BRITNEY Spears was furious last night after topless pictures emerged on the internet – just as she launched her comeback.
The Toxic singer fears her bid to revive her stalled career will be hit by the steamy snaps and her horrified aides have demanded their removal.
Millions logged on to view the pictures and last night showbiz speculation was rife that new boyfriend songwriter Howie Day might have been responsible.
She and Howie, 26, met in rehab and have been on several dates.
In the photos – thought to have been taken in a pal’s garden – a smiling Britney, 25, poses with just two red flowers to cover her boobs.
A close pal of the Oops I Did It Again babe said: “Britney’s furious these photos have become public. She never dreamed they’d be leaked. She’s concentrating on her career and this draws the focus from her music.
“She’s concerned the photos will damage her credibility and just make her look cheap and trashy.”
The star’s spokeswoman refused to comment last night but Britney left fans, who paid £250 for bootleg tickets, screaming for more after two short gigs in California.
She mimed to her hits and even treated one man at Anaheim to a lapdance. She was due to appear at LA’s House of Blues last night.
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