Can I just make a song? Does it have to be my triumphant return every time?’ And you know, I was like, ‘I see your point.’ So I didn’t give her one of those. She’s like, ‘I just want hit records. That’s all.’
“So I said, ‘Look, alright.’ She’s a lot stronger than people would think and she’s not as – I mean I hate to put it this way – but she’s not as dumb as people think she is. She’s really not, you know. Her whole thing is like, ‘I’m human. I’ve made a bunch of mistakes. Okay, I see that, but goodness gracious, must I be crucified for jaywalking?’ It’s like ‘They hung me on a cross because I crossed the street. C’mon. What’s going on?’ And it’s true, you know, she’s one of those people where the slightest little thing and it’s like, ‘Oh my god, Britney’s a crack addict.’ Wow!”
“Contrary to media reports, Jive’s relationship with Britney Spears is fine. She continues to be one of our biggest worldwide artists, and we remain 1000 percent committed to Britney’s career. She is currently in the middle of recording a terrific new album and we are very excited about releasing it in the second half of this year.”
It has been a while since I’ve addressed you personally here on my official website. The last couple of years have been quite a ride for me, the media has criticised my every move and printed a skewed perception of who I really am as a human being. Behind every decision I have made in my public life there always seems to be an apparent contradiction. I have come to terms with that which is why I usually don’t pay much attention to it. The last couple of years have been very enlightening for me and now that I’ve had the time to be “me,” I’ve been able to sit down and think about where I want to go with myself as an entertainer with absolutely no strings attached. I am now more mature and feel like I am finally “free.” I’ve been working so hard on this new album and I can’t wait for you all to hear it and to go on tour again!
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Larry Rudolph, Britney’s manager, spoke to “USA Today,” about the negative publicity surrounding Britney, saying, “She understands what’s going on right now, and she calls it her ‘rocky moment’. Britney knows exactly what she needs to do.” He added that her ‘acting out’ has fuelled negative publicity, and that “I’m not defending it, and she’s not defending it,” but also that many tabloid reports are simply untrue. “We were sitting there drinking orange juice. She got tired in the club, and we took her back to her room. Suddenly, I’m hearing words like ‘collapsed’ and ‘passed out’.”
The singer’s next album is about half completed, Rudolph says. “She’s real excited. She’s taking all the right steps. From what they’ve been seeing & hearing, I understand the disappointment. But Britney is increasingly motivated to get out there. She sees this as a challenge, that some fans may be questioning her. She sees this as her challenge to win them back. Britney Spears will be back and absolutely at the top of the entertainment industry very soon.” There is no official release date yet, but Rudolph says an ‘educated guess’ calls for a single released in late summer and an album in late fall.
Rumours have circulated that Jive Records are ‘unhappy’ with the “5 songs” submitted for Britney’s fifth record, that she is in rehab and that they are worried about her image. Jive Records have responded, saying “Britney is not in rehab, and the piece is inaccurate. We have no clue where they got their ‘information’. Britney is in the middle of recording, for a 2007 album.”
Larry Rudolph, who has been reinstated as Britney’s manager told “The New York Post” from his holiday in Mexico “I don’t know where the ‘information’ came from, but I can only tell you we’re in the middle of recording an album. And you can quote me on that.”
Britney hosted a New Year’s Eve party last night at Club Pure in Cesar’s Palace, in Vegas. She was accompanied by Larry Rudolph and her bodyguard, but left early; according to reports, Britney was ‘carried out’ of the event at 12.45am, beforehand she was seen having a good time and dancing to “I’m A Slave 4 U.” She told reporters her New Year’s resolution was to “stop biting my nails” and “just to take care of me more.” Her manager, Larry Rudolph said “She’s fine. She had been travelling all day. There is nothing out of the ordinary here. She was not drunk; she was just tired and falling asleep. It was a late night for her. She hadn’t been drinking that much.”