Britney Spears isn't about to let persistent pregnancy rumors stop her from dressing in the manner to which she's become accustomed. On Tuesday, the bygone pop princess, 24, who gave birth to Sean Preston in September, traipsed around Maui in an itty-bitty pink bikini that exposed a suspiciously swollen belly.
So did Britney simply down a few too many Frappuccinos, or is the gene pool about to be further diluted with another spawn of Kevin Federline (he also has two children with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson)?
It depends on whom you believe.
When contacted for comment on the pregnancy reports, Britney's rep told MSN Entertainment, "As far as I know, she is not pregnant."
That plausible deniability-tinged "as far as I know," coupled with the protruding stomach snaps, seems to add a wee bit of weight -- no pun intended -- to Star magazine's claims that Spears is once again in the family way.
"I'm pregnant!" the Britster supposedly blabbed to a fellow spa-goer at Maui's Four Seasons Hotel, where the tab says she's been holed up in a $12,000-a-day (a day!) presidential suite with Sean Preston and K. Fed.
And her scruffier, less well-heeled half, who was captured by paparazzi on the balcony earlier this week slipping on his boxer shorts under a robe (say it with us, people: klass-ee), is also said to have shared the news with a pal.
"Kevin said, 'Britney's pregnant again,' and when I expressed surprise he said, 'Yeah, it shocked the [bleep] out of me, too,'" the buddy is quoted as telling Star.
But Spears' spokeswoman insists to the New York Daily News that the story is "incorrect," while a spywitness adds to TMZ.com that she just appears to be carrying a few extra post-pregnancy pounds, not a baby.
In Touch, meanwhile, says the grooming-impaired duo is using the tropical getaway as a chance to work on their "troubled marriage," which has purportedly been plagued with arguments over Kevin's spendthrift and club-hopping ways.
A friend tells the mag that Brit, who has been photographed in recent weeks without her wedding ring (it's now back on her finger), "doesn't want to be pregnant and going through a divorce."
Spears has made no secret of her desire for more kids, and recently gushed to People that motherhood is "such an intense experience," adding that while she's eager to get back to work, it has to be "with a definite balance for my baby."
To that end, she spent a few days in mid-February filming a guest-starring role on "Will & Grace," set to air March 30. (By the by, in the episode she wears a skintight red dress that doesn't appear to show the slightly bulging midsection she's currently displaying).
And while she recently told "Access Hollywood" that she has no plans for a new album, the New York Post reports she's using her island respite to record with local producer Bob Rock, best known for his work with Metallica (Liz Smith says she may also be eyeing Quincy Jones to help make over her bubblegum musical image into "something funkier, more mature").
Of course, a second baby would likely mean her career resurrection plans would be put on hold.
"To be a really good mom, I feel your child needs to be your full time job," she said in November 2004. "I want to raise my kids and share all of those precious moments with them and not rely on nannies."
Those "precious moments," as captured by the paparazzi, have recently included Britney giving little Sean P. his very first driving lesson and frolicking in the surf as a nanny performs diaper-duty (although, to be fair, there have also been plenty of pictures of her enjoying mommy-and-me time with the chubby-cheeked ankle-biter).
Still, if Brit is once again set to experience "the closest thing to God," we can't help but offer her a rousing mazel tov, y'all! Source: http://movies.msn.com/music/hotgossipB?GT1=7702