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  Britney takes a break from music
Updated 18 October 2004, 14.21
Britney on stage with her dancers
Britney Spears has announced she's going to take a break from her hectic work schedule to "enjoy life".

She wrote a letter on her website saying she needed a rest and no longer wanted to be a "na´ve, young, blonde girl" who was pushed into things.

The star said she wanted to let "other overexposed blondes" replace her on the cover of magazines.

Britney split with her manager of nine years and wants to enjoy married life with her new husband, Kevin Federline.

The singer said in the letter to fans: "I've actually learned to say 'NO!' with this newly found freedom.

"I'm sorry that my life seemed like it was all over the place the past two years. It's probably because it was!"

She said it was great to be married to Kevin and that she could not wait to "start my family".

Britney also wrote: "Going and going and going is all I've ever known since I was 15 years old. Times are changing and so am I."

In June she injured her knee during a music video shoot, forcing her to cancel the summer leg of her North American tour.

"I know now that my knee gave out on me this past summer so that I would have no choice but to stop," she said.

"My body was shutting down and needed rest. It's funny how the Man upstairs works."

She also wrote: "My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all the other overexposed blondes on the cover of US Weekly be your entertainment - good luck girls!"

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