July 29, 2015 | Updated at 07:27 PM EDT The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

Britney Spears Calls Off Engagement, Quits 'X Factor'

Pop star Britney Spears on Friday called it quits with both fiancé Jason Trawick and as a celebrity judge on "The X Factor" talent show.

Reuters on Jan 14, 2013 11:45 AM EST
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
  • Judge Britney Spears poses at the party for the television series "The X Factor" finalists in Los Angeles, California November 5, 2012.
  • Judge Britney Spears poses at the party for the television series "The X Factor" finalists in Los Angeles, California November 5, 2012. (Photo : Reuters)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop star Britney Spears on Friday called it quits with both fiancé Jason Trawick and as a celebrity judge on "The X Factor" talent show.

Spears, 31, and Trawick, 41 - her former agent - got engaged in December 2011.

"Jason and I have decided to call off our engagement," Spears said in a statement. "I'll always adore him and we will remain great friends."


The couple began dating in May 2010, following a turbulent few years in Spears' personal and professional life in which she lost custody of her children, entered rehab and shaved off her hair.

Trawick added in a statement: "As this chapter ends for us a new one begins. I love and cherish her and her boys and we will be close forever."

The wedding would have been the third for Spears. She divorced dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she had two children, in 2006.

The singer also spontaneously married childhood friend Jason Alexander during a trip to Las Vegas in 2004. That marriage lasted 55 hours before the singer annulled the union.

Spears and Trawick announced their split the same day that the "Toxic" singer confirmed she was leaving "The X Factor" after just one year as a judge on the Fox singing show, saying it was time to get back to making music.

"I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it's time for me to get back in the studio.

"Watching them all do their thing up on that stage every week made me miss performing so much! I can't wait to get back out there and do what I love most," Spears said of her "X Factor" departure.

Spears' most recent album, "Femme Fatale," was released in March 2011.

Celebrity website TMZ.com reported on Friday that Spears was in talks about a long-term residency gig in Las Vegas. The gambling city is already host to stars like Celine Dion and Shania Twain, who perform under long term contracts.

Spears was recruited to "The X Factor" with a reported $15 million salary after a 14-year singing career that made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 2000s.

But audiences slumped and the TV show lost about 3 million regular viewers from its first season. Many fans and TV critics found Spears bland and boring.

The exit of Spears leaves "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell searching for two new judges to lift his show past its NBC rival, "The Voice," in the ratings when it returns in September.

Judge and record producer L.A. Reid announced in December that he would be returning full time to his job as the head of Epic Records.

Spears took "The X Factor" gig with singer Demi Lovato, 20, in May 2012 to fill the judges' seats left by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, who were both fired by Cowell a year ago. 

© 2015 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Tagged :   Britney Spears
facebook tweet this pin it plus
Contribute to this Story send us a tip send us a tip send us a tip
Sign Up for Newsletters

Around The Web

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Kalenna Harper

Kalenna Only Has One Regret About Throwing Water In Rasheeda's Face On 'LHHATL'

Kalenna Harper is unbothered after she threw a drink in her former friend Rasheeda's face. In fact, there's only one thing she wishes she could change.

Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss Reveals Due Date, Fans Will See Pregnancy Journey On 'RHOA'

Kandi Burruss spills the beans on details of her pregnancy and what fans can expect to see from her on the new season of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives Of Atlanta'

Mark Harmon

'NCIS' Season 13 Premiere Episode Officially Titled 'Stop the Bleeding'

What does the premiere episode title of 13th season of 'NCIS' mean?

Draya Michele

Shaunie O'Neal, Evelyn Lozada & Tami Roman Might Be Anti Draya Michele On New 'BBWLA'

The ladies of 'Basketball Wives LA' have their differences this season but one thing they can agree on is they're not fans of Draya Michele's new attitude.

The Duggar Family

Is The Duggar Family Going Broke?

Is The Duggar family at risk of losing it all?

Ashlyn Pearce

Ashlyn Pearce Speaks Out About Aly's Shocking Death On 'The Bold and the Beautiful'

The actress took to social media to address the trn of events and thank fans for their support.

WWE Raw

Monday Night 'Raw' LIVE STREAM Free: Watch WWE Wrestling 2015 Online @ 8 pm ET

Catch Brock Lessner and the Undertaker live online

Future and Ciara

Future Just Can't Stop Talking About His Ex In Interviews

Future admits to feeling 'embarrassed' for his ex-fiance Ciara.

The cast of 'Days of Our Lives' posing at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards

Is 'Days of Our Lives' No Longer In Jeopardy Of Being Canceled?

The show has seen a spike in viewership.

Draya Michele & Orlando Scandrick

Draya Michele Rocks Engagement Ring After Split With Orlando Scandrick

Draya Michele proudly wore what looks like her engagement ring after she and Dallas Cowboys star Orlando Scandrick battled it out on social media following their split.

Adiz 'Bambi' Benson

Bambi Gets Way Too Close To Another Man On 'LHHATL' Amid Lil Scrappy Drama

Bambi might have found comfort with an aspiring rapper as she and Lil Scrappy face challenges in their relationship on 'Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.'

Witches Of East End

Network Chief Says 'Witches Of East End' Was The Hardest Show To Cancel

As fans expressed their rage and anger over the cancellation of 'Witches of East End,' it looks like they're not the only ones who are having a hard time.

Witches Of East End

'Witches Of East End' Petition Is Still Gaining Signatures

It's been months since the cancellation of 'Witches of East End' was announced, but the petition to help bring it back is (surprisingly) still open.

Latest News

Teen Wolf

New 'Teen Wolf' Midseason Finale Title Will Take Your Breath Away, Literally

Find out what episode 10 holds for Scott and his pack

Marcus Grodd & Lacy Faddoul

Lacy Faddoul & Marcus Grodd Dish On Why They Returned To 'Bachelor in Paradise' To Get Hitched

Viewers of 'Bachelor in Paradise' season 2 will see Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd get wed.

Javi Marroquin & Kailyn Lowry

Kailyn Lowry Tells Javi Marroquin They Are On The 'Edge' Of Getting Divorced On 'Teen Mom 2'

Things aren't looking good for Kailyn Lowry and her husband Javi Marroquin.

Pauley Perrette

'NCIS' Has New DVD Set Called 'The Best of Abby' Out Now!

The portrayer of Abby is featured doing 'commentaries' on 'NCIS: The Best of Abby' DVD set!

Giuliana Rancic

'E! News' Host Giuliana Rancic Makes ANOTHER Hair Change

After a couple of short months with long hair, Giuliana Rancic has chopped off her long locks.

Farrah Abraham

Farrah Abraham Shows Off Her Bikini Body

Farrah Abraham looks great in a two-piece.

CSI

Here's What We Know Far About The 'CSI' Las Vegas Series Finale

Get a behind the scenes look at the two-hour goodbye

Leah Messer

Leah Messer Plans To Put Her Daughters On Birth Control When They Turn 13

Leah Messer isn't taking any chances when it comes to teen pregnancy.

Maci Bookout

Why Isn't Bentley On Maci Bookout's Book Cover? Farrah Abraham Is Likely Wondering!

Maci Bookout has revealed why she chose a solo shot for her book cover.

Featured Videos

From Our Partners

Jon Jones

Jon Jones Next Fight: MMA Legend Thinks Fedor Emelianenko Could Beat 'Bones' [VIDEO]

Bas Rutten is hoping Fedor Emelianenko joins UFC and wouldn't count him out against anyone, including Jon Jones

Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens WWE Rumors: Former NXT Champ Threatens Cesaro, 'He Better Watch His Back' [VIDEO]

WWE Superstar Kevin Owens didn't mince words when addressing Cesaro.

Clayton Kershaw

Los Angeles Dodgers Rumors: Clayton Kershaw Injured? L.A. Mulls Pulling Southpaw From Start [VIDEO]

The Dodgers may pull Clayton Kershaw from his start due to an injury. Here are the latest details.

MLS All Star Game

MLS All Stars vs. Tottenham Live Stream Free Online: MLS All Star Game 2015, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two teams looking to entertain will do battle today in a friendly between the MLS All Stars and Tottenham. The match scheduled for 9 p.m. ET will be held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1.

Manchester United

Manchester United vs. PSG Free Online: International Champions Cup 2015, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two clubs looking to return to form will do battle today in a friendly between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. The International Champions Cup match scheduled for 9 p.m. ET will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on Fox Sports 1.

David Price

New York Yankees Rumors: David Price Trade A Priority, May Involve 'Bidding War'?

Three teams are expected to go hard for Tigers ace David Price if he is made available.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid Transfer News: Cristiano Ronaldo €120 Million PSG Bid Denied, Karim Benzema £40.5 Million Arsenal Bid and More

Be wary of social media, especially if you're an Arsenal fan. The North London club was spurned by Karim Benzema on Tuesday, much like Paris Saint-Germain were spurned by the rumor mill in the Spanish capital.

Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks WWE Rumors: Team B.A.D. Calls Out 'Tough Enough' Competitors [VIDEO]

Team B.A.D. guest starred on 'Tough Enough' this week and they had some words for the competitors after the show.

River Plate

Tigres UANL vs. River Plate Live Stream Free Online: Copa Libertadores Final 2015, Projected Lineups and Tactical Preview

Two clubs chasing Copa Libertadores glory will do battle today in a match between Tigres UANL and River Plate. The tournament final scheduled for 9 p.m. ET will be held at the Estadio Universitario in San Nicolas de los Garza and can be live streamed here free. Additional TV coverage can be found on Fox Deportes.

SummerSlam logo

WWE 'SummerSlam 2015' Rumors: 5 Best Moments From 1993-97 Events [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]

Continuing our trip through 'SummerSlam' history, here are the top 5 moments at the event from 1993-97.

Real Time Analytics