Britney Spears has reportedly married a childhood friend in a secret Las Vegas ceremony in the early hours of yesterday morning (03JAN04).

The pop singer, 22, appeared in person with JASON ALLEN ALEXANDER at the county clerk's office, as required by law, to apply for the $55 State of Nevada wedding licence, and is believed to have then married at 5am in the world-famous LITTLE WHITE WEDDING chapel.

Due to a confidentiality agreement, a spokesperson for the chapel would neither "confirm or deny anything".

Spears arrived in Las Vegas last week (ends02JAN04) with an entourage of eight friends after holidaying in the Caribbean.

Using the false name ALOTTA WARMHEART, Spears and her pals checked into a suite at the exclusive PALMS CASINO Hotel.

Spears - who has had a string of short-lived relationships following her split with long-term boyfriend Justin Timberlake in 2002 - grew up with Alexander in Kentwood, Louisiana.

05/01/2004 18:26