As has been rumored pretty much since the minute Season 2 sputtered to a close, Britney Spears will not be back on The X Factor this year.
However, new intel indicates it's entirely by choice - hers.
Sources say there is no bad blood or in-fighting involved; Britney loves the show but wants to focus on her music, which she's working on right now.
If that's just an excuse to get off this sinking ship, it's a good one.
And true. Brit's in the studio recording her 8th album, with Will.i.am and producer Hit-Boy, the brains behind Kanye and Jay-Z's "N****s in Paris."
"Britney loves Simon, she likes Demi Lovato but her thing is music," says an insider.
After she completes the album, Britney is considering a tour ... where she'll likely make way more than the $15 million X Factor would pay her to sit there awkwardly.
Life is good.