Britney Spears was hissed and booed tonight at the British premiere of her debut film.
The 20-year-old star enraged thousands of people who had waited for hours in London's Leicester Square by failing to go on a walkabout or sign autographs before the start of her movie Crossroads.
Britney arrived almost an hour late for the premiere and was then immediately ushered inside by security staff.
The 3,000 fans who had gathered began booing and chanting her name, and although she made a brief appearance on the cinema's balcony, many were left in tears.
Jane Willis said she had travelled with her daughter Gemma, 11, from Chingford, Essex, to see the star.
She said: "We've been here since 3.30 pm. Gemma's crying her eyes out because she couldn't see a thing. How does Britney expect people to go and see her film if she can't be bothered to say hello to her fans."
Meanwhile, speculation about Spears' lover life continued today with her saying she was not "in an intense relationship with anyone."
That was fueled by speculation that she and 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake had broken up.
The 20-year-old pop singer faced the British media at a news conference to promote her new film.
Journalists were warned beforehand that Spears would ignore questions about taboo topics, such as her love life.
But when a reporter asked whether she was involved in an "intense relationship," Spears replied: "No, I would not say I was in an intense relationship with anyone at the moment."
Later, she told ITV television that she felt entitled to protect her privacy.
"People talk about my private life. That goes with what I do. You have to accept that," she said. "But if they ask about it, I say it's none of your business."
Tabloids in Britain and the United States have reported that she and Timberlake have parted ways, and the cover of the April 1 issue of US Weekly magazine trumpets: "Britney & Justin: It's Over."
But Spears recently told MTV that she and Timberlake were still together.
Spears and the 21-year-old boy band member have been pop music's power couple for the past two years.
They met in the mid-1990s when they were cast members on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club.
At age 12, each was the other's first kiss; lately, they've shared a house in the Hollywood Hills.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Spears said she was aware of the constant scrutiny the relationship had been under.
"I've heard so many things about him, he's heard so many things about me - it's a part of what we do," she said.
"That goes along with being a celebrity, and that's how we look at it. We don't take it to heart or take it seriously. We laugh at it, to be honest with you."