Why I Still Love Britney Spears

11.21.2004

By Jeffrey Epstein

People take potshots at Brit for her nanosecond marriage to old friend Jason Alexander (not the Seinfeld star), her flings with Colin Farrell and Fred Durst, her relationship and sensational breakup with Justin Timberlake, and, most recently, her entanglement'I can't think of a better word'with dancer and latest husband Kevin Federline. But until recently, has Madonna fared any better at love? I mean, really, Maddy's ups and downs with Sean Penn were as ubiquitous in the tabloids as the Spears and Timberlake affair. And Brit's dabblings with Fred Durst are certainly no more embarrassing than Madonna's with Vanilla Ice (Durst being infinitely more talented). And who can blame a girl for hooking up with Colin Farrell? It's a lot like Madonna living out the fantasies of every middle-aged woman (and some men) by dating playboy Warren Beatty. Granted, Brit pulled the quickie wedding trick, which (unknown to her, I'm sure) is a slap in the face to every committed gay couple in America who can't get married. But c'mon, hets get unwisely married and divorced in Vegas all the time. Heck, even Ross and Rachel got hitched in a drunken quickie marriage on Friends. It can happen to the best of us.

At the very least, Kevin is, for the moment, making Britney happy. And that's good enough for me.

What's so brilliant about Madonna is that she saw it all before we did. We thought Maddy was playing with us when she wore a T-shirt emblazoned with Brit's name at her 2000 Roseland Ballroom concert in New York City. Little did we know that (as usual) the Material Girl was way ahead of us all. Maddy and Brit's confluence (the smooch at the VMAs, dueting on 'Me Against the Music,' and kabbalah) only furthers the point: They are cut from the same cloth, a couple of decades apart.

I can only imagine what the future might bring as Spears continues to reinvent herself. Will she persevere with her burgeoning film career (say what you will, I own Crossroads on DVD)? I'd suggest that she do her own take on the Sex book, but since Paris Hilton beat her to the punch'on video, no less'I doubt there's anything left for Britney to explore in that particular arena. Madonna helped bring S/M to the masses, so maybe it's time for the Britster to don a leather catsuit and whip some slaves into shape. Just a thought. And I can only hope that one day she finally settles down with a nice Guy'er, guy.

So scoff all you like. Britney is here to stay. And I, for one, am glad.

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