Pop stunner Britney Spears is intensifying speculation she and dancer Columbus Short are more than just good friends, after they were spotted acting "very close" in London.

The LUCKY beauty has reportedly struck up a romance with Short, who is married and expecting his first child.

And sources at the British capital's MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL, where Britney and her entourage are currently staying, were aghast to see the developing closeness between the pair.

One source tells London's EVENING STANDARD newspaper, "Britney is a regular here. She was very close to Columbus. There was real chemistry."

28/10/2003 02:19