Pop beauty Britney Spears has found the ultimate way to get back at ex-lover Justin Timberlake and his new squeeze CAMERON DIAZ - she's dating the actress' ex-fiance Jared Leto.

Britney was reportedly left hurt by press reports of Justin's four-month relationship with Cameron - but she seems to have bounced back fast.

The star was caught on camera leaving Los Angeles restaurant DOLCE with Fight Club actor Jared on Saturday night (16AUG03) - and pals say the pair are getting close.

A friend reveals, "Britney is upset about seeing Justin looking so close to Cameron.

"Jared was a shoulder to cry on, and he and Britney have known each other a long while as friends.

"However, in recent weeks they have seen each other more regularly and are growing closer.

"She really enjoys Jared's company but they were wary of the attention they would get considering who their old flames are."

Britney and Justin split in March last year (02) amid rumours the sexy singer had a fling with dancer Wade Robson. Cameron and Jared were engaged for three years before splitting earlier this year (03).

19/08/2003 02:19