Man, in all honesty, I have nothing but pure sympathy for Britney Spears right now. I’m done being snarky. I’m done making jokes. Britney. Please get help.
So here’s the run-down of Brit’s bald-tastic evening:
At 7 pm, she hit up Esther’s Haircutting Studio in Tarzana, Califonia. Paparazzi reports indicate that she was crying in her car outside the salon for at least ten minutes before going in. The salon was closed, but she had called someone to open it up and let her in. Says an employee there: “She just walked in and said she wanted to shave her head. Esther has been in the business for 30 years and said, ‘I’m not doing that.’ But Britney was set on having her head shaved so she started doing it herself.” The salon provided the tools, then helped her even it out when she was done. Says Esther, the owner: “She just looked in the mirror and said with tears in her eyes, ‘Oh, my God, I shaved it all off. My mom is going to be so upset with me.’”
Half an hour later, after a crowd had gathered, she headed a little ways east on the 101 to Body & Soul Tattoo in Sherman Oaks. On the way into the tattoo parlor, X17 captured this video of her (scroll to the bottom of their page), which is really sad to watch. A photog asked her why she cut her hair like that. “Because of you,” she says, and then she kind of starts to lose it. “Who are you?” she says. “I know your face.” Then she quickly looks away. And it’s out of nowhere and it doesn’t make any sense in this context. Britney must know the faces of lots of these photog guys. She’s high, and even in the grainy video you can see how sad her eyes are.
At Body & Soul, she gets a tat (of red-and-pink lips) on her wrist and then goes in the back to have some more ink done (a black-white-and-pink cross on her lower hip). An employee there reportedly asked her why she’d shaved her head. “I don’t want anyone touching me. I’m tired of everybody touching me,” she responded.
Adds the employee: “She wasn’t making sense at all and you could tell she’s not in a good place at all, and that she is totally freaking out.”
Britney’s ridiculously hard-working rep, Larry Rudolph, issued this statement post-shave: “Britney has been through a tragic thing that hopefully will never happen again, shaving her hair was a sort of therapeutic thing for her.â€
Britney’s recent decision to leave Miami early (“because something happened,” says an unhelpful source) and fly back to L.A. (in coach on American Airlines, no less), and confirmed reports that she briefly stopped into Cedars Sinai hospital early Saturday morning (again with employees there reporting that she seemed “out of it”), and her rep’s ominous “tragic thing” statement has the Internet abuzz with rumors that she was raped while in Miami. I certainly hope that’s not the case, but I guess the pieces do all kind of fit together. Certainly something set this girl off. Her aunt died in late January, which is of course difficult, but if that were the “tragic thing” in question, her rep would have said so. Her mom flew out from Louisiana to L.A. to be with her. Something fucked up is going on here.
Also, for anyone still interested, People magazine has confirmed that the overseas rehab center at which Britney spent nearly 24 full hours was Eric Claptonâ€™s Crossroads Centre in Antigua.
I’m done being mean to Britney. Lars, T, you do what you want, but I’m taking a few days off from making fun of her. Whatever she’s going through, it’s a total, unmanageable hell for her, and my heart absolutely goes out to her. In the aftermath of Anna Nicole’s death, it’s easy to remember that what is at one point a mockable celebrity drug problem can turn overnight into a tragic celebrity death problem. Britney has two very young kids who need a mother, and she has a family and friends who truly love her, and she has her whole life ahead of her. I think what I’m going to do at this point is pray for her.
February 17, 2007 at 11:32 pm by Evil Beet
My lonliness is killing me and I…I must confesss I still believe, when your not with me I go insane I shave my head…Rehab baby one more time.
She actually looks kind of pretty with the shaved head but after watching this video the girl is really disturbed. Unless we want another Anna Nicole on our hands somebody needs to help this girl. I’m suprised she didn’t bring her babies to the tattoo parlor.
February 17, 2007 at 7:34 am by EvilT
So the inevitable has happened…Britney Spears checked herself into rehab. Don’t get too excited yet, however, because she also has checked out of rehab. According to TMZ this rehab facility was out of the country. I was wondering where Britney had been for the past 2 days…I almost started to worry.
Evidently she is on her way back to LA. Sigh. I really hoped that she would disappear for a while and stage her big comeback. I need a new CD to work out to and Fergie isn’t cutting it. I really hope that Britney gets some help soon because her antics have gone from “breaking out of her shell” to “going buckwild insane” in the past few weeks.
Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton look really responsible in comparison. That is sad.
February 16, 2007 at 1:56 pm by EvilT
February 16, 2007 at 10:37 am by Evil Beet
omg omg omg!!!
Britney Spears will leave a message telling a FANTASY tale on the voicemail of WHOEVER YOU WANT. It’s all pre-programmed, and it doesn’t necessarily know how to pronounce any name you give it (it didn’t know mine), but it’s still AMAZING. And it’s free!!!! (It’s a promo for her new fragrance).
omg omg omg
The possibilities are ENDLESS here, folks. We can WREAK HAVOC. Omg I wish we still had Lindsay Lohan’s phone number floating around the Internet.
Update: Holy shit you guys I just thought of something even more amazing. The software asks you for your own phone number — this way, when it calls the person, your name shows up on their caller ID. But it doesn’t verify your number in any way!!! So if you’re in middle school, this is totally your lucky day. You can pretend you’re someone else sending the message! And remember that you can identify yourself here as “secret crush,” “secret lover,” “dog,” etc. Holy shit. YOU CAN CAUSE SO MUCH DRAMA HERE PEOPLE!!! Don’t disappoint me.
February 15, 2007 at 4:17 pm by Evil Beet
Once againâ€“I commend you for your Honesty and Integrity. I have been reading your new website daily and am grateful to have that to go to, to check on the antics of Britney. Britney doesnâ€™t have a Publicist for me to clear this thru first, so it will come directly from my heart to you!
I am writing in response to â€œWhere is Felicia?â€ on your editorial.I am homeâ€“in Mississippiâ€¦â€¦.I am now a trained Corporate Flight Attendant and fly with a tiny jet company out of Georgia. I am also a substitute Preschool Teacher at the Church Preschool in my town. I LOVED being with Britney for the past 9 1/2 years. I enjoyed being a part of HER dream, but now, am living my own dream.
I cherish ALL the incredible opportunities that came my way thru my job with Britney and am crushed/saddened/heart sick by the way her life is unfoldingâ€¦â€¦.
I want you to know Ruben that WE (as in her Family and nearest and dearestâ€”ALL of whom are NOT on the payroll anymore!!) are doing EVERYTHING in our power to get help for Britney and all in our power to NOT pad the bottom or move the bottom, so when she does indeed hit rock bottom, sheâ€™ll stand up and walk away from this whole fiasco a new, confident, changed, career driven Britney like we all knew and loved.
Thereâ€™s just so much you can do to help a personâ€”I donâ€™t dare want to be an enabler, and I cannot love her enough for the both of us. I cannot convince her in ANY way to love herself. All I can do is be a friend, someone that loved her for MANY years unconditionally, and PRAY. That, I have decided is the most and best I can do for my friend. I cannot save her from herself, nor can I commit her to any type of treatment program against her wishes and will. I am throwing my hands up and realizing that I am helpless over anotherâ€”ANYONE!
Itâ€™s been a hard reality for me to face. I have lived my best example daily, and that is ALL Iâ€™m capable of. To see whatâ€™s transpiring now, makes me feel a failure, defeated. I LOVED and BELIEVED in what I was a part of for the past 10 years and was so incredibly proud of Britney and all sheâ€™d become.
All that to say this Rubenâ€“Iâ€™m so Southern, and the BEST way for me to tell you how I feel is to sayâ€”You can just kick an old Dog so many times before he gets off the porch. I, FELICIA, am OFF the porch!!
Thank you for ALL youâ€™ve doneâ€“ALL the love and support over the years. ALL the non-judgement and ALL the Honesty!
PLEASE let me know if thereâ€™s ANYTHING I can do to repay your kindness. With as much sincerity as I can Muster,
Boy, I’m sure Britney is really excited to see this thing circulating the web. Actually, I’m sure Britney hasn’t even noticed, because she’s drunk right now, like she has been for the past three months. REHAB, Britney. REHAB.