Britney Spears Back to Her Old Ways

Picture Courtesy of The Washington Post

Picture Courtesy of The Washington Post

Is anyone surprised?  I mean really?  Look at that tense smile in the header picture, and remember this picture is recent.

Via NY Daily News

Britney Spears has been for months exhibiting signs of her old, not-so-stable behavior behind the scenes at “The X Factor” and during a commercial she filmed for her new perfume, Fantasy Twist.

“She acts like she has a different contract than everyone else,” a source tells Confidenti@l. “She shows up late, she wanders around aimlessly and she is in her own world. She wasn’t ready for this responsibility.”

The source adds that the “Toxic” singer, who earned $15 million for her single-season run as a talent judge, reportedly let down her boss, Simon Cowell. He expected Spears, who’s on the verge of being canned, to draw huge ratings for his show, which debuted in the fall of 2011.

Spears seemed to begin spiraling downward — but not yet close to her infamous 2007 head-shaving night — months ago on the set of her perfume ad, where the source said she had a series of bizarre requests for the theme of the shoot.

“First, she wanted the producers to fly Vanilla Ice in to duet with her, which was just weird. They called him and he wanted $500,000, so that wasn’t going to work,” says the source. “Then, she demanded that exotic animals be flown in to be in the video and they had to tell her that that wasn’t going to work for legal reasons and insurance reasons. She wanted to do her own makeup and when she would get it done, she would just mess it up on top of what they did.”

What seemed to be holding the pop star together for some time was her on-again, off-again fiancé Jason Trawick, 41, who put a ring on it one year ago after dating for over three years. But that relationship seems to have cooled, and the duo have failed to set a wedding date.

Spears’ most recent hiccup was when she showed up to an “X Factor” press conference on Dec. 17 looking like her old self: disheveled.

A rep for Spears did not get back to Confidenti@l by deadline.

Again, is anyone really all that surprised?

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