Pop singer Britney Spears has laughed off rumours she is jealous Jessica Simpson beat her to the role of DAISY DUKE in The Dukes of Hazzard, insisting she was fated to spent 2005 pregnant.

While Simpson has flying all over the world promoting the movie remake of the TV classic, Spears has been relaxing and enjoying her pregnancy ahead of the birth of her first child next month (SEP05).

Spears says, "Yeah (I was offered the role). Ashton Kutcher was supposed to be in it too.

"But things change and happen for a reason. That wasn't my time. I'm supposed to be pregnant now.

"And I'm proud of Jessica - she's doing really well."