Britney Spears has defended often-ridiculed celebrity religion Kabbalah, claiming her spiritual dabbling in the ancient Jewish teaching has helped her through some tough times since becoming a married woman.

In a posting on her website on Friday (04MAR05), the pop superstar tells fans the last few months have been trying for her, but her belief in all things Kabbalah have helped her cope.

She explains, "There came a point where not even my family or my advisors had the answers I needed.

"The answers I was looking for were all in my heart. Through Kabbalah, I was able to look within myself, clear all the negative energy and turn my life around."

In the Internet message, Britney credits old pal Madonna for turning her onto Kabbalah and she urges all her fans to take time to pray.

05/03/2005 01:42