Cunning pop princess Britney Spears is so desperate to prove she's not dating GEORGE MALOOF she's pretending to be seeing the multi-millionaire casino-owner's look-a-like brother PHIL instead.

Sly Britney, who has been linked to LIMPBIZKIT star Fred Durst and actor COLIN FARRELL since her split from singer Justin Timberlake a year ago (02), is reportedly using Phil to try and put the prying press off the truth.

Said an onlooker, "Phil looks just like his brother so she's using him as a decoy."