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Enquirer says sorry to Spears

July 19, 2006|From the Associated Press

The National Enquirer apologized to Britney Spears in its British edition Tuesday for reporting that she was ready to divorce Kevin Federline.

The articles were published June 5 and June 12 under the headlines, "Britney Marriage Is Over!" and "Britney and Kevin: And Now Their Divorce!" Both stories were vaguely sourced to unidentified friends of the couple.

The retraction and apology said National Enquirer officials "now accept that their marriage is not over and they are not getting divorced. These allegations are untrue and we now accept Britney's position that the statements are without foundation. We apologize for any distress caused."

A lawyer for the couple confirmed that the settlement meant the National Enquirer would not be sued, nor would it be required to publish the apology in the U.S.

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