Pop beauty Britney Spears is doing little to play down recent reports suggesting Madonna has become her mentor, describing the singing veteran as a "spirit watching over me" in her new video.

The promo for Britney's eagerly-awaited single ME AGAINST THE MUSIC features a raunchy embrace between the two stars, evoking memories of their kiss at this year's (03) MTV VMA AWARDS.

Since their sexy display at the ceremony, Britney has committed herself to learning the Kabbalah faith after being introduced to it by devoted follower Madonna. And according to Britney, Madonna also takes on a guiding role in her new video.

She says, "The concept is me going to a club and Madonna being there, but I never actually see her. It's like she's a spirit watching over me.

"At the end of the video, we come together in a weird way."

28/10/2003 02:19