Pop princess Britney Spears boasts she wears the trousers in her relationship with dancer KEVIN FEDERLINE - which is why she proposed to him.

The TOXIC singer says her past romances with Justin Timberlake and barman REG JONES were "puppy love", but she realised Federline was the "real thing" on the flight back from her the Irish leg European ONYX HOTEL tour only two weeks ago (begs14JUN04) so she asked him to marry her during an intense talk about their relationship - although he said no to begin with.

The 22-year-old confesses, "It was really beautiful and romantic and special between us. My other loves were like puppy love. They were like practice for the real thing. We'd always talked about how some people don't have to get married when they're in love.

"Then all of a sudden I said, 'What if you want to get married?' And I kind of went from there to asking him if he would marry me. I asked him. He said no because he thought it wasn't the right way to do it."

Federline adds, "The way she said it was kind of beating around the bush. Still, I was taken by surprise. I thought the guy was supposed to ask the girl. I wasn't really thinking about asking her right away, but I did without reservation. I'd known for a while that she's the one."

30/06/2004 21:27