The pictures of the couple appear on the cover of the American publication under the headline, "Britney's Private Album!" Other pictures of the couple's October (04) tropical honeymoon are displayed on five pages inside the magazine.
A furious Spears says in a statement: "Kevin and I chose a resort location where we were promised absolute privacy and seclusion. Unfortunately, staff members took photographs of us, which we allowed them to take once we were assured they were being taken only for private use in a scrap book they gave us as a souvenir.
"Other magazines, including STAR, contacted us when presented with these photographs and refused to publish them. Kevin and I thank those other magazines for respecting our rights of privacy."
But defiant bosses at Us Weekly hit back, "Coming from a celebrity who sold pictures of both her wedding and her stepdaughter, it's unlikely the issue here is privacy.
"Could it be that Britney is seeing red after not seeing the green from these photos? Britney Spears should start a magazine if she'd like to dictate her own coverage."18/02/2005 03:12
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