LAST CALL: Britney break has pop star PR execs working overtime

The news that Britney Spears is taking a six month break from work has her publicist Lisa Kasteler of agency Wolf Kasteler fielding calls non-stop.

The news that Britney Spears is taking a six month break from work has her publicist Lisa Kasteler of agency Wolf Kasteler fielding calls non-stop.

USA Today deemed Britney's break so newsworthy it ran a huge feature on August 29, asking experts whether Spears' career has peaked too early.

She'll turn 21 this December.

But Kasteler must have seen red when she caught sight of US Weekly's cover story on Spears late last month, in which it sought other reasons for Spears hiatus and asked, "Britney and Justin: Did She Betray Him?"

Kasteler was reported to be furious with US Weekly and swiftly set up an exclusive interview for People magazine with Britney. The pop tart was pictured barefoot in jeans under the cover line, "My Turn to Talk."

For a moment it seemed that Kasteler had gained the upper hand for her client. But not so fast. Britney's ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, repped by Jive Records publicist Sonia Muckel, wants his turn too. And guess who he's turned to? You guessed it - US Weekly.

It seems no matter how hard a publicist tries, where celebrity break-ups are concerned, the press are the only winners.

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