LATEST: Britney Spears has ditched plans to portray a woman committing suicide in her bathtub, following a slew of complaints when her plans were unveiled.

According to a treatment MTV NEWS obtained for the TOXIC singer's forthcoming EVERYTIME video, Spears was going to appear to have taken pills and drowned in a bathtub. Camera tricks and surprise plot developments were designed to keep the results somewhat mysterious.

But Spears has decided against using those scenes - which she maintains were meant to depict accidental death, not suicide - and has revised the concept for the clip accordingly.

A statement released by her representatives at JIVE RECORDS reads, "Britney Spears was uncomfortable with these treatments due to the potential for a fictional accidental occurrence to be misinterpreted as a suicide.

"Ms Spears revised the treatment to ensure the video for Everytime will not have a scene in it that could in any way be perceived as a reference to a suicide."

After news of the video's concept broke, Spears was criticised in both America and Britain by those who perceived it to be a glamorisation of suicide.

Bosses at the singer's label insist it was not her intent to present suicide in any sort of positive light and that she hopes people who are considering suicide seek help.

The statement adds, "(Spears) does not endorse (suicide) as a solution to any individual and fully recognises that people who go to this length need assistance and advice and should contact their local suicide prevention organization."

The shoot for Everytime took place this weekend (13/14MAR04) in Los Angeles.

14/03/2004 20:54