Britney Spears marries -- for 12 hours. Hours after a quickie Vegas wedding to a hometown pal, she moves to have the nuptials annulled

By Gary Susman
Updated January 01, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST
Britney Spears: Junko Kimura/Getty Images/NewsCom

Oops, she did it again. Four months after pretending to be a bride (and kissing ”groom” Madonna) at the MTV Video Music Awards, Britney Spears had another pretend wedding, but this one was legal. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and, Spears married hometown pal Jason Allen Alexander early Saturday morning in a spur-of-the-moment Las Vegas wedding. By late afternoon, Spears’ record label was calling the quickie elopement a joke that had gotten out of hand, and the couple had met with lawyers to file for an annulment.

It was the first marriage for both Spears and Alexander, both 22, who arrived in the wee hours Friday night at Las Vegas’ Little White Wedding Chapel, quickie-elopement venue of choice for such celebrities as Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Michael Jordan, Natalie Maines, and Joan Collins. Told they needed a marriage license, the couple drove to the all-night courthouse and obtained one, a copy of which appeared in the Review-Journal. They returned to the Chapel around 5 a.m. and, with their limo driver as the only witness, exchanged vows. The bride wore a baseball cap and jeans, the groom a casual shirt.

By 6 p.m., however, the couple was already getting unhitched, the New York Post reports. ”Britney Spears and a friend took a joke too far by getting married,” Jive Records publicist Sonia Muckle said in a statement. ”Ms. Spears and Mr. Alexander have filed for an annulment which will become official on Monday.” By Sunday night, Alexander was back home in Louisiana, his grandfather told TV’s ”Entertainment Tonight.” ”He’d been through a lot,” Robert Alexander said of his grandson, ”and he didn’t have much to say.”

Jason Allen Alexander (not to be confused with Jason ”George Costanza” Alexander) had been partying with fellow Kentwood, La., resident Spears since New Year’s Eve, said his father, Dennis Alexander, who told the Post that his son passed up a family celebration to ring in 2004 with Spears in Vegas. ”I don’t blame him. I would have done the same,” the elder Alexander told the Post. ”If Jennifer Lopez had called me up and invited me to New York, I would have been straight there.”