Britney Spears was utterly devastated when her relationship with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE crumbled - because she'd had dreams of being a traditional wife and mother.

The saucy pop babe admits deep down she's more homely than her daring outfits and provocative behaviour would suggest.

She says, "The most painful thing I've ever experienced was that breakup.

"We were together so long and I had this vision. You think you're going to spend the rest of your life together. Where I come from, the woman is the homemaker, and that's how I was brought up - you cook for your kids.

"But now I realize I need my single time."

11/07/2003 00:14