Date: 15th December 2000
Pop babe BRITNEY SPEARS won't be going to MADONNA'S star-studded wedding - because the bride is scared of being upstaged.
Oscar-winner GWYNETH PALTROW will be maid of honour, while LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS star VINNIE JONES will be groom GUY RITCHIE's best man. Other celebrities on the official guest list include singers STING and SIR PAUL McCARTNEY and actor BRAD PITT. But there's no place for the HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME singer, 19, who has been involved in intense behind-the-scenes wangling for an invitation that would confirm her as part of the "in" crowd.
A source close to 42-year-old Madonna said, "Britney really wanted to attend and pulled as many strings as she could. But Madonna feared the younger singer would try to upstage her." (TM/WNTST/PDD)