JUST MARRIED star Brittany Murphy has followed in the footsteps of Madonna - by embracing the Kabbalah.

According to her friend Neil Lane, a popular Los Angeles jeweller, the bubbly actress, 25, has started studying the mystical offshoot of Judaism - which is also favoured by her ex-boyfriend Ashton Kutcher's current belle DEMI MOORE.

Raised Baptist, Murphy, currently dating Hollywood talent manager JEFF KWATINETZ, is now reading a book on Kabbalistic meditation and has donned the movement's signature red-string bracelet for protection.

Lane says, "Brittany seems happy these days. But why wouldn't she be? She's a talented girl, lucky girl with everything going for her."

14/08/2003 09:18