Britney Spears is offering Michael Jackson a lasting friendship - because she thinks that's what her pop idol needs right now.

Britney refuses to believe Jackson is the villain he's often portrayed as in the press, and she used a TV special which aired in America last night (13NOV03) to offer her support to the THRILLER star.

She told interviewer Diane Sawyer, "I think he's a great person at heart and I just think that maybe he wants me to call him.

"He probably needs some friends around him, to be honest."

And, of the reports about Jacko's private life and his alleged love of young boys, she said, "I wanna think that's untrue. I choose to believe that's untrue."

14/11/2003 19:03