Pop superstar Britney Spears was devastated when her parents parted company last year (02) - but now realises the separation was for the best.

The I'M A SLAVE 4 U singer admits the break-up still hurts her but understands her parents have their own lives to lead.

Britney, 21, says, "They have their own lives now. I think they really love each other but sometimes you can love somebody but can't live together.

"It still hurts. When I was younger, I wanted my family to stay together.

"Who knows what might happen? They might get themselves back together, come back and it will all be wonderful again.

"That would be the ideal thing but, right now, this is what needs to happen."

16/11/2003 10:16