Britney Spears has been released from hospital.

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The troubled singer – who was taken to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center strapped to a stretcher on Thursday night (03.01.08) – left the medical facility on Saturday (05.01.08) shortly after being visited by daytime US talk show host ‘Dr. Phil’ McGraw.

McGraw said: “She was released moments before my arrival and was packing when I entered the room. I visited her for around an hour before I walked with her to her car. I am very concerned for her.”

The TV star – who attempts to help people with psychologically problems on his hugely popular programme – also revealed he was convinced Britney, 26, was in “dire need of both medical and psychological intervention”.

The ‘Toxic’ singer was taken to hospital following a three-hour stand-off with police which began at 8pm on Thursday after she refused to return her sons, two-year-old Sean Preston and one-year-old Jayden James, to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

When officers arrived at the residence they found Britney to be “under the influence of an unknown substance”.

The hospital has so far refused to reveal why the pop star was admitted, citing patient confidentiality.

Following the incident, Kevin has been awarded sole custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James.

Court commissioner Scott Gordon made the ruling on Friday (04.01.08), suspending all of Britney’s visitation rights.

Kevin previously had temporary custody of the children. Another hearing has been set for 14 January.