Pop beauty Britney Spears has called off her wedding to dancer KEVIN FEDERLINE after a bitter argument, friends claim.

The TOXIC singer, 22, - who is reportedly marrying Federline, 26, later this month (AUG04) - had to be pulled off her fiance by her brother BRYAN and mother LYNNE, after the star furiously told him the engagement was off during a photo shoot for her new perfume CURIOUS, reports Britain's DAILY SPORT newspaper.

A close friend says, "The dispute seemed to erupt over nothing. One minute they were all smiles, the next, it all blew up. There's no way a marriage is on the cards if it carries on like this.

"Britney tore into Kevin with a fierce verbal lashing and her minders and mum looked on really embarrassed. She said she didn't want to get married.

"It wasn't until her brother Bryan and mum Lynne intervened and calmed things down that she stopped shouting."

17/08/2004 02:46