Britney Spears takes slimming pills to maintain her sexy shape, according to a British tabloid newspaper.

The pop princess was outed after dropping a bottle "fat burning" tablets at London's HEATHROW airport yesterday (2SEP03) - before boarding a flight to Los Angeles.

Photographs in the London-based DAILY STAR show Britney grabbing for a blue bottle, which the tabloid claims to have identified as ZANTREX-3 - popular diet supplements.

Zantrex-3, sold over the counter in America, is meant to be used as part of a calorie-controlled diet.

A celebrity spotter at Heathrow backs up the newspaper's claim; "It was definitely a bottle of Zantrex-3. I know what the pills look like.

"Britney seemed very keen to grab the pills before anybody saw what they were. But it was too late."

The 22-year-old pop icon has struggled with her weight in the past. After splitting from Justin Timberlake last year (MAR02) she reportedly binged and piled on weight - before causing controversy later in the year (02) after collapsing at a concert in the States, with pals blaming a crash diet.

A spokesperson for the singer has yet to verify the claims.

03/09/2003 02:34