Pop superstar Britney Spears is set to purchase her first British home - but has decided to forego London in favour of a luxury pad on the south England coast.

The TOXIC singer was intent on buying a home in London, but is now moving to the trendy, picturesque town of Brighton after Madonna advised her against living in the capital.

An insider says, "Britney decided to invest in a UK home this year (04) and initially thought London would be the best bet.

"But Madonna apparently convinced her to look outside the capital. Madge told her how much she loved living in Wiltshire and it got Britney thinking she'd go off the beaten track.

"She instantly thought of her trip to Brighton last year (03), when she totally fell in love with the place.

"Her people decided to source the best homes in and around Brighton, and decided that this beautiful home would fit the bill.

"Britney's seen pictures, had a virtual tour and is now itching to see the real thing during a break from her UK tour."

19/04/2004 09:30