Britney Spears & Charlie Ebersol have broken up after 8 months together


Another one bites the dust! Britney Spears and Charlie Ebersol have broken up after eight months together. Now that they’re over, can I admit that I always though Charlie looked like a budget version of Rob McElhenney? It’s true. Anyway, eight months is actually kind of short in Britney’s world. I think that when a dude signs on to Britney, Inc. as the “official boyfriend,” the contract is usually for a year to start. But Charlie was supposed to be different/better, wasn’t he? He had his own life, his own career, his own stuff going on. Of course Papa Spears still had to monitor the relationship, but this one did seem better. And now it’s done.

Britney’s single, one more time. Britney Spears and her boyfriend of eight months, Charlie Ebersol, have called it quits, Us Weekly exclusively confirms. The pair, who started dating in October 2014, last attended a public event together at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in mid-May.

Spears, 33, deleted all photos of her ex from her Instagram account, though many of her Twitter pics remain. For Valentine’s Day, the son of Saturday Night Live co-creator Dick Ebersol and actress Susan Saint James gifted his former love with a massive cake that read “Charlie [hearts] Britney,” and Spears posted it on Twitter, writing, “Cake war over! Charlie wins!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.”

[From Us Weekly]

Us Weekly was the first to report the breakup, but People Magazine followed quickly, with a “source close to Ebersol” confirming the split. Much like Charlize Theron and Sean Penn, this breakup seems suspiciously sudden. Britney is forever in love with love, the idea of love and the dream of getting remarried and possibly having another baby, I guess. She goes into every relationship thinking that they’ll get married, and she said as much about Charlie a few months ago.

Brit-Brit posted this IG on Sunday. Hm, looks like Papa Spears is going to have to audition a Southern boy for Britney’s new boyfriend.

So nice to be home! Nothing like Louisiana boys

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

Photos courtesy of WENN, Britney’s old Instagrams.

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  1. Esmom says:

    Poor Brit, I think I’ll always have a soft spot for her. And I think I’ll be suspicious of just about any guy she hooks up with. I didn’t trust this one, that’s for sure.

    • Kiddo says:


    • BRE says:

      I agree, the only concern I have is that with each of these dudes she dates she has been having them spend time with her boys.

    • sally says:

      I have a question for the commentors b.c I don’t know much about Britney’s mental state and how her father plays a role. So does he really audition boyfriends? And is Britney in the right mindset to even have a boyfriend and start a family again? From what I read (and I guess may be I take it too seriously?) everyone makes it seem like she acts like a 10 year old child and does not even have the mental capacity to be left alone and do adult things. Or is she just a normal adult woman who is slightly needy?

      • swack says:

        No Britney is not ine the right mindset to have a boyfriend and start a family. She has never truly been without a boyfriend. I agree with other commentors on here that she needs to learn to be single and enjoy it. But who knows if she can or will. I would say this about anyone who jumps from one boyfriend to the next because they can’t handle being alone.

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    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I went to school with two of his elder siblings and got to know Charlie a bit. He is not the typical douchebag spoilt Hollywood rich kid at all. He always struck me as a genuinely kind and thoughtful person, although he could be a prankster.

      It did not surprise me when I read that he was dating Britney. I suspect at first he was a bit intrigued by dating her since she has been a huge star for so long, but I believe he stuck around as long as he did because he truly cared about her. I just do not think he realized all the challenges that come with being Britney’s boyfriend, and I would not be surprised if he broke it off because he felt the relationship was somehow not healthy for her.

      Google ” Ithuteng (Never Stop Learning)” when you get a chance. I saw a rough cut of the film years ago, and he was very passionate about helping those kids and getting that documentary made.

      I hope that he and Britney remain friends at least. She needs some decent guys in her life.

      • holly hobby says:

        Of all her boyfriends, Charlie Ebersol was probably the most reputable one. I mean, really, his folks are Dick Ebersol and Susan St. James! He and his brothers were never in the press (except that tragic plane crash) and they grew up normal.

        I do think he got tired of all the challenges dating Britney entails. That’s too bad.

      • melissa says:

        Except it was a P.R. relationship. And isn’t he gay?

  2. Belle Epoch says:

    The whole relationship seemed peculiar. Britney has a lot of baggage/issues, so you immediately wonder what kind of relationship the guy expects to have. I hope she’s not sad.

  3. Betti says:

    Aww, am sad to hear this. Poor Brit – i always root for her to find someone to settle down with as thats what she has always wanted. Chin up girl- the rest of the world loves you – what you gave us was special as you def had that ‘X’ factor.

  4. Loopy says:

    This poor woman, who is that dude on her IG don’t tell me there is already one in the wings. What is Papa Spears problem, he really needs to give his daughter the benefit of the doubt, does he really think she will go off the rails if she takes some time to be single for herself.

    • swack says:

      I don’t get that either. She really needs to not be in a relationship and get comfortable being by herself. She has her sons to concentrate on and that should take precedence over her constantly having to have a boyfriend.

      • Sabrine says:

        She can’t seem to be more than a few days without hooking up with another one. She must be very insecure not being able to go it on her own for even a short time. If she waited a while and took her time, maybe she’d have a better chance of finding Mr. Right instead of all these Mr. Wrongs. It must be hard on her kids too having this revolving door of men they get attached to, only to have them ripped away never to be seen again.

      • swack says:

        @ Sabrine, totally agree with you. But I wonder how much her father is a part of this. Her having a boyfriend makes her look “normal” (for lack of a better word) given all her issues. My daughter lost her fiance a year and a half ago and has recently begun dating. The one thing she is very adament about (although right now she has only dated two guys) is that the person she is dating is not an intricate part of the kids lives. They meet the guy but she’s very careful as too how much the guy is in their lives because she doesn’t want someone get really involved with the kids and then get ripped out of their lives (they are 6 and 3 and the 6 year old is just realizing what his dad being an angel is).

    • LAK says:

      Are we forgeting that this woman is heavily medicated and under conservatorship?!

      Clearly, she can’t make her own decisions, and having an assembly line of BFs is one of the ways to keep her functioning, even if said BFs are under contract.

      Left to her own devices, that adnan paparazzi fellow is what Brit chooses or she rans away to Vegas to marry her one night stand and or other disasters her father is keeping away from her.

      Left to her own devices, she can’t mother her kids, yet wants to birth more!!!!

      This isn’t a normal situation and Papa Brit is doing the best he can to keep her together and the cash machine ongoing!!

      • Bluebell says:

        Agreed but at the same time it must be hard on her boys. They’re still kind of young to have had several boyfriends come and go. (I don’t agree that she can’t mother her kids though – I always see pap shots of her hanging out with her children and they look very happy together, she clearly adores them).

        Like everyone else here I wish Britney well, we all want her to be happy and I hope one day she does find ‘the one’ like what we’re all looking for ! (well I am at least!)

      • Loopy says:

        @Lak, yes she is heavily medicated and under conservatorship, my heart breaks for her. But surely there are other ways to keep her ‘busy’ besides work and having a never ending stream of boyfriends. I could not imagine my father finding a new guy to keep an eye on me and never given me my own space Theses guys are just glorified minders, some last longer than others ,I am guessing at some point realize how unhealthy the situation has become. Also I don’t know if they will ever let her be ‘free’ at some point surely to test if she can cope on her own, at least some level of independence.

      • Kate says:

        Exactly. It’s not just poor relationship choices either, left to her own devices she was sexually harassing members of her staff. Almost a dozen guys have gone on the record saying she stripped naked in front of them, touched herself, tried to touch them. If her father didn’t keep her occupied with these ‘relationships’ she’d be being sued left and right.

        I think people vastly underestimate how ill she really is. Being under conservatorship is mild. She is severely mentally ill and completely incapable of looking after herself. If she wasn’t Britney she’d most likely be institutionalised or in jail. Having time to be single isn’t going to make her any better, she’s never going to be better. Her choices are basically being the lifeless Zombie Britney we see now, or being the out of control Britney who’s a serious danger to herself and her children. Barring a breakthrough in treating severe mental illness, this is as good as it can possibly get for her.

      • sally says:

        @kate @ lak — I don’t know much about Britney. What kind of mental issues does she have? How in the world does her family allow her to do these shows etc if she’s that bad? My goodness she needs a 3 year vacation.

      • chaine says:

        Adnan 4-EVA! they should have just let her stay with him. he really wasn’t THAT bad.

      • Kiki04 says:

        @Sally, I thought the rumor was that she was bipolar, which can be pretty severe and life-altering. My money would either be on that or some variant of schizophrenia, just along the lines of mental illnesses that can really impact your life and keep you from functioning properly (even with meds)

      • wtf says:


        There have not been a dozen men accusing her of harassment stop spreading lies. There was one shady bodyguard that tried to sue her five years ago and they took care of him. Anybody that’s actually affiliated to her would not refer to her situation in such callous terms so I’m going to point out the obvious that you’re just an overzealous gossip reader and not anyone with actual intimate knowledge about her private life.

    • lamamu says:

      I’ve heard that they keep the conservatorship and the illusion that Brit Brit is unstable because of lawsuits from long ago. Was there a sexual harassment lawsuit? Anyway, if they stick with the conservatorship, etc the other party(s) can’t go after her…because she has mental issues and the court will be sympathetic towards her.

      I don’t know if any of it’s true. Brit Brit’s is one strange world.

      • Snowflake says:

        Yeah, I read that the Las Vegas venue required a conservatorship to be in place for her to perform there

      • Loopy says:

        Yes and unless her medical records are made public, we will never know the extent of her mental issues. People do have break downs and lose their way sometimes, they may get hospitalized and evaluated and sent their way and they are fine again. And sometimes people get their break downs taken more seriously as a long term condition and are plied with medication for a long period of time till I am sure their behavior is altered. Hey I am no doctor so, I just hope Brit will be able to come out of this at some point in her life. Her eyes scream like she is trapped and waiting to break free.

  5. loud noises says:

    noooo i actually liked this one! he was from a wealthy family who had his own connections, so he didn’t seem to be using her like all her other men. ugh that poor girl.

    • Kiddo says:

      I never heard of him before. It’s not always about money, but attention.

      • Syko says:

        His mom is Susan St. James, who starred in “McMillan and Wife”.

      • Kiddo says:

        Brit wasn’t dating his mom, though.

      • loud noises says:

        true, he’s not famous famous. but his parents are pretty well connected: his dad practically runs NBC. and for while he was with britney he dind’t seem too particuarly attention thirsty, which is what leads me to believe that he actually probably cared for her as opposed to using for for anything: fame, money etc.. but i mean i’m just speculating. with how kinda crazy her family is, maybe he’s running away from the whole britney machine.

      • Syko says:

        Didn’t mean to imply she was. Only giving some information for those who don’t know who he is.

      • Kiddo says:

        My comment wasn’t in the tone of snotty, so apologies if it came across that way.
        I am just used to the ‘users’ who latch onto Brit to propel their own agendas. Maybe he really did care, or maybe it was all based on attraction and lust that ran its course. I have no way of knowing.

      • loud noises says:

        @kiddo @syko totally didn’t come across as snotty or anything at all! i didn’t mean to imply you were, or be snotty myself! sorry if i came across that way.

  6. Dyan says:

    I grew up listening to Britney, and will always have a soft spot for her. I really hope the media leave her alone. She’s has been through a lot and I hope that one day she finds what she’s looking for.

    Also, Britney back in the day was something special.

  7. Cara says:

    I sooooo hope I am still alive when the truly story on Britney finally comes out. Few stories out there seem so sordid and sad. For a conservatorship to stay in place this long seems incredible, considering she is still working/ entering relationships/ seeing her kids. I don’t know…it’s just very bizarre. She lives like a circus animal.

    • Betti says:

      It is so sad that the conservatorship has lasted this long and seems to be permanent. Its rare for this to happen and indicates that she never really recovered from her breakdown and will have life long mental health issues. She’ll be getting all the support/help she needs and best treatment money can buy and I think her father is doing the best job he can. I’m no mental health expert but the fact that she is working must be a good thing as it helps her focus and keeps her active, stopping her from falling into depression.

      I will always root for her.

      • Yoohoo says:

        Britney herself wants the conservatorship to continue. She has said so in court a few times when it’s been up for renewal or however that works. I think she likes not having to make the hard decisions. I bet its better for her to show up and sing and stay out of the business side. Her dad is obviously really good at managing her career. Having her dad run things makes her seem more stable overall too which helps her get more contracts I’m sure. It seems to be working for everyone.

      • loud noises says:

        it’s totally crazy the conservatorship has lasted well into her adulthood, but other gossip sites have point out that her family depend on her so much financially they can’t really have her give up on her music making machine – whereas all she wants to do is raise her kids. so on one hand, she’s half sedated to keep her going, and on the other hand, if you’re being pressured to support yoru entire family it doesn’t really give you the space to fully recover, especially if the family is entangled with your mental health (eg part of the causes). so she might get help from shrinks, but if she can’t escape certain demands that cause her to be crazy anyway, well you can only recover so much…

      • Dirty Martini says:

        I don’t know how much I buy that the family keeps her going soley for the ka-ching. They aren’t the Kardashians for goodness sake. They actually live relatively low key lives and don’t appear to be all about the money. They supported her career early on, sure. But they have enough to live on comfortably — not over the top lavishly but comfortably — for the rest of their lives and they seem OK with that.

        Her parents saved her at her darkest hour and did really well by her. I also learned to respect KFed in that aspect as well. (Who would ever have predicted that one?)

        I think they help support her in keeping a lower key career going because they believe the discipline is good for her, the obligations help keep her focused on something healthy, and reduces her time to delve into areas that aren’t healthy for her. And yes, having some income isn’t without its advantages either.

        But I truly believe it is more for the mental health benefits. They aren’t pushing her like a plow.

      • Katy says:

        I agree with you Dirty Martini – I think her family wants to do the best thing for her, and for Britney to do something that is almost 2nd nature is probably a very healthy thing for her. Her parents have never seemed about the money to me. They are not Hollywood famewhores and you don’t hear about them living lavishly on Brit’s money. And I have to say I am really proud of the way KFed has handled this whole thing. He has stepped up and I’ve never heard of him saying a negative thing about her. That has truly shocked me in a good way!

  8. Jess says:

    I feel so sad for Britney sometimes, I hope she’s happy with the way her life is now, but the fact that the conservatorship is still in place is very telling. Every time I see stories on her I get this creepy urge to be her friend, lol, but I feel like she doesn’t have real friends and I just want to put her in my little circle of girlfriends and protect her from the people who want to take advantage of her.

  9. bette says:

    Blind Gossip had an item pointing to these two where it was implied that while Ebersol liked her, she just wasn’t much in the brains dept, and was no match for him for a long term relationship

    • Sabrine says:

      Ouch! That’s cruel, but unfortunately, it does make sense.

    • Tig says:

      The blind item’s language is a bit harsh, but a long term relationship with B would be challenging to say the least. I really hope her shows are the stabilizing influence they seem to be, and not keeping the cash cow tied up in the barn!

      • QQ says:

        Oh Id believe this for SEVERAL reasons:

        Even in her heyday Britney never seemed to have mich going upstairs, Imagine this combined with meds

        Also he must have liked her cause everyone by now knows the circus and the constraints of dating her, its a very controlled situation

        What I question in terms of her self sufficiency and global good mental health besides the still putting her oit there to perform is : WHY instead of installing another puppet regime bf no one invests time and effort in tea hing/training her to be alone, to manage her affairs little by little, test things out etc?

      • Kitten says:

        “Even in her heyday Britney never seemed to have mich going upstairs, Imagine this combined with meds”

        Yeah I agree with all the comments here. She seems like a genuinely sweet person, but not the brightest bulb.

      • littlestar says:

        I saw her show in Vegas in May, and I do have to say that she truly seemed to be enjoying herself performing. It wasn’t just an act for the audience, she was really happy on stage.

  10. maryb says:

    This young man had an awful tragedy in his life. He was with his father and brother when the plane they were traveling in crashed. The brother died and Charlie pulled his father to safety. They both suffered serious injuries.

  11. LAK says:

    Guess the contract is up.

    These contracts are getting shorter and shorter…..

  12. serena says:

    I can’t stand men with beard anymore, they all just seems kind of gross to me. I wonder why..
    On another note, Brit looks amazing, she’s in such a good shape!!

    • Mila says:

      We have reached Peak Beard, thats why.

    • Kitten says:

      We reached Peak Beard a year and a half ago.
      I am so effin tired of feeling like I’m in an episode of Game of Thrones.

      I’ll take my BF with his 5 o’clock shadow over a bearded dude any day of the week.

  13. Cran says:

    I think Britney has serious issues & the life she has is the best she will have. I believe that performing is what is in her heart but she is not stable enough to exist without the conservatorship in place. The Las Vegas gig allows for access to her sons without excessive disruption to their daily routine, Britney to do what she loves and provides stability in her own life. I’ve never believed it has been about making a buck. It appears her dad has been instrumental in increasing her net worth without taking advantage.

    I may be wrong but I thought that Kevin has physical custody of the children. He has always been generous about the time they spend with her and I don’t believe it is about money.

    I believe her dad has a plan in place for when he is unable to care for her and the boys and he is ensuring she has the financials in place.

    Sadly, I never feel these ‘relationships’ she has will ever work. Whatever her issues are her life is soooo tightly controlled. She seems happiest when she is with her sons, home in Louisiana or with her current vetted boyfriend. Her father is not going to pass on the conservatorship to just anyone.

    Britney seems genuinely sweet but there is a lot to take on and her wealth and fame attracts the wrong men.

    • notsoanonymous says:

      I’m pretty sure Kevin does have physical custody but gives her a lot of time with them.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I have always been a big Britney fan but it seems obvious she is very mentally ill or the conservatorship would not last this long. She’s not just bi-polar – it must be something much more serious.

    So we have to remember that none of these “romances” are real. They are paid escorts her father hires to keep her happy. It’s really sick when you think about it because he’s basically paying them to have sex with his daughter.

    I just wish he’d let Britney retire because she never looks very happy. Poor thing :-(

    • FingerBinger says:

      Bipolar is a serious illness. What could be more serious?

      • Dirty Martini says:

        Bi polar is a serious illness but it doesn’t require conservatorship if it is diagnosed and well managed. My step son in law is bi-polar, and the breaking point that led to the diagnosis was a very scary time. But he focused on in treatment, got the right medication balance to control, and takes really good care of himself and recognizes his triggers and makes adjustments accordingly. He lives a happy, productive, life as a fully functioning adult without conservatorship or others making decisions for him.

  15. Cris says:

    I always though Charlie Ebersol was way over her head. She likes the dumb ones from no where. He has a great family and seems to really have his life together.

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  17. Murphy says:

    Jamie please just put her out to pasture.

  18. Rockin Robin says:

    I love Brit. I just want her to find her life partner and fade away into bumpkinland.

  19. Colette says:

    So I wonder why the all knowing tabloids didn’t know until now that they were having problems.I guess the insiders,pals and sources didn’t call the tabloids.

  20. Mari says:

    I think Britney is emotionally stunted. Sort of in the same way MJ was. She hasn’t grown up past the age of 18 or so. If she seemingly shows signs of maturity, it is a carefully calculated move by Papa Spears and PR team. While I agree the introduction of such a massive level of fame at such a young age is a huge factor, an underlying factor of severe mental illness has inhibited her from developing properly. I’m not sure she will ever be capable of making responsible and sensible decisions for herself. It’s just sad all-around.

  21. Tacos and TV says:

    I like Britney Spears… something about her breaks my heart, but I do like her and I’d love for her to be happy and find a great guy who is sweet and loves her.

  22. JenniferJustice says:

    This was called out in the blinds a week or two ago. Supposedly he’s telling friends she’s too ditzy. I don’t blame him. Pretty and nice only go so far. If you can’t have an intelligent converstation as adults, any physical attraction dies quickly. I have a soft spot for Brittney too, but again. let’s be honest, without the fake nails, fake teeth, fake boobs, fake hair, etc. is she really all that attractive? They hide her receding hairline with long bangs and certain “dos” and half the time her nails are bit down to the half moons. I don’t know many guys who could focus solely on the fake boobs when climbing into bed with her. Reminds me of that episode of Fresh Prince. I’m dating myself.

  23. Katrina says:

    I get the feeling that Kevin does all the heavy lifting with the kids. I think Britney sees them often, but she is the “fun mom” to play around with and then they return home to their routine. I don’t think she’s making any decisions regarding the boys.

  24. aurelia says:

    I remember going down a rabbit hole on you tube, as you do, and watching the making of that bit bit music video where it says Better Werk! What’s it called. Its britney bitch. Anyhoo, the art director tells bit bit she’s going to be standing on the stage thingie at the back and the pool in front will have some live sharks in it. Ok, maybe not great whites but still. Bit bit nods and says ok cool. I guess she is totally used to doing whatever it takes to get the shot. No questions asked. Even if safety is dubious. Papa spears overs and takes this director dude aside and says ” look guy, nobody is putting my baby anywhere near sharks. If you want them you add them in later”. Something like that. So this is why bit bit needs somebody watching her back – conservatorship. The direct had to do what jamie said. He’s the last word.