It seems everyone has advice for breakdown diva Britney Spears these days, including those glittering examples of stable living themselves — other celebrities.
From teen phenom Miley Cyrus to rehab rocker Courtney Love, a slew of performers, politicians and religious figures, some with their own background of drug abuse or mental illness, are all here to help.
For every bizarre moment of her surreal, paparazzi-punctuated life, the 26-year-old pop star has not only gained a devoted media following, but also a fragile persona famous people love to comment on — their kids, too.
When asked by TV’s “Extra” about Spears, “Crocodile Hunter” widow Terri Irwin took a cue from her daughter.
“Bindi’s the one who said ... ‘People who are having trouble should go in the bush with us when we do our crocodile research work’ ... and if Britney and her family want to go in the bush with us, we’d love to have them.”
Comic and goofy pot activist Tommy Chong, who served a nine-month sentence four years ago for trying to sell marijuana pipes on the Internet, offered his own brand of advice for the tabloid princess.
“Enjoy the attention because it’s not going to last,” he told The Associated Press. “The serious advice is someone needs to check out her diet, and if cocaine is part of the diet then cut down, eliminate cocaine from the diet.”
Rock star Love, known for her own history of drug abuse and court foibles, took a more serious stance, telling “Access Hollywood” Spears “definitely needs help.”
“Having been there, here is what’s going to happen. If she doesn’t get help something very, very bad is going to happen,” added Love.
Love said younger starlets with recent troubles, such as Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, listen to her as if she’s their “cool aunt.”
Progression of strange behaviorSpears’ weird behavior has progressed from her head-shaving incident a year ago to being carted away in a daze by paramedics earlier this month when she refused to relinquish one of her two young sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline, who has custody of the boys.
Then, early Thursday, Spears was taken from her home yet again by ambulance and escorted to the hospital by more than a dozen police officers on the ground and in the air. A police source said she was taken to the hospital to “get help.”
“Other than me and Britney, no one’s been strapped to a gurney,” said a wide-eyed Love.
Rapper-turned-actor Ice-T, once known for his gangsta scowl, looked to his own mom for advice for Spears.
“My mama used to say, ’You keep using the same ingredients, you’re making the same cake. If you want to make a new cake, you got to change the ingredients,”’ he told People magazine, adding that Spears should “come with a clean slate.”
Fifteen-year-old Cyrus, whose “Hannah Montana” TV show and concerts have sparked a high-pitched tween frenzy similar to Spears in her younger heyday, cited her own family support.
“If I didn’t have them, I’d probably be in the same position” as Spears, Cyrus told “Extra.” “You just got to know who your true friends are and I think for me, that is my mom.”
Tracy Morgan said Spears should plug into a higher power. The “30 Rock” comedian wore a court-ordered bulky alcohol monitoring device on his own ankle for a few months last year.
“Britney needs to pray. She needs to get connected spiritually and she needs to join the real world and leave that artificial stuff alone and go get her kids,” Morgan told People.
Kathy Griffin, who’s forged something of a second career out of taking wiseacre potshots at celebrities, mostly wanted to make over the frequently frazzled-looking singer, known to wear dresses skimming her underwear.
“I’d like her just to wash her hair,” the comedienne cracked to TMZ.com.
Sure, not everyone cares about Spears. TMZ recently caught Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton on video laughing when asked by a reporter about the troubled star.
Republican presidential nominee Mike Huckabee actually did have some advice when questioned about Spears by TMZ — albeit pretty lukewarm.
“I’d tell her to be careful,” he mumbled.