Troubled pop princess Britney Spears has posted a message on her website thanking them for their prayers during a "trying time".

In a letter posted alongside an image of a topless Britney, with her arms donned in white gloves and crossed over her chest, the 25-year-old says the reason for the note is to let her supporters know that their prayers have helped her.

"I am so blessed that you care enough about me to be concerned and will continue to live in this brighter state with all of you by my side during this trying time," the singer wrote.

The message comes as Britney embarks upon a stage comeback following her recent troubles in the aftermath of her split from husband Kevin Federline, the father of her two young sons.

The singer, who has not released an album since 2003, has spent the past few months in and out of rehab in between partying and most recently shaved off her hair in a bizarre move which signalled that the star had spun out of control.

But Britney, who has been performing a series of short shows at various US nightclubs, finally appears to have found the strength from fans to try and revive her flagging career.

"We are all lights of the world and we all need to continuously inspire others and look to the higher power. You are all in my prayers," the singer concludes in her letter to fans on her website, which promises that a new version of the site will be coming soon.

Meanwhile it appears that her mum is one person Britney won't be relying on as she stages her return to the limelight.

A source told the National Enquirer that the pop star was refusing to speak to Lynne Spears because she feels her mother forced her into rehab.

18/05/2007 06:52:37