Britney Spears' new friendship with Madonna has taken a spiritual turn - the pop beauty has become the latest star to embrace the Kabbalah.

Britney and Jennifer Lopez met up with Madonna on her 45th birthday on 16 August (03), where they reportedly discussed plans to perform together at tonight's (28AUG03) MTV Video Music Awards.

And while J.LO has since been forced to pull out because of filming commitments, Britney spent time in a Los Angeles recording studio with Kabbalah fan Madonna on 22 August (03).

Britney later emerged from the studio wearing the trademark red string around her wrist, which followers of the mystical offshoot of Judaism believe wards off evil spirits.

Other celebrity devotees include Brittany Murphy and Demi Moore.

28/08/2003 17:20