Actress Carmen Electra empathises with pop beauty Britney Spears after her short-lived marriage to childhood pal JASON ALEXANDER - because she went through the same thing with Dennis Rodman.

Spears stunned fans around the world - and received endless criticism - after she walked down the aisle with Alexander in Las Vegas at the beginning of the year (JAN04), only to have the union annulled just 55 hours later.

But Electra, who wed former basketball ace Rodman in the same Nevada city in 1998 and divorced him just five months later, understands what it was like for Spears.

The Ohio native, now married to rocker Dave Navarro, tells America's PEOPLE magazine, "The first one wasn't thought out. We were in Vegas, and just did it.

"So I completely feel for Britney. It's easy to get caught up in the moment. You think it's romantic, but then you realise, 'God, we did it in Vegas?' It's like getting a cheeseburger at a fast-food restaurant."

05/03/2004 09:21