Pop princess Britney Spears' marriage to dancer KEVIN FEDERLINE is reportedly on the rocks after less than five months, according to two US magazines.

American publication IN TOUCH WEEKLY claims Federline, 26, has been socialising on a regular basis without his 23-year-old wife, who he wed in September (04) after a whirlwind romance.

In Touch reports a friend of the couple saying, "Kevin has suddenly started partying like a single guy.

"In addition to going out on several occasions without his wedding band on, he's been hanging out with his old posse of pals and flying to Las Vegas for weekends of drinking, gambling - and even lap dances in strip clubs."

Another magazine LIFE AND STYLE WEEKLY claims Federline's behaviour has prompted her to re-consider starting a family. Federline infamously ended his relationship with MOESHA actress Shar Jackson in April (04), while she was pregnant with their second child, to be with Spears.

A source tells Life And Style, "It has occurred to Britney that Kevin isn't a great help in cleaning up after the dogs (BIT BIT, LACY LOO and LUCKY). And he might not be too eager to be on midnight diaper patrol either."

Federline is said to be annoyed by the amount of attention Spears pays to the three pooches.

The source adds, "The other night Britney was leaving with Kevin for a romantic meal, but Bit Bit whined and whined and refused to be left. Eventually, they stayed home and ordered takeout."

10/02/2005 03:56