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Pop Stars Leap to Britney's Defense

Gwen Stefani is the latest celebrity to pitch up in Britney Spears corner in a week when her life has become increasingly the focus of media attention.

25-year-old Spears is reportedly close to an emotional breakdown in her private life, bringing up her first child and a dealing with pending divorce on top of her continued appearance on the L.A nightlife scene.

Despite the urges of close family, Spears spent little more than a day in a second rehab clinic this week [read: In-out, in-out: Britney’s rehab woes] . However, Gwen Stefani feels Britney should simply get on and enjoy life with her newborn.

She says, “I used to live in the same area as Britney for a while. I just want to scoop her up and give her a kiss.

“I hope she’s all right. She’s just had a new baby and stuff. I hope she can just enjoy it because it’s an incredible thing.”

Spears’ former boyfriend Justin Timberlake also offered his support this week, declaring her new bald look ‘a smart choice’.