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Back to work after Versace vacation

Milan, Oct. 2 (Reuters): Britney Spears, the US pop idol who is taking a six-month sabbatical at the tender age of 20, said yesterday she planned to return to the recording studio after a break hosted by Italian designer Donatella Versace.

“I think I may just go to Los Angeles and record a little bit. But other than that I just plan to hang out,” Spears said before taking her seat in the front row of Versace’s spring/summer 2003 fashion show.

“It’s like a dream come true being here right now,” said Spears, who in August decided to take six months off after a giddy four years of fame.

She first hit the charts in 1998 with Baby one more time, then shot to success with three top-selling albums, several magazine covers and an advertising deal all by the age of 20.

Versace said her new outfits were inspired by Spears’ all-singing, all-dancing, all-acting success, but that the girl who first shot to fame in school uniforms needed a break.

“She needs a vacation. She’s worked so so hard for so many years. She’s a young girl and she’s a little tired,” said Versace, lounging on a black sofa next to the singing sensation.

As the models strutted the stuff, Spears said: “I would definitely wear these clothes. Those hot short miniskirts are just so cute.”

Earlier Spears, who famously vowed to remain a virgin until her wedding night and has been the centre of has-she-hasn’t- she speculation ever since, posed for photographers in a sequinned dress translucent enough to show every curve of her bottom.

“My clothes are very young and rock and roll — Britney things,” Versace said, dressed head-to-toe in black.

“I’m incredibly flattered,” the blonde singer gushed in reply. “You are so sweet!”

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