Tuesday, May 23, 2006
You know, $$$ usually is the deal-breaker...
By Jeannette Walls
Updated: 1:41 a.m. CT May 23, 2006
Why did Britney Spears really dump Kabbalah?
The pop star revealed on her Web site that she was ditching the trendy religion for motherhood. “I no longer study Kaballah,” she recently wrote, “my baby is my religion.” (“Kabbalah” has a variety of spellings that are considered acceptable.)
But her split from the trendy offshoot of Jewish mysticism may have more to do with the bottom line.
“She’s tired of the way [Kabbalah leaders] kept hassling her for money,” says a well-placed source. “Actually, it was mostly her mother’s decision. They were always asking Britney to tithe [donate a percentage of her salary]. There was a lot of pressure, and finally her mom said, ‘Enough is enough’.”
Spears’ one-time mentor, Madonna, introduced her to Kabbalah and reportedly has donated millions of dollars to the Kabbalah Centre.
A Kabbalah spokeswoman didn’t return calls and Spears’ rep told The Scoop she has no idea why the singer left the religion, and hasn’t asked.