Pop princess Britney Spears has abandoned her search for the perfect man - so she can spend more time with her friends.

After splitting from long-term love Justin Timberlake this time last year (MAR02), Britney has been linked with a number of potential suitors including a pre-J.LO BEN AFFLECK and most recently Colin Farrell and Fred Durst.

But friends of the sexy singer say she's ditched her quest for a new beau to spend some quality time with pals.

A girlfriend says, "It's great to see her finally able to go out, let her hair down and have a good time, without being linked to a bloke in any way, shape or form."