R&B star RIHANNA has urged the media to stop criticising BRITNEY SPEARS' MTV Video Music Awards performance.
The Umbrella star believes Spears' disastrous stageshow at the Las Vegas ceremony earlier this month (Sep07) was the result of her not having performed much recently coupled with the stress of her ongoing child custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Rihanna says, "You can't judge her performance without knowing what was going on with her personally. She had so much pressure for that one performance. I'm telling you, it's not easy being on that stage. I performed for a minute and a half, and I was extremely nervous.
"To have the amount of pressure that Britney had? I don't know what I would've done. She did her best, so leave her alone."
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Robbie Williams On Paparazzi Outside Britney's Home
In the interview with Observer Sport Monthly, Robbie also admitted his sensitive nature means he takes life very seriously.
He said: "I go past Britney Spears's house every day on the way to my hike and there's 30 cars outside, and I just want to get out and kill them.
"You know, for some it's like water off a duck's back but for me it's an injustice. It's just how I'm built.
"I'm not saying I'm topped up with the world's biggest heap of integrity myself, but I have a basic sense of what's right and wrong, and how you should treat people."
Simon Cowell Defends Britney
Britney Spears has one unlikely ally in her comeback struggle: Simon Cowell. Mr. Nasty is telling "Extra" that he actually likes the troubled pop star, and that she might be making all the right moves!
"She's all over the news, she gets more publicity that the entire Hot 100 combined, so maybe she's doing everything right and everyone else is getting it wrong," he confessed to "Extra."
The "American Idol" judge also says folks should cut Britney some slack for what the pop star goes through.
Joey Fatone To Britney: 'I'm Here for You, Sweetheart'
Joey Fatone is offering Britney Spears a getaway from her life in the spotlight.
"Britney, call me, come over to my house, come to Orlando, get away from it all," Fatone, tells Extra. "It's a good thing to get out of L.A."
Last weekend, the embattled pop star spent time in Atlanta after being charged with hit-and-run in Los Angeles.
Spears is working on a career comeback with a new album due out in November. But she's suffered a series of setbacks, including scathing reviews of her performance at the Video Music Awards and a very public battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline over custody of their two sons.
"I think she just needs some time, some time to really heal," says Fatone, who has known Spears for many years. The current Singing Bee host was also a member of N' Sync with Spears's former flame, Justin Timberlake.
Fatone tells Extra that he hasn't seen Spears in some time, but has a message for his old friend: "If you're there, let me know. I'm here for you, sweetheart."