By Archana Ram
Updated December 10, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

For a celebrity who was at one time constantly making headlines, Britney Spears has been relatively quiet on the news front recently. But the calm ended Dec. 1, when Radar Online posted a recorded conversation allegedly between Spears, 29, and ex-husband Jason Alexander, in which the pop star claims she’s in a physically abusive relationship. Speculation centered on Spears’ current beau and agent, Jason Trawick, and was supplemented by Star magazine’s cover story last week titled ”Jason Beat Me Up.” (Radar Online and Star are owned by the same company.) A rep for Spears said that the report was ”utterly false,” that the recording was ”obviously fake,” and that the singer’s legal team would be taking action. Star responded, saying Alexander, who was married to Spears for 55 hours in 2004, passed a polygraph confirming that the recording is authentic.

Spears responded to the allegations herself the next day via Twitter, saying, ”Star Magazine, Radar Online, Jason Alexander and the rest of you liars, Ya’ll can kiss my lily white southern Louisiana ass!” The singer also tweeted that she and Trawick were in fact headed to Mexico to celebrate her birthday that weekend, but not before revealing some squeal-inducing news for fans: Her next album (as yet untitled) will drop this March.