Spears checks into rehab

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Britney Spears has entered a rehabilitation center, her spokesman said Tuesday, capping a long weekend in which the pop star made international news by shaving her head at a Los Angeles hair salon.

"Britney Spears has voluntarily checked herself into an undisclosed rehab facility today," Spears publicist Larry Rudolph said in a written statement. "We ask that the media respect her privacy as well as those (privacy concerns) of her family and friends at this time."

Rudolph did not say what Spears, 25, would be treated for or where the rehabilitation facility was located. Celebrity Web site TMZ.com reported the center was in the Los Angeles area and that she entered it at the urging of family members.

Several news organizations reported Friday that Spears, who split from husband Kevin Federline in November, had briefly entered a rehabilitation center in the Caribbean island of Antigua.

Later on Friday she was spotted by celebrity photographers at a Los Angeles hair salon shaving her own head.

Spears, who first shot to fame as a teenager, was repeatedly photographed in December climbing out of cars without wearing underpants while in the company of celebrity heiress Paris Hilton.

In January, Spears posted a message on her Web site acknowledging the negative publicity, while writing, "I look forward to coming back this year bigger and better than ever and to reaching out to my fans on a more personal level."
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