Britney Spears may not be confining her comeback to the stage. The "Gimme More" purveyor is apparently at work on her personal life, too.
E! News has learned that Spears, 27, has been secretly on dates with her longtime talent agent, Jason Trawick.
Trawick, 37, a William Morris Agency rep, recently joined Spears for the first four shows of her Circus tour, but we have learned that the two recently have grown much closer away from the workplace.
Trawick declined to comment and referred our request to Spears rep, who has given no official comment on any extracurricular relationship. Trawick's WMA assistant would only confirm that Trawick had been traveling with Spears on her Circus tour and is now back in L.A.
A Spears insider, meanwhile, insists that the singer and the agent strictly have a "close professional relationship" and that's it, calling it "ridiculous" to suggest the pair is anything close to "romantic."
But another well-placed source tells E! News that Trawick's talent agency bosses are OK with his tight bond with his client and, in fact, "They joke about it."
Trawick has been Spears' agent for about five years and also represents Hilary Duff, Taylor Swift and Paris Hilton.
Trawick was spotted with Spears and her sons on March 1 in Louisiana, riding around in a golf cart right before she began her tour. The four were wearing sweatshirts, and Trawick was holding Sean Preston while Britney drove, holding Jayden James.
In May 2008, Trawick jetted down to Costa Rica with Spears to Mel Gibson's retreat, sparking romance rumors that were never confirmed. The two were seen smiling and laughing as they boogie-boarded in the surf. Spears wore nothing more than a bikini and rode around on the back of an ATV with her arms firmly planted on Trawick's waist.
They were then photographed together May 23 at Christian Audigier's 50th birthday party at L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum.
Trawick has been credited with helping Spears reunite with her parents, manager Larry Rudolph, and landing her comeback role on How I Met Your Mother.
Perhaps most important, Britney's conservator approves.
Says a Spears family confidante: "Jason is one of the few people who Jamie Spears trusts."
—Additional Claudia Rosenbaum