Star Magazine Article on MATM
As pop tart Britney Spears‘ outrageous behavior hits new highs, loyal fans are bound to blame Madonna, her companion in controversy, for leading her astray. But while the stars did share a sloppy kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards, reports that Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie will direct Britney and his wife in an S&M-themed video for Spears’ new single “Me Against The Music” have been overhyped.
“Guy Ritchie is not directing,” Madonna’s rep Liz Rosenberg tells Star. “It’s mostly a performance video. No dominatrix S&M stuff. Madonna did that years ago and you know she doesn’t repeat herself. Paul Hunter is directing and the details are changing constantly.”
As for Madonna advising Spears, Rosenberg continues, “I don’t really think Britney needs career advice. ‘Mentor’ is too strong a word. I think Britney has respect for Madonna and they enjoy working together.”
Madonna and Britney collaborated on the song from Britney’s new album Get In the Zone, slated for release on Nov. 18, and the older star has been schooling Spears in the Kabbalah religion.
Meanwhile, Britney, who flew to Rome recently to film a Pepsi commercial, has been inseparable from her married backup dancer Columbus Short, which isn’t helping her image. And she just parted ways with her highly-respected publicist, Dan Klores, who sources say tired of doing damage control for his high-maintenance client.
“Britney is vulnerable and confused at the moment,” a Spears source told Star. “She idolizes Madonna. She thinks that by following in Madonna’s footsteps she’ll achieve ‘staying power’ long after her music gets tired.”
Source: Star Magazine