Britney Spears appeared in a tattoo parlor in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles with her head shaved completely bald.
Video on KABC-TV showed the newly shorn Spears with tiny tattoos on the back of her neck as she sits Friday night for a new tattoo — a pair of red and pink lips.
“She just wanted something real small on her wrist, something dainty,” Max Gott, the tattoo artist at Body and Soul in Sherman Oaks, told the TV station. “She got some cute little lips on her wrist.” Derrik Snell, who works at the tattoo parlor, said Spears showed up without notice and stayed for about 90 minutes as about 60 fans, photographers and gawkers gathered outside.
“She seemed fine,” Snell said. “I didn't really notice (the hairdo) at first, she had a hood on when she showed up.” Before heading to the tattoo parlor, Spears grabbed an electric clipper and shaved her own head at a San Fernando Valley salon Friday night, CNN reported.
“I tried to talk her out of it. I said, ‘Are you sure you're not having a bad day and tomorrow you'll feel differently about it? Why don't we wait a little bit?”‘ salon owner Esther Tognozzi told the network.
“She said ‘No, I absolutely want it shaved off now.’ Next thing I know, she grabbed the buzzer and she went to the back of my salon and she was shaving off her own hair,” Tognozzi said.
The appearance came the same day as reports on TV and Web sites that Spears had checked into rehab but had checked out one day later.
Angelique Uram, a Spears fan who stood on the tattoo parlor's sidewalk for Friday's spectacle, was aghast at the singer's new look.
“We could see her in the mirror, and her head is completely shaved,” she told KABC. “It looks terrible.” Police arrived to control the crowd and helped Spears' bodyguards guide her into a waiting SUV, her head covered by a hooded sweatshirt.
Meanwhile Eminem continues to get grief from his ex-wife, who on Friday blasted the superstar rapper during a radio interview, saying she has come to despise the man she twice married and divorced.
Kim Mathers described Eminem as unfaithful and uncaring and even went as far as to disparage the Grammy winner's sexual prowess.
“I vomit in my mouth whenever I'm around him,” she said during the interview.
Mathers said she saw the interview as her chance to turn the tables on the entertainer, who has used his tormented relationship with his high school sweetheart as a source of his most popular and demented rhymes. He has killed her off in song and attacked her with his lyrics.
In a statement, Eminem replied: “It's a shame that I've moved on and Kim hasn't. Her ongoing press campaign is doing nothing but harm to the children, and for that I feel truly sorry. For their sake, I wish she would stop.” The relationship hit a new, dysfunctional high when Eminem filed divorce papers last April, less than three months after remarrying her. Their first marriage ended in 2001.
Mathers said Friday she was “100 percent sure” they would never get back together.
Also in a foul mood, again, was bad-tempered rapper Foxy Brown, who was arrested in Florida and held overnight for battery and obstruction of justice, according to the arrest record and local newspaper reports on Friday.
Brown, whose real name is Inga Marchand, was detained at a Pembroke Pines beauty-supply shop on Thursday night after a disturbance there.
The arrest record of the Broward Sheriff's Office said she was held on US$1,500 bail for the two offenses. It gave no further details.
The sassy hip-hop artist was sentenced in New York last October to three years probation and anger management classes for punching two nail-salon stylists over a US$20 manicure. Brown was ordered to stay away from the manicurists for the next five years. She was later kicked out of anger management after threatening staff.
Brown's 1999 album Chyna Doll opened at the top of the Billboard 200, the first female rap artist to achieve that feat.
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