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Ever since the hottest kiss ever, Madonna and Britney Spears have been inexorably linked in the minds of the public.

It's only fitting, then, that the pop star was caught taking off in her Escalade ESV without buckling her 17-month-old son.

Britney Spears and Jayden

Wait, which star are we talking about? The adopted mother of 17-month-old David Banda or troubled train wreck mom of Sean Preston (also 17 months)?

Amazingly, it's the 48-year-old Madonna who jeopardized her adopted son's life and provided The Hollywood Gossip amusement in this case.

There was no car seat," a source says. "She sat in the middle row, and they left with David on her lap."

Reps for the legendary singer/children's book author tell Us Weekly that "proper protection and security measures are always taken for Madonna's children."

No word on whether Madonna's rep also said Jason Wahler is a model citizen.

Rumor has it that Jayden James is already freaking that he's going to get dropped or abandoned at some point soon. We all know that Britney's lost her mind, so we don't blame him - but at least a sane Kevin Federline is taking care of the little tyke.

One would think that after raising three kids, finding spiritual enlightenment, and witnessing Britney Spears' amazing public crotch shot meltdown, Madonna would have it all figured out.

Apparently not. All we know is that these two need to make out again.

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Britney Spears may have her share of critics, and the depressed, fallen pop star certainly has addictions and other personal issues to address.

But she's still got people in her corner. Estranged husband Kevin Federline has been trying to get her help for weeks, and has stood by her in rehab.

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Now, we can count producer Timbaland and his BFF, Brit's former boyfriend Justin Timberlake, among those who want to help the bald and beleaguered star resurrect her career.

Timbaland (right) has approached Timberlake about working with Spears on a comeback project, and her ex has agreed to lend a hand.

The rapper and producer - real name Timothy Mosley - tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "I feel her pain, it really bothers me.

"I'm the type of person who tries to save the world," he said. "I just want to take her away, go overseas, and work (it) out."

Save the world? Isn't that a little extreme? Wanting to help the mother of Jayden James is nice and all, but it doesn't exactly make you Bono, Timbaland. Come on.

In any case, Timbaland says he invited Timberlake, whom he calls his "best friend," to work with him to help Spears.

"I asked Justin," Timbaland recalls. "'How would you feel about me working with Britney?' I had to ask him that. I said, 'Would you do it with me?'"

JT, who has been publicly supportive of his ex, agreed on one condition:

"She's just gotta be serious."

No stipulations about a dick in a box, fortunately.

Spears, has clearly lost her mind over the past few months, is seeking treatment at a drug and rehabilitation center in California after two prior failed efforts to get clean.

"I just want to hold her hand," Timbaland said. "I want her to be in my camp, to be around Justin. I need Justin to talk to her. Help her, please!"

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Britney Spears has been in rehab for two weeks.

Which is good. But doctors are still concerned about her condition.

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"They're in shock at what bad shape she's in," says an insider.

Another source says that since Spears checked in to Promises Treatment Center in Malibu, Calif., on February 21 (for the second time, after bailing after 24 hours the first time), the troubled singer "has been getting in tons of trouble."

In fact, the 25-year-old mother of Sean Preston and Jayden James has been formally reprimanded for making cellphone calls, has left the facility to shop, and now she wants to leave rehab for good.

"She's convinced she's suffering from postpartum depression and does not think she has an alcohol or drug problem," the source says.

"She's angry at her family and her manager, Larry Rudolph, for pressuring her to enter the program. She feels she was ambushed."

Never mind that Kevin Federline and the rest of the family members who "ambushed" Brit are worried sick about her - and her infant children.

However, according to another reformed wild child, Courtney Love, whether or not Britney Spears gets better is entirely up to Britney Spears:

"You don't stop until you want to stop," Love said. "You can't make someone stop."

The fact that Courtney Love and Daniel Baldwin are offering advice to our girl is somewhat amusing to T.H. Gossip. But hey, they mean well.

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Britney Spears spent the weekend battling her demons at Promises Treatment Center in Malibu amid reports that she's wavering in her treatment.

Some, such as London's News of the World, have even suggested that Britney has written "666" on her forehead, is now referring to herself as the anti-Christ and is contemplating suicide. We're guessing that's a tad extreme, and the pop star is merely battling depression and addiction.

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Her cousin, Alli, was on hand to offer support, staying overnight on Friday and dropping by for visits on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The 25-year-old singer left the facility to visit a friend's apartment in Culver City Thursday to pick up a bag of new clothes that were purchased for her from the boutique Intuition, and attended an AA meeting off-site. But she's been on the premises ever since.

Nevertheless, a source says that the Spears family - namely mom Lynne and sister Jamie Lynn Spears - is worried about Britney's progress in rehab.

"They hope that Britney will stay at Promises for a month, but they're nervous she might not last that long," an insider said.

Meanwhile, Britney's estranged husband, Kevin Federline, traveled to Las Vegas for an appearance at Revolution in The Mirage Hotel & Casino.

FedEx left his two sons, 17-month-old Sean Preston Federline and 5-month-old Jayden James Federline, in the care of Lynne Spears.

Sporting a shaved head that matches that of his newly shorn wife, Federline arrived at the club at 12:15 a.m. The group, including Federline's brother, Chris, his wife and several friends, drank while K-Fed smoked and did a shot as the DJ played several of his songs.

Spies say K-Fed was on his best behavior, flirting with a waitress or two and posing for pictures with the club's dancers, but making sure not to spend too much time with the ladies.

At 3:45 a.m., FedEx & Company gathered their belongings and disappeared into the night. We can only imagine the whole gang rolled over to Antonella Barba's luxury suite. Just kidding.

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Music mogul Simon Cowell has blasted troubled stars Britney Spears and Robbie Williams for checking into rehab, insisting they have no idea of what hard life really is.

The outspoken American Idol judge recently visited an impoverished nation, and after witnessing the horrific conditions people are forced to live in, he believes Spears and Williams' problems pale in comparison.

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Spears, who appears to have lost her mind, is currently in Promises in Malibu, Calif., following months of hard drinking and partying, while Williams is seeking treatment for an addiction to painkillers at The Meadows clinic in Arizona.

"This whole thing is a total indulgence. Britney and Robbie Williams need to get a grip," Cowell said. "I don't know what's going on in Britney's head, but my attitude is I couldn't care less. She should go back and live with her mum for six months."

"I went to a deprived part of the world recently... It really opened my eyes. You can feel sorry for yourself over the smallest things, but then you look at the world and you think, 'I've got nothing to complain about.'

"So when I hear about the Robbies and the Britneys checking into rehab, I think, 'I'll tell you what rehab is. Go to where I just went, where people are really suffering, and then you'll see just how good your life is.'

"I mean Britney Spears is not working in a coal mine is she? You are whisked to the studio in a very large limo, you are flown around in private jet, everyone will agree with you, and physically making an album is a doddle."

As usual, Simon hit the nail on the head. Much like when he came to defense of Antonella Barba. His comments about Britney may seem harsh, but hey, the truth hurts sometimes.

There's no doubt Britney could use six months out of the public eye, just spending time with Sean Preston and Jayden James. Don't hate Simon for saying what we're all thinking.

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Britney Spears took a break from rehab.

Don't worry, though, fans. She didn't flee the clinic, pound a bottle of Jim Beam and rage against paparazzi. This time, the break was for more rehab.

Giving Her All

The fallen star with the shaved head wore a wig underneath a brown hat, and was reportedly heading to an AA meeting in Santa Monica last night, smiling all the way.

Britney was escorted into the support group by her assistant, and returned to Promises treatment center - where she's apparently staying after two failed attempts at getting her act together - right after the meeting.

Reports indicate the rehab center is saying Britney Spears has depression, but may not have a substance abuse problem.

We know Britney has been using cocaine and other hard drugs (a fact that Jason Alexander told us) a side effect of which is depression. AA is for alcoholics, of course, so does this mean the docs are trying to say alcohol doesn't constitute substance abuse?

Whatever. It just seems as though almost everyone - except, ironically, Kevin Federline - around Britney is enabling her problems with their co-dependent behavior.

Ignoring the problem won't make it go away. The mother of five-month-old Jayden James Federline has to admit she has a problem, face reality, and keep getting help. And Brit, help doesn't mean getting boned by Isaac Cohen. Hopefully you've learned that by now.

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Before checking in to rehab at Promises in Malibu for the second time last week, the amazing Britney Spears enjoyed a strange, bewildering day - with two new friends.

Bright and early on February 17, a newly bald Britney arrived at L.A.'s chic Mondrian hotel, ready to catch some rays. But the star was denied a room due to lack of credit cards or cash.

Brit Squats

By 11 a.m., the undeterred mother of Jayden James Federline had stripped down to her bra and panties poolside, leaving observers wondering if another Britney crotch shot was soon to come. She then proceeded to shave her legs in the pool bathroom.

"It was sad," says a witness. "It looked like she really needed a friend."

It turns out Britney Spears got two.

Well, at least for a few hours.

Around noon, Spears (then in her super hot blonde wig) began chatting up a woman in the bathroom, who offered to loan the pop star a bathing suit.

The shorn one then followed her new friend to her hotel room where - after changing into the borrowed bikini - she raided the minibar.

"She grabbed four or five bottles and just started mixing everything and drinking them," said the witness, apparently appalled that Britney is rivaling Lindsay Lohan for the title of Hollywood's top lush.

What happened when the group returned poolside? Not any girl-on-girl action from what we can tell. But it's a damn good thing Kevin Federline took the kids away and forced their crazy mama into rehab. Yikes.

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Well, that's taking it a bit far. But Britney Spears' current stint in rehab has already had one positive outcome - Kevin Federline's transformation into a better father.

Us Weekly has even gone so far as to anoint the man as such on its newest cover, and we've seen examples of this in recent weeks. You just never know, do you?

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A source close to the rapping aspirant and former backup dancer says he's currently put his life on hold while he works overtime to care for his two sons (Sean Preston, 17 months, and Jayden James, 5 months) and bring his family back together.

"He's devastated and cries all the time," a source close to Kevin Federline says. "Kevin wants to get back together with her. He is her biggest supporter."

He means Britney, not Shar Jackson. In case you were wondering.

The former Mr. Britney Spears wasn't always the poster child for parenthood. But his experience with the train wreck that is his estranged wife seem to have transformed him. He may even be helping the pop star get back on track.

It was at least partially at his urging that Spears entered rehab at the Crossroads Center in Antigua. And when she bailed later that day, Federline and Spears' mom, Lynne, took the drastic step of taking the boys away.

Federline reportedly told her couldn't see her sons again until she went to rehab. She got the message and checked back in to Promises clinic, albeit after she went ape$h!t and attacked photographers with an umbrella.

It's unclear how the situation will ultimately play out, but one thing is clear: K-Fed is emerging as much more than the punchline (or WWE punching bag) we've come to expect.

While Britney's public image is going down faster than Antonella Barba on that guy with the small ... you know, Kevin appears to have his priorities in line, which is heartwarming.

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Promises Clinic, the rehab center Britney Spears is currently inhabiting, discovered Britney's "death list" after stripping the pop star of all her possessions when they suspected she smuggled cocaine into the facility.

The list included her estranged husband, Kevin Federline, as well as several members of the paparazzi. A source said:

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"When the staff confronted her she burst into tears, crying uncontrollably. She's such a broken woman. She has dark fantasies about terrible things happening to her enemies."

The mother of Jayden James and Sean Preston has also become "increasingly paranoid" and routinely checks her room for recording devices because she feels "that her thoughts are being recorded," says a source.

Bald Britney is rumored to have been placed on suicide watch - an allegation her manager and family deny - and the staff has reserved a bed for her at University of California Hospital's psychiatric ward. Suicidal or not, since checking into rehab, Britney is still on the edge of a breakdown. Here's what a purported friend of Spears has to say:

"She's convinced that everyone is out to get her... And the smallest thing can set off a fully-blown panic attack. She gets this fearful look in her eyes and starts trembling all over, dripping with sweat, gasping frantically for breath and looking like she's going to faint at any time. It's absolutely terrifying to see. It's the behavior of someone who has completely lost their mind."

Yesterday, Jason Alexander, Britney's husband for 55 hours back in 2004, revealed that Britney has been a hard ass druggie for some time. He claims they used cocaine, Ecstasy, Valium and Vicodin during and that Britney almost overdosed on MDMA (pure "E").

Jason Alexander (not to be confused with the Seinfeld star) says:

"I took her in the bathroom and threw her in the shower. She was unconscious. She tripped and fell. I was trying to hold her up and speak to her. She wasn't moving. I remember looking down at her all crumpled in the tub with the water coming down. She looked so white and lifeless. I thought she was dead. I thought, 'This bitch is going to f*%king die right here in front of me.'"

Good God. If we were Britney Spears' publicist or manager right now, we'd probably kill ourselves. We're not saying that Larry Rudolph should go commit suicide, far from it. We're just saying he's a terrible manager, and his train wreck client isn't doing him any favors, either. Good luck resurrecting that career now!

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After a whole two days in rehab, Britney Spears finally had an opportunity to spend some quality time with her two sons, Sean Preston, 17 months, and Jayden James, 5 months.

Of course, if you believe a certain Britney nanny diary, she's only interested in spending time with the spawn of Kevin Federline when it's convenient.

Little Bit of Brit

In any case, Britney, who had been spotted at Promises rehab center smoking cigarettes and talking with fellow patients, had a chance to bond with her babies Saturday night. Britney Spears' mother, Lynne, arrived first in a seperate car ahead of a Black Navigator containing her grandsons.

Two hours later, Lynne, Sean Preston and Jayden James departed seperately again with Lynne off to the Spears family retreat house and the boys back to the safety of Kevin Federline's home in Tarzana.

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, who urged his daughter to get help during an intimate dinner last weekend, told FOX News on Thursday that the troubled singer is "a sick little girl ... we're just trying to take care of her and other than that I have no comment."

Jamie Spears, who was on the phone from his Louisiana home, added that Brit's problems are "not about what other people think" and that he and the pop star's mother are "concerned about our daughter."

Spears entered the facility on Wednesday night. Earlier that night, Brit went to the house of Federline in an attempt to see their two young sons, who were inside. A strangely sage Federline would not let Spears inside.

This slight caused her to storm off and later go on a rampage, lashing out at some poor, innocent cameramen with an umbrella. At 10:30 p.m., Lynne Spears drove her daughter to the center where she has been ever since.

Which is a good sign. She bailed twice before in less than a day.

Kevin Federline visited Britney Spears at Promises for about an hour on Friday afternoon, leaving his two children at his home in the care of Spears' mother.

The singer's manager, Larry Rudolph, who may be the worst manager in the history of modern music, shot down rumors that his client is on suicide watch.

"The story is absolutely untrue. She is in rehab, and it is very disappointing that various media outlets are running these false stories about her, as Britney tries to get better."