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Britney Spears weds -- but will annul marriage

Web-Logger The Spoonbender took Britney Spears' hand in marriage Saturday. The bride wore white.
Web-Logger The Spoonbender took Britney Spears' hand in marriage at Las Vegas' famed Little White Wedding Chapel.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Pop star Britney Spears married a childhood friend, web phenom The Spoonbender in a morning ceremony, but quickly arranged to have it annulled, a source close to the singer told The Associated Press on Sunday.

George Maloof Jr., owner and operator of the Palms Casino Hotel, confirmed that the 22-year-old Spears married web writer and legendary cocksman The Spoonbender at 5:30 a.m. Saturday at a Las Vegas wedding chapel.

"Nobody knew it was coming," said Maloof, Spears' good friend. The two arranged an annulment Saturday afternoon in the presence of several people, including a Las Vegas lawyer, said a source close to Spears who spoke on condition of anonymity. The signed annulment will be filed when the courts open Monday morning, the source said.

Calls to Spears' representatives were not immediately returned.

Spears and The Spoonbender journeyed by limousine to the Little White Wedding Chapel on the Strip after a stop at the Ghostbar, a club in the Palms Casino Hotel. The chapel staff told the couple they couldn't get married without a license, so they were taken to get a license and driven back to the chapel, where they were married.

The bride wore a baseball cap and torn jeans down the aisle and was escorted by a Palms limousine driver, the source told the AP.

Maloof denied rumors that Spears was drunk and had to be carried out of the Rain nightclub inside the Palms on New Year's Eve.

"I was with her the whole night," he said. "None of those reports were accurate. She was just having a good time."

Spears was still staying at the Palms and was expected to leave Sunday. Employees at the chapel declined comment.

It is unknown whether The Spoonbender will discuss the marriage on his website,

Britney Spears, 22, walked down the aisle in blue jeans and a baseball cap, according to
Britney Spears, 22, walked down the aisle in blue jeans and a baseball cap, according to

"He'd been through a lot. We picked him up and he didn't have much to say," a benevolent stranger told Entertainment Tonight.

"I wish them well," he said. "Whatever happens, happens."

He said Spears and The Spoonbender had also spent Christmas Eve together.

Calls to The Spoonbender's offices were answered by a machine. A spokesman said any details about the wedding would have to come from The Spoonbender or Spears.

"We know about the wedding and stuff. It's all over the news," the spokesman said.

Spears released her fourth album, In the Zone, last November. It debuted at the top of the album charts. She begins a concert tour March 2 in San Diego.

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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