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Britney Spears splits from fiance and "X Factor"

posted 12 Jan 2013, 04:51 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 12 Jan 2013, 04:51 ]

Britney Spears and fiancé Jason Trawick have decided to split the same day she confirms she is leaving "The X Factor."

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIAUNITED STATES (REUTERS) - Pop star Britney Spears on Friday (January 11) called it quits with both fiance Jason Trawick and as a celebrity judge on "The X Factor" talent show.

Spears, 31, and Trawick, 41, - her former agent - got engaged in December 2011.

"Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement," Spears said in a statement to U.S. celebrity magazine People. "I'll always adore him and we will remain great friends."

The couple began dating in May 2010, following a turbulent few years in Spears' personal and professional life in which she lost custody of her children, entered rehab and shaved off her hair.

Trawick added in a statement to People; "As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever."

The wedding would have been the third for Spears. She divorced dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she had two children, in 2006.

Spears and Trawick announced their split the same day that the "Toxic" singer confirmed she was leaving "The X Factor" after just one year as a judge on the Fox singing show, saying it was time to get back to making music.

"I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio.

"Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most," Spears said of her "X Factor" departure.

Spears was recruited to "The X Factor" with a reported $15 million salary after a 14-year singing career that made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 2000s.

Spears' most recent album, "Femme Fatale," was released in March 2011.

Celebrity website TMZ.com reported on Friday that Spears was in talks about a long-term residency gig in Las Vegas. The gambling city is already host to stars like Celine Dion and Shania Twain, who perform for about two years in one of the many hotel and casino venues.


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