At least that's what we think OK! is going for with the headline below, WHAT PRICE FAME? Not sure what that's supposed to mean exactly, but we assume the point is that Britney Spears' return to superstardom came at a price.
And a heavy price at that.
She has a #1 album in Circus, boasts three hot singles in the title track, "Womanizer" and "If U Seek Amy," and is planning a world tour starting March 3.
But it's no secret that, as she starts to climb back to the top, there are sacrifices she's had to make - namely little Sean Preston, 3, and Jayden James, 2.
OK! claims the singer paid an the extraordinary price for her comeback, voluntarily giving up the fight to regain custody of her boys in exchange for fame.
Last fall, as her upcoming concert tour was being organized, Britney's camp discovered that due to her history, they could not purchase insurance for her tour unless she was still under the conservatorship of her father Jamie Spears.
Until that point, the plan was for the conservatorship to be lifted December 31, at which point Brit would file for custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James.
But an insider tells OK!, "The insurance situation changed everything."
Therefore, on October 28, the singer agreed to accept her father as her conservator - a decision which meant she would still legally be considered a child and no judge would give her custody of her kids, nor would K-Fed allow it.
"Whether it was her decision or whether she was pressured into it, Britney's deal with the devil put the tour ahead of the kids," says an insider.
If that's true, it's pretty sad (and we blame Larry Rudolph). Those photos from brother Bryan's wedding sure were cute, but it looks like Sean and Jayden are just occasional props, and never real priorities, for this star.