Troubled Britney Spears begins 2008 with a bang

Nearly a year ago, Britney Spears went into a downward spiral that saw her shave her head, enter rehab multiple times, and ultimately lose temporary custody of her children to her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

Now it seems Spears is looking to make the downward spiral an annual tradition.

The troubled pop icon and former reality-television star was taken to a Los Angeles area hospital late Thursday night following a bizarre standoff at her home in which she reportedly refused to hand over her two children, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, to Federline's bodyguard as scheduled.

Spears is being held at Cedars Sinai Medical Center early Friday and has been designated as a "special needs" patient, which means "they have either overdosed or tried to commit suicide," USmagazine.com reported today.

Photos of Spears in the ambulance show her both smiling and crying hysterically, and at the hospital, she reportedly screamed, "I'd rather die than let him have my babies."

Spears was taken by stretcher from her home late Thursday. Video footage and pictures of the incident shown on celebrity news Web sites showed a conscious Spears smiling as she was wheeled into an ambulance. One source says Spears "went completely psycho" while on the hospital gurney.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jason Lee told Agence France-Presse that Spears was being detained and evaluated in the hospital because officers had found her under the influence of an unknown substance. Police were called to the home by Federline's bodyguard, who was there to pick up the two children as part of the court-ordered custody agreement with Federline.

At around 10:30 p.m. paramedics and an ambulance arrived, and shortly afterward the two children were turned over to Federline after police reviewed court documents, Lee said.

The Spears family certainly has been great fodder for gossip magazines recently. In addition to Britney's latest episode, her little sister Jamie-Lynn, age 16, revealed that she is pregnant. Rumors are swirling that the father of the baby isn't her former boyfriend, but actually an executive on her Nickelodeon show, Zoey 101.

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Where's Dr. Kevorkian when you need him (no I don't know how his name is spelled). Euthanize her so we don't have to hear about all her crap anymore.
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What the hell is wrong with this human being? So sad, so utterly sad. I don't want to hear the word "Spears" for the rest of my life. I've even stopped chewing spearmint gum.
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Some of these posts are hysterical!
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Where's Dr. Kevorkian when you need him (no I don't know how his name is spelled). Euthanize her so we don't have to hear about all her crap anymore.
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As Pat O'Brien recently said, it's gone from a tasteless punchline to a depressing downward spiral. Once, something to giggle at on perezhilton.com were now dealing with a serious illness that's not longer "juicy" or "fascinating". It's just the sad, sad image of what once was. I've gone from laughing and gossip to genuine pity. This is a hole from which Britney can seemingly unescape. I can't believe I of all people are saying this, but I want to stop hearing the gossip.
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I think it is pretty terrible that Britney Spears' name is always being smeared in the tabloids. And now her younger sister is being shamed as a result of becoming pregnant at 16 yrs. old. Who in this world has never made a mistake? I know I have made plenty and I am sure each and every person alive has as well. I don't see half the young girls in the town I live in having their named shamed for making stupid mistakes, or getting pregnant at a very early age, yet being responsible enough to take full responsibility for herself and unborn child. The only reason we are reading anything about these people and their tough times is because the people writing it are ones that have very sad lives themselves and have to hide behind the mishaps of young adults such a Britney. So let me ask you, if you were dealing with all of this garbage in your own life, would you do any better handling it then what this young lady is? Good gravy.. what ever happened to compassion?
I pray for you, and your children Britney and fro your sister and her unborn child. God knows with all the hell you are in you need HIM right now!
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she'll make a comeback i know she will.
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Britney actually doesnt deserve all this, but anyway this kind of news shouldn't be here anyway.:P
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I think we should pray for Britney. If she could realize that God has a plan for her life, she would be a changed person with hope for the future. And look at what she could do to chance others lives. She could be a great servant for Jesus. And if you read this Britney, God loves you and as long as you rebel, He will keep chasing you. When things happen in life that Aren't fair, its because we are being tested. This is her test. And I believe with prayer she will get through it, and win.
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OH MY GOD! Has tv.com turned into an online tabloid? I come here to read about my favorite tv shows, not the latest tabloid scandal.
And if you're going to write something, you should at least post the whole truth and not twist it to make a juicier story! The police said Britney "seemed" to be under the influence of something, but have now said that that wasnt the case. Both the authorities and the hospital have confirmed that Britney is clean of drugs and alcohol (and has been for a long time)
The girl has issues, she might be bipolar, who knows? But right now she needs support, not people that dont even know her making stuff up about her and judging her!
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she is crayz like a fool. but anyway I feel sorry for her. first of all she is a mom. no mom can be away from her child. hope for best
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I t is s sad. I really feel sorry for her. I hope she will get the help she needs. I also feel sorry for those kids, they need a mother who will care for them. Thank God at this time they are too young to remember.
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yeah this is just not a good way to start the year off and hopefully she gets it together
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Oh,well.Gives me a current event to write about.:P
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OKAY SERIOUSLY. SHE IS HOW OLD? IF SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GIVE HER KIDS TO HER HUSBAND THEN WHY IS SHE ACTING LIKE SHES 15 YEARS OLD? "LOCKING HERSELF" IN A ROOM WITH HER SON. A LITTLE CHILDISH, DON'T YOU THINK? SHE SHOULD HAVE FOUGHT FOR THEM "TOOTH AND NAIL"!!!! I WOULD HAVE.....
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she only wants to do all this for her kids the more crazy things she does the more that is published in magazines and that is how she gets her money so when you really think about it she is doing all this FOR her kids!!!!
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At this point, Chris Crocker is all like, "Y'know what? Just go for it."
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Enough Britney crap - please!
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What, no 'Leave Britney Alone' YouTubes this time? Bummer!
Glad the kids are too young to understand any of this.
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like everyone is saying who cares! the only people that is suffering is the poor kids.i couldn't imagine my kids going through that. i really thought she would of been a better mom.she needs to get her life and her crap together.heck maybe her little sis at 16 will be a better mom.you know it hasn't been to long since she was playing baby dolls. ha ha ha what a waste
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She needs help... not joking either.
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all you hear about is the spears she is a bad roll model for kids and her sistr!!
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What's this have to do with TV? She's not a tv or movie star. Who the hell cares about this piece of white trash. TV.com is becoming pathetic, boy, I miss tvtome.
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Leave it to this idiot to take my mind off of world hunger, Darfur, and the War.

What a waste of space.
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She was a brainchild of this well oiled pop machine and she turned into a psychopath. Even more the reason to like independent and alternative music better then this Hannah Montana, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce garbage.
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Why is this news? I am so sick of hearing about her. I know lets shoot her into space and leave her there.
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It's sad, because she used to be an idol to everybody. I hope she gets cleaned up and gets her life in the right direction.
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hope she changes she is really insane and her kids poor kids because what example did she gives to her babies ?!and her sister jamie-lynn !now she is pregnant and who knows if her baby is really from his boyfriend !WTF!really hope she changes!and the kids have a normal life with kevin!
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Geez with all the money being spent on her in news reports, video etc., they could have cured her mental illness by now. Can we say chemical imbalance? Just like Anna-Nicole this ticking time bomb will go off one final time.
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She's obviously insane. I think she should be locked up.
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Who Cares.
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It's a shame on how things are turning out. She used to be a role model for a lot of people.
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It appears we will soon find out what drugs Britney is on in preticular, something i've wanted to know for some time. She also lost her kids, again. This is pretty juicy stuff here, a 72 hour psych. evaluation is serious stuff.
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I'm tired of hearing about britney. There is more important things going on in this world.
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i swear she is going to make a great e true hollywood storiy but it will be a long one
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I hope Brit lives to see her kids grow up but right now I doubt she will live till next Christmas! So sad to see her tragic decline :(
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Well looks like someone at Nickelodeon is going to jail.
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Leave Britney Alone! I mean it!
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Actually, I think in 20 years most people won't talk about Britney Spears anymore. A lot of celebrities of their time much more famous then Spears have been forgotten by most people.

It can't be predicted which stars of the day people will remember far in the future.
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tifer1974, you are so right. I think the same thing. It's very sad. And to think I when I was young I thought Christina was the "bad girl".
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Somewhere right now Micheal Jackson, Elvis's Ghost and Howard Hughes Ghost are laughing their pale white asses off... Other then those three has a person so visible in the public spotlight ever lost it so much? Mark my words... 20 years from now people will talk about Britney the same way they talk about Vegas Elvis, Long Hair Hughes, and Plastic Faced Micheal... And the younger generation wont beleive you when you tell them that at one time she was the biggest star in the music industry.
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Great what else is new with Ms Spears and her pregnant kid sis?!
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I like the part about her sisters baybe not being from a boyfriend but from an "executive" at Nick.....someone got themselves some Jailbait....that is unless he was the youngest exec ever.......
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Dun DUn DUn!!
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Oh to go back to the days when Britney was simply a gyrating jailbait exploited teen...
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You can take the girl out of the trailer but not the trailer out of the girl!
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White trash to the core. All they need is a double wide and they could be the new stars on COPS.
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