Britney Spears' relationship with the tabloids has always been tumultuous, but her beef with one magazine escalated this week when it chose to print photos of her honeymoon with hubby Kevin Federline.
The February 28 issue of Us Weekly will feature photographs taken during Spears' supposedly private October honeymoon at a resort in Fiji.
"I am disturbed by the photos and article that appeared in this week's issue of Us Weekly magazine, which they call my 'private honeymoon album,' " Spears said in a statement released Wednesday.
Nanuya Levu Island (a.k.a. Turtle Island), where the couple vacationed, is known for housing guests in lodges that start at $1,975 per night, for being reachable only by sea plane or boat, and for having an airspace that is a no-fly zone.
Spears said she and Federline chose the resort because it promised them "absolute privacy and seclusion." So when staff members took photos for what they said would become a souvenir scrapbook of their trip, the couple posed for the shots.
When they returned from their honeymoon on October 27, Spears released one of the photos on her Web site and posted a letter about wanting to start a family and take a break from her career (see "Britney, Back From Honeymoon, Posts Another Letter").
The singer figured the other photographs taken during the trip would be kept private by the resort. Instead, she claims, the staff called a slew of publications, attempting to sell the photographs of the couple kissing, cuddling and drinking. A spokesperson for the resort had no comment.
In her statement, the singer explained that other publications contacted the couple and, when they found out the circumstances under which the snapshots were taken, refused to publish them. "Kevin and I thank those other magazines for respecting our rights of privacy," she said.
Us Weekly, however, sees things from a different angle.
"Coming from a celebrity who sold pictures of both her wedding and her stepdaughter," the publication said in a statement, "it's unlikely the issue here is privacy. Could it be that Britney is seeing red after not seeing the green from these photos? Britney Spears should start a magazine if she'd like to dictate her own coverage."
Coincidentally, in an interview appearing in the March issue of Details, Britney says, "I need to create my own magazine. People are just way too obsessed with celebrity. Look at Us Weekly. I think the same guy who does Rolling Stone [Jann Wenner] does Us Weekly. He's this big old fat man. And he — I don't know — like, all of them get so pumped up about it, and they take everything so seriously."