Date: 22nd March 2002
Pop singer Britney Spears was so distracted by her troubled love life she set fire to her lavish New York apartment.
The swanky flat was nearly destroyed in the ensuing blaze - and it was all Britney's fault as she'd left a candle burning before going out for a night on the town.
The 20-year-old Baby, One More Time star is reportedly going through major relationship troubles with her boyfriend Justin Timberlake, although the couple maintain they just had a row.
Whatever the truth about her lovelife, Britney clearly had things on her mind when she flew from Paris to New York last weekend (16th March 2002) to spend time with her brother, Bryan, his girlfriend Lauren and her pal Jenny.
Her mum Lynne says, "Britney went to New York for four days. She and Jenny, her friend, stayed with Bryan. He and Lauren took them out on the town a few times, too. One night, they all came in to a real mess! Brit had left a candle burning in front of an air vent. The wall caught fire, and the fire department had to come to put it out. And it's not the first time Britney's carelessness with candles has caused her trouble." Lynne adds, "This is the second time it has happened. Brit left a candle burning in her bathroom in our Louisiana home and caught the bathroom on fire. But she has really learned a lesson this time."