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Can Christianity Save Britney’s Marriage?

posted by ellen leventry

This week’s US Weekly features a headline that one might expect to find on an issue of the magazine Guideposts rather than on one of the nation’s top gossip magazines: “Kevin’s Last Chance: A Christian life coach helps Britney forgive as she struggles to save her family.”

It seems that the once-again-pregnant popster has completely cut Kabblah out of her life, and is returning to the religion of her roots to help resolve her rocky relationship with her husband of 21 months, Kevin Federline. According to the magazine, a source reveals that Spears and Federline “have agreed to continue to pray together and put their faith back into their marriage, recomitting.”

The same source reports that, “the fresh start stems from a four-hour conversation encouraged by Spears’ newly acquired Christian life coach”–a conversation which apparently took place before her head-scratching interview with Matt Lauer.

For all the headlines of “Christian life coachs gives Britney and hubby faith in marriage,” the article offers remarkably little else, other than the aforementioned quotes, about that Christian life coach or the couple’s faith life. In fact, it goes on to talk about Federline still showing some party-boy proclivities. And, we don’t even know what to make of Britney’s brunette and bare spread in Harper’s Bazaar, except to paraphrase the late Senator Lloyd Benston and say, “I saw Demi Moore’s ‘Vanity Fair’ spread… and you are no Demi Moore.”

Perhaps US Weekly has learned what Newsweek discovered long ago: Religion on the cover sells.



  • Christopher Walters

    Almost all Hollywood marriages are doom from the start, and Miss. Spears Is no exception. Also I think Miss. Spears is also flip-flopy about her religious life, but I think the media should focus on more important things besides someone s marriage, but that is just my opinion.>

  • http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10757005/ Zero-Equals-Infinity

    Why does anybody care? None of you know Ms. Spears personally, so all this is some voyeurist fetish. It’s a marketing phenonema people. Have you bought enough _______ yet? Ok, so stop being led around by the nose and give yourselves some peace from celebrity gossip, celebrity fantasies, and celebrity religion. Your own life is valid so use it to something worthwhile instead with this valuable time.>

  • http://www.beliefnet.com/blogs/virtualtalmud/ eastcoastlady

    Zero, I’m with you. Why should anyone care, other than on a human level? It’s more important to me that my son’s friend’s parents broke up than my knowledge of the state of Britney’s marriage, but for the fact that too many people, teenagers in particular, actually do care and might see her as a role model.>

  • liz

    It may “save” her marriage for a while, but at this stage of the game, I doubt that Christianity will make it a worthwhile marriage. Where Ms. Spears Christian values should have come into play was at the beginning of this relationship. I still can’t figure out how a man who had fathered 2 children out of wedlock and left his rather pregnant girlfriend for a ride on the gravy train would make a Christian woman think he was good husband and father material.>

  • Anonymous

    CHRISTIAN??? Accordng to WHOM? Isn’t this the same Britney Spears whose first “marriage” lasted 55 hours? Why isn’t James Dobson vociferously denouncing this woman and her “marriages” as an “ATTACK” on “true” marriage? You know, the way he denounces gays for their alleged “attack” on the institution? How come Jerry Falwell isn’t blaming hurricanes and terrorism on Miss Spears’ faux “marriages”? Curious minds wanna know.>

  • John Andre (El Bombo)

    Here’s some perspective from the viewpoint of an SGI member: Perhaps Britney and Kevin could take up Nichiren Buddhism and the chanting of Nam myoho renge kyo. It worked for Tina Turner. That aside, there are some questions whether the practice of any one set of beliefs changes a person without that person having the FAITH that this set of beliefs will change one’s life. We have seen Britney’s experiences with Kabbalah (and how she got Madonna mad at her in the process!) and also her “quickie” Las Vegas “marriage” which was just as quickly annulled. My conclusion is that until Britney Spears commits her life to one specific set of beliefs (Christianity, Nichiren Buddhism, Islam, Kabbalah, whatever) she will continue drifting and any marriage into which she enters will end in the same result: annulment or divorce. Obviously Britney needs to get her life together (and in the process, perhaps read Dr. Spock or another good manual on child care!)>

  • JTZ

    This girl gets together with a guy who has a very pregnant girlfriend, and instead of running, not walking, to the nearest exit when she finds out this little tidbit, she declares her love for him, poses for photographers on hotel balconies grabbing his crotch, does a trashy, TMI reality show, and marries him. And she wonders why things in their marriage aren’t going so well? It’s going to take more than a few sessions with a life coach – Christian or otherwise – to get Spears to grow up and take responsibility for her actions. For the sake of her kids, I hope she does it before she messes up *their* lives.>

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