Pop beauty Britney Spears is reportedly marrying her dancer beau KEVIN FEDERLINE despite his pregnant ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson's angry protests.

The TOXIC singer - whose marriage to pal Jason Alexander was annulled after just 72 hours earlier this year (JAN04) - is allegedly flaunting Federline's two-carat diamond engagement ring even though actress Jackson is eight months pregnant with their second child, according to British newspaper the DAILY STAR.

An insider reveals, "They nearly eloped in Europe. At the last moment Britney got cold feet and decided that she didn't want to make the same mistake again. So now they're planning a big wedding and reception in a few months. Marrying Britney will be his ticket to easy street."

Jackson has furiously argued, "You both smoke, you both drink and you both cheated on significant others after three years. you guys are made for each other. But there are two kids. She better be prepared to babysit."

17/06/2004 13:26