Pop beauty Britney Spears is grateful to magazines for publishing unflattering pictures of her post-marriage weight gain - because it inspired her to go on a diet.

The TOXIC star admits she stopped caring about how she looked after she married dancer Kevin Federline in September (04).

But media coverage of her piling on the pounds shocked her into losing weight before her snacking got out of control.

She says, "After I got married, I let myself go. I was just lounging around and eating. Photographs of me overweight made me realise I needed to lose weight."

03/03/2005 17:41