Pop superstar Britney Spears wishes she had waited until she married before losing her virginity.

The sexy singer famously shed her innocent image after admitting sleeping with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

But Britney, 21 - who once vowed to stay chaste until she walked down the aisle - now regrets not keeping to her word.

She told American Talk show host Diane Sawyer last week (ends14NOV03), "If you can wait until you're married you should definitely do that because it is so much more sacred.

"I just think it is really important to do that but, in reality, if you know you are going to be with that person for ever and you are four of five years into the relationship, stuff can happen.

"You don't go around sleeping with loads of people but I really thought I was going to be with Justin for the rest of my life."

16/11/2003 10:16