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Britney Spears has denied that she is pregnant with her third child and says that her bloated tummy is simply down to new medication she is taking.

The singer spoke out after pictures after pictures published this week showed the star smoking a cigarette with a suspiciously bloated stomach.

The picture that started the rumour but Britney has denied that she is pregnant

A source close to the family says that Britney has been struggling with her weight ever since she had her second son Jayden James, 20 months, and the medication has not helped.

The pop star has been back in training in preparation for a comeback, spending plenty of time on the treadmill - but despite all the effort, she is failing to regain the svelte figure which made her famous.

And for the last few weeks Hollywood has been buzzing with rumours that Britney may be pregnant again.

The star denied the rumours shortly before heading on a break to Costa Rica with recovering alcoholic actor Mel Gibson along with her father and his wife.

The unlikely party flew from Los Angeles in a private jet, headed for Gibson's seaside home in the tropical Central American paradise.

A friend said: "They're just going away for a few days to relax. Mel and his wife Robyn clearly saw a woman in crisis and wanted to extend themselves in any way possible.

"There are no expectations, there is no agenda. It's simply an act of human kindness, one neighbour reaching out to another."

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