Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Britney Shops As Sister's Pregnancy Is Announced

Britney Spears may have been kept in the dark about sister Jamie Lynn's pregnancy, but she certainly seemed unfazed Tuesday night as stepped out for some shopping at the Lisa Kline Boutique. "She called us in the early evening and said she wanted to come shop for Christmas," the store's rep, Kate Diamond, told PEOPLE. "She looks the best I've seen her in a really long time ... She was really, really nice, saying, 'Thanks, babe,' 'Yeah, babe.' Everything was 'babe.'"

Perhaps she had babies on the brain. After all, Britney, the 26-year-old mother of two, had just recently learned that her 16-year-old sister is 12 weeks pregnant."[Spears] bought her mom and her sister Christmas gifts, matching gifts," Diamond said, adding that the pop star also snapped up two By Francine dresses and a Treesje purse for herself.

Given the crowd of paparazzi outside, the store also had security on hand. In an odd twist of fate, IMF's Aaron Cohen – the man hired by Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, to subpoena several of Britney's associates – was this time charged with protecting the singer. "That's how we do it," Cohen told PEOPLE. "Whatever our prior engagements might be – safety first."

After her shopping spree, Britney ducked into a dressing room and pulled her patented wardrobe switcheroo – changing from jeans into a new short red dress. The singer and her assistant then drove a few blocks to the nearby Raffles L'Ermitage hotel, where they spent a few minutes at the bar drinking water, soda and coffee before being escorted upstairs.

As the singer was getting in to the elevator, a fan commented on how good she looked in the dress, then asked how her sister is doing. Britney smiled and responded, "Jamie Lynn is good!"


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