- The Washington Times - Monday, May 29, 2006

Brit, K-Fed at odds?

Could it be that legions of Britney Spears fans are finally going to get their wish, and that the pregnant pop star is ready to dump her hubby of two years, the underemployed and overspending Kevin Federline?

According to the New York Post, Miss Spears was said to be distraught that Mr. Federline didn’t spend Mother’s Day with her, opting instead to hang out with his ex, Shar Jackson, who has two children by him.

A furious Miss Spears then fled California for New York with her infant son, Sean Preston, where she had a disastrous time, the newspaper reported in yesterday’s editions.

While in the Big Apple, Miss Spears, pregnant with the couple’s second child, was continuously followed by a pack of paparazzi who caught her waltzing into the city’s Tao restaurant at 9 p.m. with her cranky baby and a pal — and leaving an hour later when he proved inconsolable.

The next day, a tired Miss Spears tripped on her pants and almost dropped her young son — all caught on camera — and was later snapped sobbing at a deli.

“She felt drained and bombarded,” an unnamed source told the New York Post. “She is not very comfortable in this city, and New Yorkers didn’t make her feel welcome. She has said she will never come back unless she has to.”

Miss Spears was angry that she was alone and Mr. Federline was not with her. “Brit is definitely unhappy in this relationship and feels stuck,” reports the New York Post, quoting the same unnamed source.

Until recently, Miss Spears had been indulgent with her husband — supporting his music career, and flying him and his friends to Las Vegas to party. But now she has him on a strict budget and curfew.

Miss Spears’ representatives did not return calls seeking comment, the newspaper said.

Sharing their joy

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt celebrated their daughter’s birth in Namibia by donating $300,000 to help other babies in the impoverished southern Africa nation, Associated Press reports.

Miss Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt at the Welwitschia Clinic in Walvis Bay on Saturday. The couple also gave $15,000 for a school and a community center in Swakopmund.

“We want to contribute to Namibia and the people who have been so gracious to us at this time,” a government statement released yesterday quoted the couple as saying.

Miss Jolie and Mr. Pitt had come to Namibia before the birth to avoid the media, and the government went to extraordinary lengths to accommodate their desire for privacy.

Miss Jolie, 30, is a frequent visitor to Africa and serves as goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has two adopted children: toddler Zahara, from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, from Cambodia. Both had their surnames legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Mr. Pitt announced his intentions to adopt the children as well.

Mr. Pitt, 42, and actress Jennifer Aniston divorced last year.

Change of heart

Paris Hilton, a recent target of animal rights activists for wearing fur, has turned her back on pelts, she says in the new edition of a Hong Kong lifestyle magazine.

According to Agence France-Presse, the hotel heiress and reality TV star, 25, said she underwent a conversion after meeting Heather Mills, a vegetarian and estranged wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney.

“I am not going to be wearing fur anymore,” Miss Hilton told the June edition of Prestige magazine. “I met up with (Mills) and she showed me videos of how badly the animals are treated. It is just disgusting. I am an animal lover,” the celebutante added.

Earlier this year, Miss Hilton was bombarded with flour by activist members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after she appeared on the catwalk at London’s Fashion Week clad in fur.

During the interview, Miss Hilton also announced plans about the release of her debut single, “Stars Are Blind,” a reggae track that will be followed by an album and a tour. The album also will feature her cover of Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?”

“The whole album has so much different music on it,” Miss Hilton told the magazine, revealing that she’d written the lyrics to “like, seven of my songs.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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