After suffering an emotional breakdown, the singer went "willingly," will remain there for 72 hours

By People Staff
January 31, 2008 11:00 AM

On Thursday morning around 1 a.m., Pacific Time, troubled pop star Britney Spears was taken by ambulance from her home to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“She went willingly. It was like something in her heart was telling her she should go. She knew something was wrong,” the 26-year-old singer’s friend Sam Lutfi revealed to Lutfi and Spears’ friend Alli Sims were at the mansion when the police and fire department arrived. Once the singer was hospitalized, various websites reported that the she had tried to kill herself, but Lutfi and Sims denied the suicide rumors.

According to a source close to the Spears family, “She was driving around her neighborhood like a mad-woman. Britney has been prescribed medication which she refuses to take. This is just another sad, sad evening.”

Earlier this month, the “Gimme More” singer was hospitalized for a mental evaluation when she refused to hand over her youngest son, 1-year-old Jayden James, to a court representative in charge of transporting the child to her ex Kevin Federline.

This time around, Spears will have to spend 72 hours in the hospital, where she’ll receive the proper treatment and undergo a psychological exam. Her dad Jamie, mother Lynne and paparazzo boyfriend Adnan Ghalib are staying close to support her in her time of need.