Britney Spears and Ken Paves
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Before her now-notorious performance
at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas, Britney Spears
had a spat with celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue, on newsstands Friday.
Weeks before the awards show, "Britney had requested his two female assistants [to do her extensions] since she prefers women around her," and was disappointed when Paves himself arrived, says a Spears source. The stylist soon left, taking his hair with him.
"He bailed," says the source. Says Paves's rep: "Ken made the professional decision not to do her hair for the VMAs."
That wasn't Spears's only problem – there was also a wardrobe flap. An MTV rep says costumers picked out a form-flattering corset for her to wear, but Spears chose a bikini instead.
For more on Britney's disastrous comeback performance, her early plans for the show, and her label's plans for her upcoming album, pick up this week's PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Reporting by MARY MARGARET