Monday, February 19, 2007

Bald Britney Spears gets wiggy with it

Shorn pop tart sports fake blond locks while hiding in plain sight at trendy L.A. pool

Britney Spears after attending a beauty salon in Los Angeles, where she cut off all her hair.

Britney Spears had shaver's remorse by the next day.

The clipper-happy crooner lounged poolside at West Hollywood's chic Mondrian hotel sporting a short blond wig to cover her newly shorn skull.

Less than 24 hours after Spears stunned the world by walking into a Tarzana, Calif., salon and shaving her head bald, she appeared wearing a green cap over the blond wig and was clad in a multicolored bikini top and a mismatched bikini bottom, reports E! gossip columnist Marc Malkin.

The 25-year-old mother of two spent the afternoon at the celebrity-heavy hotel's pool deck, where $12 cocktails are shilled to the busty and beautiful Hollywood movers and shakers who meet there to shmooze and swill.

Spears managed to avoid the paparazzi - who have been stalking her every move since her dramatic breakdown Friday night - at the exclusive hotel by driving her car through the hotel's carefully hidden indoor garage.

Though rumors persisted Saturday that the fallen star was in dire straits, they were dispelled by witnesses, who said Spears seemed in good spirits, chatting with her pals and chain-smoking by the pool. Her kids were nowhere in sight. Nor were her bodyguards.

"She was definitely having fun with her friends," said Malkin, whose column appears at "The Mondrian is the kind of place you wouldn't go if you didn't want to be seen, especially during Oscar week. She wasn't exactly hiding. It was a beautiful Los Angeles day. Lots of people were around."

"She was here, she was wearing a wig and nobody recognized her," an employee at the hotel's Asia de Cuba restaurant, who refused to be named, confirmed to the Daily News last night.

Spears' representatives, including her agent, manager and record label publicist, did not return calls for comment yesterday.

Attempts to reach a spokeperson for her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, also were not successful.

But in Spears' hometown of Kentwood, La., her aunt Wanda Bridges said the songstress had been greatly saddened by the death of her mother's sister Sandra Bridges Covington, 59, who succumbed to cancer in late January.

"Last time I saw her was the funeral. She seemed fine, but we were all very upset," said Covington, who added that Spears had been very close to her aunt Sandra.

She said Spears is often frustrated by the media attention that comes with celebrity. "She finds it aggravating. They can't lead a normal life."

"She's down to earth," Covington added. "They're a down-to-earth family."

Spears' surprise appearance at the Mondrian came just 24 hours after the teary former Mouseketeer visited the San Fernando Valleys salon and shaved off all her hair. Just days earlier, the partying pop icon spent a mere day at the Crossroads rehab facility in Antigua.

Her mother, Lynne, who encouraged her daughter to go into rehab for fear she might lose custody of her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, has reportedly flown to Spears' side in Los Angeles.