Pop beauty Britney Spears has sensationally confessed to having taken drugs.

In an exclusive interview with American tabloid the STAR - the very publication the 21-year-old singer threatened legal action against after it published a story in February (03) alleging she used cocaine at a Miami, Florida nightclub - Spears admits she has made errors in her past which she now regrets.

She says, "Let's just say that you reach a stage in your life where you are curious. And I was curious at one point. But I'm way too focused to let anything stop me. Was it a mistake? Yes."

And although the Louisiana native admits to having indulged in narcotics, she insists reports of her wild partying and heavy drinking have been grossly exaggerated.

She continues, "Everyone talks about my year of wild living - but seriously, I haven't gone out in four weeks. And after two drinks, I'm good to go. My favourite drinks are MALIBU pineapple and AMARETTO sours - I can't drink strong drinks.

"Of course there have been times when I've done a shot or two like on my birthday. Yes, I'll go out and have a good tome. Why shouldn't I? And just like anybody my age, maybe I've woken up the next morning and said, 'Whooo... that was a crazy night.

"A few weeks ago I was at (New York nightclub) LOT 61 and me and my girlfriend JEANNIE did stand up in the booth and dance. Hey, Julia Roberts took off her bra at HOGS AND HEIFERS - so what we did wasn't real bad!"

25/06/2003 21:05