Britney Spears has paid tribute to her mother LYNNE's parenting skills in a special Thanksgiving (25NOV04) letter on her website.

The TOXIC singer is proud her mum wasn't "corrupted" into becoming a domestic slave, like many women in her small neighbourhood of Kentwood, Louisiana.

She writes, "My mom was the best at everything but she wasn't a Stepford wife at all. Some of the women where we are from went to church every week, but also gossiped the entire time they were there. These women also worshiped their husbands in a weird way and talked to their kids as if they were a principal lecturing a student instead of a mother to her child.

"Living in a small town can make it so easy to just follow the mold and go along with how everyone else does things. But my mom managed to set her own course and not get corrupted into doing things like all the other women.

"She would go to church every week like everyone else, but she always looked sexy in her black dress and she was the one all the other women would gossip about.

25/11/2004 20:53