Britney Spears has refused to be goaded into a public spat with AVRIL LAVIGNE - despite the teen punk's criticism of the singer's sexy image.

Lavigne had accused Spears of being a hypocrite in a recent interview for her overly sexual stage routine, whilst leading a modest life in reality.

However, the BOYS star has chosen to play the diplomat with her young pop rival.

She responds, "I don't really care what Avril Lavigne has said about me because I don't know her. I think her music's really cool, so that's not too bad.

"I've learned that not everybody is going to like you - but I would like to get some respect."

22/09/2003 21:19