Britney Spears is the happiest she's been in a long time thanks to her burgeoning romance with Kevin Federline, according to insiders.

The ...BABY ONE MORE TIME star, 22, is so besotted with her new dancer beau she's spending all her free time with him when away from the stage as she continues on the European leg of her ONYX HOTEL Tour.

An insider says, "Since Britney and Kevin have been spending so much time together, she's just so much happier. She hates being away from him. Britney finds it hard being away from home.

"While she loves touring and performing, when she gets tired things get on top of her. Britney and Kevin are literally inseparable."

09/05/2004 10:26