Pop star Britney Spears has reportedly annulled her shock marriage - with friends describing it as "a joke gone too far".

Spears wed childhood friend JASON ALLEN ALEXANDER in the early hours of yesterday morning (03JAN04) in a Las Vegas church, in a supposedly spontaneous stunt.

GEORGE MALOOF JNR., who is owner and operator of the city's PALMS CASINO HOTEL and a friend of the 22-year-old, says, "Nobody knew it was coming."

However, according to reports, the pair attended an annulment later on Saturday in the presence of a lawyer.

The annulment will be finalised when the courts reopen tomorrow (05JAN04).

05/01/2004 18:29