Britney Spears is trying to buy herself out of her bad mood - she's reportedly blown $340,000 (GBP200,000) in the past month on retail therapy.

The 21-year-old has endured a strained return to the spotlight as her new album IN THE ZONE has suffered a mixed critical and commercial reaction - and Spears has also suffered ill-health, a reported failed romance with dancer COLUMBUS SMITH, and an increasingly acrimonious relationship with ex-boyfriend JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, which caused her to break down in tears in a recent TV interview.

However, according to pals, Britney has been trying to work through her troubles by embarking on a wild spending spree.

Friends tell Britain's STAR magazine she has spent $190,000 (GBP112,000) on designer clothes, $25,500 (GBP15,000) on Tiffany jewellery, and is currently paying out a massive $18,700 (GBP11,000) a week on beauty and exercise products.

27/11/2003 21:19