A report in the subtle-as-an-earthquake US gossip mag National Enquirer claiming that Britney Spears is compromising her health (and breath) with an extreme diet has been flatly denied.
The publication had quoted a so-called source as saying "Britney's breath absolutely reeks!
"It must be the acids in her tummy or something from this crazy diet she's on because her breath will start smelling 20 minutes after she brushes her teeth."
The "absolutely brutal" meal plan is said to include a combination of egg whites, whey protein shakes and lean meats. Apparently they combined can "cause bad breath by producing breath-affecting byproducts or ammonia in the body".
How anyone affiliated with the Enquirer could possibly know what Britney eats, let alone what her breath smells like, is anybody's guess - so it's no surprise that a source close to the popstar and X Factor judge has said the rumour is "not true", according to Gossip Cop.
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