LATEST: BRITNEY SPEARS' short marriage has been officially annulled after just 55 hours.

The BOYS singer wed childhood friend Jason Alexander in a drunken "joke that went too far" in Las Vegas this weekend (3JAN04), but had her lawyers file for the annulment almost immediately after realising what she'd done.

After the annulment was granted at Clark County Family Court, her lawyer DAVID CHESNOFF said, "There is no marriage now. Jason agreed to this completely. They've made a wise decision. I know they care about each other. They are friends."

Unlike a divorce, an annulment dissolves a marriage as if it never took place.

06/01/2004 13:29