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Xbox Live outage resolved after players cut off for 6 hours | Razor Byte


After recently trying to charge gamers even more so they can play online, Microsoft’s services went down for six hours in an outage it took “longer than anticipated” to fix.

Xbox Live is back online after a six-hour outage that baffled even the company that runs the service.

Users were unable to sign into the service during the outage.

The outage affected people’s ability to play online as well as launch a variety of games and apps correctly.

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“We are aware that users may not be able to sign-in on Xbox Live at this time. Our teams are currently investigating to fix this issue,” Xbox Support said on Twitter on Friday morning.

The outage caused problems for many who took to social media to complain, though their issue was not always with the service itself.

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Microsoft declared it a major outage on the Xbox status page, which it later updated to say a fix was “taking longer than anticipated”.

The status page was updated again after 2pm to say that “all services (were) up and running”.

The outage lasted almost as long as Microsoft’s plans to up the prices for how much they charge people to use the service, which is required to play online multiplayer.

After announcing price increases in January, the company admitted it had made a mistake and withdrew the plans, 14 hours after they were announced, following a furious backlash from gamers.

The outage couldn’t have come at a worse time for Microsoft as it provided the perfect circumstances for PlayStation to lure in gamers from the rival platform when it announced more new games coming to its console on Friday morning.

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Laughs Over Steamy Scene In Interview – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


While appearing on ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show,’ First Lady Jill Biden revealed that she indeed watched the steamy ‘Bridgerton’ scene where Daphne and the Duke consummated their marriage.

Lady Whistledown can put this down in her newsletter: First Lady Jill Biden watched the steamy scene between Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor) and the Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page) on Bridgerton. Season one of the hit Netflix series, which revolves around Daphne and the Duke’s love story in 19th-century Britain, came up during a game on the Feb. 25 episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show. Host Kelly Clarkson read out a series of words and phrases and Jill had to say the first thing that came to mind.

When Kelly read out “Bridgerton,” though, Jill’s mind didn’t immediately travel to that NSFW scene between Daphne and Simon. “Um costumes, romance,” Joe Biden‘s wife immediately said. This drew a chuckle out of Kelly, who was thinking of a scene that was indeed romantic…but where costumes came off.

“We’re so different, my first would’ve been different…,” Kelly said, laughing. Jill quickly caught on and said while laughing, “Okay I know what episode you’re talking about!” Kelly then clarified that they were giggling over episode five ([SPOILER ALERT]: this is the episode where Daphne and Simon quickly tie the knot and later have sex for the very first time).

The Duke of Hastings (played by Regé-Jean Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (played by Phoebe Dynevor) in Bridgerton. [NBC/Everett Collection]

Jill and Kelly’s chat about Bridgerton‘s steamy scene came in good timing, because the show’s intimacy coordinator recently did a headline-making interview about how the risqué scenes in the show are actually choreographed! The coordinator, Lizzy Talbot, also revealed that the famous oral pleasure scene in the show was filmed on “day one” of shooting.

“The very first scene, day one, we were doing a scene of female sexual pleasure in a gentlemen’s club that didn’t allow women in until 1980. It was, like, ‘Oh, I see what you’re up to, Shondaland!’ It was very clear that from the outset this was going to be viewed from the female perspective,” Lizzy told The Sunday Times in an interview published on Feb. 26.

Bridgerton premiered on Christmas day in 2020, and the series — which is executive produced by Shonda Rhimes — was met with much fan fare. Fans are now anxiously awaiting the second season of the show, which Shonda tweeted in January will be “coming soon.”

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The Drive Five: The week’s most interesting stories | Razor Byte


Catch up on the best content you might have missed from the Drive homepage.

As you might be aware, 2021 marks the year CarAdvice and Drive become one – bringing together both sites’ top-shelf automotive content under the one banner.

For you, dear reader, not much will change. We’re still the same team, with the same familiar faces and high standards for our new-car content and love of all things automotive.

The only difference is you’ll eventually be able to meet all your new-car needs in one place, Drive.

Until then, however, we want to make sure that while you’re glued to CarAdvice, you don’t miss out on the original content we’re producing on Drive.

To keep you informed, we’ll be rounding up our five favourite Drive stories of the week each week. Behold, the ‘Drive Five’…

For those who are yet to watch it, Netflix’s documentary series Formula 1: Drive to Survive is a fascinating look inside the lives of some of the world’s most elite racing drivers.

The first season debuted in 2019 and drew acclaim for its unflinching portrayal of the danger and the thrill of Formula One, as well as the rigorous training schedules of drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Thankfully, fans will have even more episodes to binge watch with the announcement of a third season, coming soon. Click here for all the details.

We’ve covered Justin Bieber’s visually striking custom Rolls-Royce before, but now we finally have the backstory as to how it came to be.

A new video from famed LA modification house West Coast Customs details the three-year process to bring the pop star’s dream to life.

To find out how a Rolls-Royce Wraith was converted into a “floating” vision inspired by the all-electric Rolls-Royce 103EX concept car, click here.

While it might seem strange to compare a Hyundai to a BMW, price changes have meant the Kona and X1 small SUVs now cost within a few thousand dollars of each other.

As such, it pays to sift through the various specifications and standard equipment on the recently-facelifted Hyundai Kona N Line Premium and the BMW X1 sDrive18i xLine.

To see which one is the better value proposition, click here.

Jeep has been using the Cherokee nameplate for around half a century, but it seems the tribe that inspired the title has decided it’s finally time to put an end to the cultural appropriation.

A spokesperson for the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma has formally requested the car maker drop the name from its line-up.

To see their statement, and Jeep’s response, click here.

In this week’s episode of bad behaviour on the roads, two teenagers were caught in the US riding an unregistered dirt bike with a fake driver’s licence based on the comical character McLovin’ from the movie Superbad.

But it didn’t stop there – there were more reports of poor decision-making from around the world this week, including a Queensland woman who allegedly necked a bottle of wine behind the wheel.

To see other tales of drivers behaving badly, click here.

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Luann De Lesseps Rocks Blue Bikini During Her Tulum Getaway: Pic – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


Luann de Lesseps showed off her bikini body during her winter getaway to Tulum, Mexico! Check out the 55-year-old ‘Real Housewives of New York City’ star confidently working her two-pieces!

Luann de Lesseps looked as stunning as ever when she hit the beach in Tulum, Mexico, on February 24! The gorgeous Real Housewives of New York City star, 55, took a dip in the ocean while sporting an electric blue bikini and looked so confident in her swimwear style. Luann’s two-piece featured a string bikini top with a halter and plunging neckline and a pair of matching bottoms with a similarly fashioned rope detail.

Luann de Lesseps shows off her killer bikini body while soaking up the sun south of the border with friends in Tulum, Mexico, on February 24, 2021 [BACKGRID].

Opting to go makeup free, Luann looked like she was having the time of her life. Her best accessory? The beaming smile she wore on her face as she enjoyed all of the luxuries of her beach vacation. The longtime RHONY star has been looking absolutely marvelous as of late, as the 13th season of the beloved Bravo reality TV series is slowly, but surely, coming together.

Luann switched things up with another string bikini on Feb. 25. Rocking a hot white two piece, the reality star was spotted going for a casual stroll on the sandy beach as well as stepping into the shallow water. She was later spotted walking out of the ocean with wet hair, smiling after a swim. She looked happy and relaxed as she soaked up the sunshine, throwing on a pair of shades as she enjoyed a quiet moment one of the resort’s cozy beach chairs.

Luann De Lesseps sports a white bikini as she goes for a dip in the ocean on Feb. 25. The ‘RHONY’ star is vacationing in Tulum, Mexico. (MEGA)

HollywoodLife had the pleasure of chatting with Luann in July 2020, just before the final episodes of season 12 aired! The reality TV star dished about her “survival kit” for the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine, and even revealed how she goes about making wardrobe decisions for special occasions. “I feel like I try to be as close to myself as possible, [when choosing a look],” Luann shared with HL. “I, you know, I want to look natural and I don’t really want to be over the top. I just want to look great. I just want to look hot. That’s all.”

Luann de Lesseps is seen arriving at NBC Studios for NY Live on September 17, 2019 [MEGA].

At the time of our chat with Luann, the star was also getting ready for a major reunion with her cast members. “The reunion is like your chance to clear the air, you know, things that you might not have said that you wish you said during the course of filming,” she candidly told HL. “You know, it’s that moment…I always go into the reunion with an open heart and with my truth, and I feel like it’s just hard to mess up the truth.”

Since the 12th season of RHONY ended and the drama was put behind her, Luann has seriously been living her best life. The starlet has shared intimate photos from her trip to Tulum, and given her longtime fans a glimpse into her luxurious getaway. With the star looking as confident as ever in her recent bikini snap, we cannot wait to see what the future holds for this RHONY star!

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See Disney+’s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder Pictures | Razor Byte


The Proud family is coming back with a new series titled The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, and we finally have the first look! On Thursday, Disney+ shared photos of the characters on the revival, as well as what they have been up to since the original series ended in 2005. While Penny Proud is now 14 years old and “loving it,” her mom Trudy Proud runs her own veterinary clinic and her father Oscar Proud is “more overbearing than ever.” Additionally, we also a glimpse of Keke Palmer’s character, Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, who is described as “the new kid on the block.”

While we haven’t gotten an official release date for the new series, we can already tell it’s going to be epic. When Kyla Pratt, aka the voice of Penny Proud, talked with POPSUGAR recently, she teased that revival is going to be “amazing” for old fans and new ones. “The people who loved watching the original will absolutely love watching the [revival],” she said. “And it’s going to introduce it to people who hadn’t seen the original! I love it because we’re talking about things that animated shows normally don’t talk about, and I think that’s something that we need.”

As we wait for an official release date, see more images of the characters as well as a breakdown of the new Proud family tree from the show’s executive producers ahead.

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Golden Globes 2021: Full list of nominations and winners | Razor Byte


The 78th annual Golden Globe Awards is days away and organisers are polishing up those little gold statues as we speak.

Nominations were announced virtually this year, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Taraji P Henson sharing the honours, but that didn’t take away from the excitement.

We’ve even got three Aussies Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Sia who were nominated and will no doubt fly the Aussie flag high with pride. Although singer/songwriter Sia, who scored a nomination for her controversial film Music in the Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy, will go up against Kidman’s Netflix musical The Prom.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the ceremony for the fourth time.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the ceremony for the fourth time. (Getty)

Honorary Aussie Sacha Baron Cohen also scored multiple nominations for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture for his role in The Trial of the Chicago 7 as well as Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, which also nabbed a Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy nomination.

On the international front, no surprises that Netflix comedy series Schitt’s Creek earned a slew of nominations across all the major categories for its final season. 

But just who takes home the coveted trophies is anyone’s guess. 

The coveted Golden Globe statue.
The coveted Golden Globe statue. (Getty)

The ceremony airs on Monday, March 1 at 12pm AEDT on Foxtel’s FOX ARENA channel. Check back here with 9Honey Celebrity as we update the winners list below as each category is awarded on the day.

Here is the full list of nominees at this year’s Golden Globe Awards: 

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Emily in Paris (Netflix)

The Flight Attendant (HBO Max)

The Great (Hulu)

Schitt’s Creek (CBC)

Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Josh O’Connor, The Crown

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Al Pacino, Hunters

Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America

Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People

Shira Haas, Unorthodox

Nicole Kidman, The Undoing

Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen’s Gambit

Best Director — Motion Picture

Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

David Fincher, Mank (Netflix)

Regina King, One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)

Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Chloé Zhao, Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Kate Hudson, Music

Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit

Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot

Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins, The Father

Gary Oldman, Mank

Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best Television Series — Drama

The Crown (Netflix)

Lovecraft Country (HBO Max)

The Mandalorian (Disney Plus)

Ozark (Netflix)

Ratched (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Olivia Colman, The Crown

Jodie Comer, Killing Eve

Emma Corrin, The Crown

Laura Linney, Ozark

Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Bryan Cranston, Your Honor

Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule

Hugh Grant, The Undoing

Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird

Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

James Corden, The Prom

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton

Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield

Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Viola Davis, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand, Nomadland

Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best Motion Picture — Drama

The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)

Mank (Netflix)

Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah

Jared Leto, The Little Things

Bill Murray, On the Rocks

Leslie Odom, Jr., One Night in Miami

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

The Midnight Sky (Netflix) — Alexandre Desplat 

Tenet (Warner Bros.) — Ludwig Gransson

News of the World (Universal Pictures) — James Newton Howard

Mank (Netflix) — Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Soul (Pixar) — Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Jon Batiste

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Lily Collins, Emily in Paris

Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant

Elle Fanning, The Great

Jane Levy, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Catherine O’Hara, Schitt’s Creek

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Normal People (Hulu/BBC)

The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Small Axe (Amazon Studios/BBC)

The Undoing (HBO)

Unorthodox (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

John Boyega, Small Axe

Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule

Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jim Parsons, Hollywood

Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios)

Hamilton (Walt Disney Pictures)

Palm Springs (Neon)

Music (Vertical Entertainment)

The Prom (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy

Olivia Colman, The Father

Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Amanda Seyfried, Mank

Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language

Another Round (Samuel Goldwyn Films)

La Llorona (Shudder)

The Life Ahead (Netflix)

Minari (A24)

Two of Us

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

Mank (Netflix)

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

The Father (Sony Pictures Classics)

Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Don Cheadle, Black Monday

Nicholas Hoult, The Great

Eugene Levy, Schitt’s Creek

Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown

Julia Garner, Ozark

Annie Murphy, Schitt’s Creek

Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

‘Fight for You’ from Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)  — H.E.R., Dernst Emile II, Tiara Thomas

‘Hear My Voice’ from The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix) — Daniel Pemberton, Celeste

‘Io Si (Seen)’ from The Life Ahead (Netflix) — Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccol? Agliardi

‘Speak Now’ from One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios) — Leslie Odom Jr, Sam Ashworth

‘Tigress & Tweed’ from The United States vs. Billie Holliday (Hulu)

Best Motion Picture — Animated

The Croods: A New Age (Universal Pictures)

Onward (Walt Disney Pictures)

Over the Moon (Netflix)

Soul (Walt Disney Pictures)

Wolfwalkers (Cartoon Saloon)

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COVID-19: Scammers target online shopping during pandemic | Razor Byte


Scammers are successfully targeting more online shoppers during the pandemic, according to new data.

A boost in online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a 500 per cent increase in losses to scammers, with younger consumers being duped out of the most money overall across all types of cons, new data shows.

Western Australia’s Consumer Protection says 257 online shoppers in the state reported losses of more than $650,000 last year compared with 129 victims losing more that $125,000 in 2019.

A further 241 consumers looking for second-hand goods lost more than $540,000 last year compared with 126 victims losing more than $190,000 in 2019.

Across all types of cons, there were more victims but less money lost last year, with 952 victims losing $11.8m.

In 2019, there were 705 victims who lost a total of $13.6m.

Consumer Protection said the largest losses occurred in the 25 to 34 years age group, while the highest number of reports came from people over the age of 65.

Consumer Protection commissioner Lanie Chopping described the losses as a blow to the local economy and devastating for victims.

“Money that could have flowed to legitimate local businesses is being siphoned by criminals who are very efficient and professional in their deception to dupe consumers,” she said in a statement on Friday.

“Posting fake ads, creating fake websites and sometimes threatening their victims by phone are just some of the many tactics used to steal money from people.”

Ms Chopping said it was vital the community was aware of the tactics used to stop criminals.

“With online shopping and internet activity generally increasing year by year, particularly during COVID-19 restrictions, it is even more important that consumers are vigilant and do some checks to ensure the people or organisations they are dealing with online are legitimate,” she said.


  • Do not let anyone pressure you into making urgent decisions;
  • Get a second opinion from a reliable source if someone requests money;
  • Do not respond to emails, text messages and phone calls from strangers offering investment advice;
  • Know who you are dealing with on dating sites and never send money to someone you have not met;
  • Never allow anyone to remotely log into your computer;
  • Remember government agencies and businesses will never ask you to make a payment using iTunes, Google Play, gift cards or Bitcoin.

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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Is Spotted At Dance Studio Rocking Ripped Jeans: Pic – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s daughter, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, was spotted inside a Los Angeles dance studio wearing ripped jeans with a punk rock flair.

Has Shiloh Jolie-Pitt taken up a new hobby? Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s 14-year-old daughter was spotted at a dance studio in Pasadena, CA on Feb. 23! It’s unclear if she was leaving a practice or just visiting, but the famous teen looked stylish per usual as she was pictured by the studio’s doors in ripped black jeans that matched her hoodie and slip-on shoes (also in black).

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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is spotted at a dance studio in Pasadena, CA on Feb. 23, 2021. [BACKGRID]

Shiloh also sported a ponytail at the dance studio, nearly three weeks after debuting a topknot hairstyle while stepping out with her sister Zahara Jolie-Pitt, 16, and their mom Angelina on Feb. 6. For the family bonding time, Shiloh appeared to be rocking the same exact ripped jeans you see above with a similar black hoodie (the jacket from her earlier outing, however, read “Cirque du Soleil”).

Shiloh has been rocking longer hair as of late, which is a change from her usually short hair. The fashionista revealed her grown-out ‘do in the March 2021 issue of British Vogue, which featured a spread of Shiloh with her siblings Zahara, Vivienne, 12, Knox, 12, and their mom watching CBS News’ coverage of election night in Nov. 2020.

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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is pictured in similar ripped jeans with her sister Zahara Jolie-Pitt and mom Angelina Jolie on Feb. 6, 2021. [BACKGRID]

For Angelina, it’s important that her children are not only in-tune with current events in the world, but to be active participants in it as well. “I know this may sound strange, but don’t make it a duty for them to do good or have to give back. If we can help children feel that it’s not about duty or service or charity, but the joy of an interconnected life with people you respect, then it feels very different,” the Maleficent star told British Vogue.

Angelina looked stunning for the cover story as well, wearing a chic camel coat with a dressy tank top and pencil skirt in similar beige colors. As you can see, Angelina passed on her impeccable sense of style to Shiloh!

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2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class W223 – First Australian look at the all-new luxury sedan | Razor Byte


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Columbus Short Shares Alleged Hookup Story With Britney Spears – Hollywood Life | Razor Byte


Columbus Short, who choreographed Britney Spears’ 2004 tour, wrote about allegedly entering a ‘dangerous sexual alliance’ with the pop star in his autobiography.

Columbus Short — who worked as a backup dancer, choreographer and producer with Britney Spears — claimed that he once got “intimate” with the pop princess in 2003. The 38-year-old Scandal star made the claim in his 2020 autobiography Short Stories, alleging that a “wild party” led up to the hookup. “[Britney] sent us a jet, and just like that, we were in New York having a wild party for my 21st birthday,” Columbus wrote to begin his hookup story.

Columbus Short, Britney Spears
Throwback: Columbus Short is pictured here rehearsing with Britney Spears in Times Square in New York City in 2003. Columbus also choreographed Britney’s 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour. [SplashNews]

Columbus recalled that the party crowd was “going crazy”  at “Keith Richards‘ apartment uptown.” He further wrote, “[Britney] was on me like white on rice, and would not leave me alone the entire night. Britney had her eyes on the prize and wasn’t about to stop until she got what she wanted.”

“I really tried my best, but this girl put on the full-court press,” the Stomp The Yard actor continued in his autobiography, adding, “We ended up being intimate that one time. I never slept with her again after that, though. This was a dangerous sexual alliance for every reason under sun, and I think that the worst part of it was that I was making the rumors an actual reality.” Britney, however, has not confirmed Columbus’s claims about their alleged hookup.

Columbus Short, Britney Spears
After working with Britney Spears, Columbus Short went on to appear on various TV series and films. He played Harrison Wright on Scandal between 2012-2014. [AP]

At the time, Columbus and Britney were traveling to film the 2003 music video for “Me Against the Music,” according to Columbus. He also claimed that Britney’s manager “was growing more upset with the continued press,” and the brief flirtation ended soon after a game of truth or dare in which Britney allegedly said she’d marry Columbus. Meanwhile, Columbus instead chose the woman he was dating at the time as his hypothetical bride.

“I was fired not too long after that, and Britney changed her number so I couldn’t contact her,” Columbus claimed, and offered advice for his readers: “Don’t s–t where you eat, even if you really have to go.” Regardless, Columbus only remembered Britney with fondness and revealed his opinion on the 39-year-old singer’s controversial conservatorship.

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Another throwback: Britney Spears is pictured here at her star ceremony on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. [AP]

“After that I felt like maybe [Britney] was using me to piss them off for some reason. I think she is a really sweet person that was tormented in a position on a high level that I can’t imagine. I liken it to Princess Diana. She was the pop princess,” Columbus wrote. “Britney couldn’t go nowhere — her world [was] completely controlled in this bubble. There would be times that she would act out, and I don’t blame her. She was trying to find her way. I love Britney to this day…I feel bad for her. I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”

The professional dancer and choreographer released his autobiography in Sept. 2020, amid Britney’s legal fight to kick her dad, Jamie Spears, off her conservatorship. Except for a break he took for medical reasons in Sept. 2019, Jamie has been his daughter’s conservator since 2008. This means that Jamie has long held control over his daughter’s finances and major life decisions.

This wasn’t Columbus’s first time detailing his alleged fling with Britney. In 2004, Columbus claimed that he and the “Toxic” songstress slept together — just not sexually. “It’s true I slept with Britney, [but] we never had sex because another person was in the room at the time,” he told Star at the time. “We shared a bed and were really close, kissing and hugging. The chemistry was magical…our feelings were so strong.”

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