Britney Spears is aware that she is going through a "Rocky moment" but knows "exactly what she needs to do" to get her music career back on track, her manager has revealed.

The 25-year-old singer has come in for a lot of criticism in the press recently for her late night clubbing antics since her split from second husband Kevin Federline.

Although her manager, Larry Rudolph, has said that he is "not defending" her behaviour he has sought to downplay some of the more exaggerated rumours.

On reports that she had passed out at a New Year's Eve party and had to be carried out, he told USA Today: "We were sitting there drinking orange juice. She got tired in a club, and we took her back to her room. Suddenly, I'm hearing words like 'collapsed' and 'passed out'."

He added that he understands the "disappointment" of fans but promised she would be back on form this year.

"Britney is increasingly motivated to get out there. She sees this as a challenge, that some fans may be questioning her," he promised.

"She's taking all the right Steps. Britney Spears will be back and absolutely at the top of the entertainment industry very soon."

Britney filed for divorce from Federline on November 7th last year. They have two sons together, one-year-old Sean-Preston and three-month-old Jayden-James.

05/01/2007 11:05:50