They had to strap her down…

Inside the unbelievable, Britney breakdown...
Wednesday , 09 January 2008
Sam Trammell
Sam Trammell

Last Thursday, Britney Spears finally hit rock bottom, locking herself in the bathroom at her Beverly Hills mansion with Jayden James and refusing to hand the child over to ex-husband Kevin Federline. And as police and fire services were called to the house, Britney was carted off in an ambulance and held at hospital, considered a danger to herself and others.

Amid rumours that one-year-old Jayden was injured during the four-hour standoff, that Britney threatened suicide and offered Kevin money in exchange for custody and that the fallen star was under the influence of an "unknown substance", Ahlan! goes inside the breakdown that could be a turning point, or a taste of what's to come for the star...

Why Did She Do It?
According to US sources, Brit started drinking vodka after attending the custody deposition meeting with K-Fed's lawyers.

On Drugs?LAPD's Jason Lee revealed, "While officers were on the scene, they observed Ms Spears under the influence of an unknown substance."

Bipolar?"She has good days and bad days - it's mental instability," insists a source. "She just has to think of something sad and she goes crazy."

"She may not be able to tell her sister and mother face to face to get the heck out of her spotlight, but sadly, she found another effective way to do it," claims Star mag's Bonnie Fuller.

What Happened?
As Kevin's bodyguard arrived to collect the kids after a visit with Britney, last Thursday, the singer allowed Sean Preston, two, to be put in the car, but refused to hand Jayden over, locking herself in a bathroom at her home for four hours.

Britney was "hysterical and just wanted to keep the kids overnight," spilled a source. With another adding, "They had to strap her down like a mental patient and she was going between laughing and hysterics. [It was] a total psychotic breakdown. She just went crazy."

Was Jayden Injured?
Sources say Jayden was taken to hospital along with his mother after a bruise was found on his body. A family insider insisted, "[Britney] said she did not do it." And a source revealed, "We hear that she is telling the police that the bruise was on Jayden when she got him from Kevin. However, I have been told that the bruise was caused when Brit pulled Jayden into the bathroom. He was afraid, and she forced him."

How Are The Kids?

"The boys are safe for now," an insider has revealed. "But Kevin feels Britney is clearly deranged, and there's no telling what she'll do." A family source added, "The boys are okay, just very shaken up." And with Brit stripped of all custody and visitation rights, Kev is said to have increased security at his home - "Kevin is worried Brit will rush to his house and try to grab the boys," revealed a pal.

Britney: Dhs300 Million Offer For Kids?

Medical sources at the mansion that night, claim Brit sobbed hysterically and screamed at police to get out of her house - even threatening suicide. "[She screamed] ‘Get out or I'm going to kill myself," said an emergency officer. Adding, "[She told K-Fed's lawyer, ‘Kevin] doesn't want to have to tell his children he killed their mother.'"

And sources add that an increasingly desperate Spears phoned Kevin and offered him Dhs300 million for full custody of the boys, after which her ex-husband called the police.

Brit's Breakdown: At A Glance

Thursday 3, 11.20am
The singer arrives 90 minutes late for a deposition hearing with Kevin's lawyer. It lasts 15 minutes and "ground rules" are discussed.

Britney returns home and her two sons are brought round for their visit.

K-Fed's bodyguard arrives to collect the boys. He puts Sean in the car and returns to collect Jayden.

Police cars arrive at Britney's home, along with the court-appointed child monitor and Kevin's lawyer, after the bodyguard alerts authorities to the fact that Britney has locked herself in the bathroom with Jayden.

Brit's confidant, Sam Lufti, arrives at the LA mansion.

Ambulances and fire engines arrive at the scene, along with a police helicopter.

Britney is strapped to an ambulance trolley and given a police escort to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in LA. Jayden James is taken in a separate ambulance and Sean Preston is driven to Kevin's.

Friday 4, 12.25am
Kevin arrives at the hospital, followed by Britney's dad, Jamie.

It is revealed that Britney is under 72-hour lockdown - called a "5150 Hold" - meaning she is considered a danger to herself.

Kevin takes Jayden James back to his house.