Britney Spears has been forced to deny rumours that she is pregnant with her third child after a respected US DJ made the announcement live on air.
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, 34, revealed that he had been told by a ‘reliable source’ that the singer was preparing for a new arrival.
But Britney’s spokesman Adam Leber has insisted that there is no truth to the story.
Pregnant again? Britney Spears, pictured on stage in Oakland last week, has denied rumours that she is expecting her third child
‘She’s absolutely not pregnant. I have no idea where this ridiculous rumour came from,’ he told US celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.
‘Ryan has communication with our camp and could have checked this before saying it.’
Industry sources have been left baffled by the row as Ryan and Britney, 27, are thought to be close.
‘Ryan and Britney are friends. He wouldn’t have said something like that unless he knew the truth,’ a source close to Ryan is quoted as saying.
He had earlier posted a message on Twitter saying: ‘I heard a rumor about Brit that I want to investigate before I give more deets!’
The mother-of-two has been plagued by pregnancy rumours since her well-documented breakdown last year.
Britney, who has two children Sean Preston, 3, and Jayden James, 2, from her marriage to Kevin Federline, is thought to be dating her backing dancer Chase Benz.
She is currently in the middle of a comeback tour to promote her latest album Circus.
Pals: Britney performs on Ryan’s show in 2004