30 MAY 2002
In the wake of the collapse of her parents’ marriage last week, Britney Spears is said to be “extremely distraught” and has reportedly gone so far as to consider cancelling all public engagements. Sources close to the 20-year-old singer, who was in Las Vegas at the weekend on the eve of her US tour, revealed that Britney was on the verge of backing out of the gigs.
“She was ready to call of the tour,” an insider told the New York Daily News. “The tour was off, then it was on. It was really tense. She finally did the shows, but she ended up cancelling other appearances and didn’t go to any of the parties.”
Britney, who recently split from her long-time boy friend, ‘N Sync singer Justin Timberlake, learnt last week that her mother, Lynn Spears has asked her father, Jamie, for a divorce after 30 years of marriage. The breakdown between the two came to a head when Jamie walked out of the mansion Britney had built for the family in Kentwood, Louisiana, leaving behind his wife and their two other children, Bryan, 23, and eight-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn.
According to the US media Jamie has moved back to the family’s former home near-by and divorce proceedings are now underway.