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Just another weekend in the life of Britney Spears.

On Saturday, the troubled singer started the day with a visit from her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, ages 2 and 1, and ended the evening at a Russian restaurant for a dinner meeting with … Mel Gibson!

Once neighbors in an exclusive Malibu community, Britney and Mel were part of a two-hour group dinner at the Romanov restaurant in Studio City.

“It was exciting to have both of them here together,” says one restaurant source. “We heard they hit it off and that Britney seemed excited.”

Clad in jeans, a green top and boots and chewing gum, a pleasant and upbeat Britney Spears arrived at the Romanov restaurant with her friend Victoria.

Mel Gibson, joined by a few friends, soon met them in the restaurant’s private dining room, which features a 24-karat gold leaf ceiling.

For two hours the group dined on filet mignon and Russian specialties, and drank water and soft drinks. No booze for Britney Spears or Mel Gibson!

Leaving the restaurant for her Studio City home around 8:15, Spears “looked happy,” says an observer, “so it seems the meeting was a success.”

Why exactly did Spears and Gibson meet up? TMZ says Mel, his wife Robin and their kids reached out and began seeing Britney during her darkest days.

Robin and Mel Gibson feel like they know how tough it is to live in a fishbowl and they think they can help Spears. There have been private dinners in which Mel, Robin and their kids have hooked up with Britney to offer support.

At Romanov’s last night, Mel and Britney did not walk in or out together – Gibson, unlike most other celebrities, apparently isn’t into splashing his good deeds in the media. Here’s a video of them courtesy of Hollywood TV…