Britney Spears’ mum Lynne denies calling former backup dancer Columbus Short the N-Word after fling with pop star

Britney Spears‘ mum, Lynne, has denied claims she called a former backup dancer the N-word back in 2003.

Dancer-turned-actor Columbus Short made the allegations in his autobiography Short Stories released last September, while also further detailing the alleged incident in a YouTube interview earlier this month.

In a statement to Page Six this week, Lynne, 65, said she did not call the 38-year-old by that derogatory word all those years ago. 

“I want to be very clear. Those terrible words are not remotely in my vocabulary,” said Lynne, a former schoolteacher. “I would never say that to anyone, much less my daughter. Ever.”

In his book, Short shared intimate moments from his fling with the pop star. At the time, he was closely working as Spears’ dancer and producer. He said the singer pursued him and their relationship became intimate one night while on tour in Rome.

Soon after he overheard Spears talking on the phone with her mum Lynne and dad Jamie, and it was then they allegedly referred to him as the N-word.

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“I was next to [Britney] while she was on the phone with them crying while she had it on speaker,” he said, before claiming Spears’ parents then asked, “‘Why are you f–ing that n—-r?’ Britney looked at me so apologetically, knowing I’d heard it. I shook my head and didn’t say anything, because what was there to say?”

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Short shared more details earlier this month during an appearance on online personality Jazzie Belle’s YouTube show, Inside Hollywood.

“I wasn’t shocked when it happened,” said Short, who choreographed Spears’ 2004 Onyx Hotel Tour. “Look, where they’re from, they’re from Louisiana. The way it came out was so effortless. Like, that’s how they speak.

“I wasn’t shocked and I wasn’t hurt by it. I was just like, ‘Wow, this is … OK … I know who I am around here.'”

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But Short — who went on to star in Stomp The Yard, Scandal and will soon play Martin Luther King Jr. in the biopic Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story — has no hard feelings towards Spears.

If anything, he remembers her being a “really sweet person” and has fond memories of their time together. 

“I love Britney to this day. I feel bad for her,” he said, likely referring to her recent conservatorship battle with her father. “I wish the world knew the Britney I knew.”

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