Britney Spears has reportedly employed two round-the-clock therapists to provide her with emotional support and ensure she steers clear of alcohol.

The TOXIC singer, 22, has hired two full-time counsellors at a cost of $180,000 (GBP100,000) per year to ensure she avoids going off the rails - especially in light of her January (04) Las Vegas wedding to childhood pal Jason Alexander.

A source explains, "Everyone's been very concerned about Britney's mental state since the Las Vegas stunt.

"She went home to her family afterwards and had a mini-meltdown.

"Everyone - including her - decided she needed support."

In the past year Spears has faced a number of public trials and tribulations - including criticism for miming through her recent HOTEL ONYX tour and discovering current boyfriend Kevin Federline has a pregnant ex-girlfriend who is already the mother of his four-year-old daughter.

The source adds, "She'll sit down with them for up to two hours a day and talk through everything that's upsetting her.

"They'll listen and offer advice, but they can't force her to do anything."

30/05/2004 10:26