Britney Spears' close friendship with dancer Columbus Short is once again under intense scrutiny - after his pregnant wife announced they have separated.

The OOPS!...I DID IT AGAIN singer has been spotted in the company of hunky Short on numerous occasions and they've been snapped kissing. However, Britney's representatives claim the dancer was simply helping Spears rehearse her raunchy kiss with Madonna for the MTV Video Music Awards.

But now Short's eight months pregnant wife BRANDI has confirmed she and her husband have split - and friends close to the couple believe she will divorce her husband if he remains in Britney's company.

A source says, "Brandi doesn't know what she's going to do. If he keeps it up, she's going to get a divorce."

01/10/2003 17:13