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A New Day for Smitten Britney Spears?

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Apr 04, 2007 | 10:39am EDT

Britney Spears has fallen for another musical bad boy and is now dating singer/songwriter Howie Day after meeting him in rehab.

The "Toxic" singer is planning to go public with her latest romance this summer when she takes Day, who is still in rehab, to her cousin Erin's wedding.

The couple met at Malibu, California's Promises rehab facility during Spears' recent month-long stay.

The pop star has told close pals that she's smitten with her new beau, who hit the headlines following recent arrests on charges of disorderly conduct and allegedly verbally abusing a flight crew, while under the influence.

One Spears confidante tells Life & Style magazine, "Britney just lights up...when she talks to Howie or tells people about him. She thinks he's very talented and says he's the best kisser."

The couple was photographed playing tennis together at Promises on March 15, and Spears has been texting love notes to Day since she left the facility at the end of last month.

The pals reveals, "They formed a special bond. They were in group therapy together and Brit found his experiences fascinating.

"They would talk in their free time and try to have lunch together twice a week."

The couple plans to reunite when Day is released from Promises later this month.

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