Britney Spears has ditched the "fake" ring she has been wearing on her wedding finger - because she thinks the joke has gone too far.

The pop star had gossips in a frenzy when she flashed the fake diamond ring at public appearances, leaving many to speculate about the state of her relationship with pal Jason Alexander, who she was married to for just 55 hours at the beginning of the year (04).

But now Britney has revealed the ring was fake - claiming it was all part of the wedding "joke" - and she won't be wearing the bauble on her latest tour, which kicked off in San Diego, California, last night (02MAR04).

She says, "Does it mean anything? Maybe a little bit. It's just a joke. It's fake. It's not real."

03/03/2004 02:12