has ended her brief romance with her former housekeeper, it has been claimed.
The Toxic singer, 41, has had a rollercoaster few weeks after her estranged husband, ,.
Following their split, , who remained coy over the growing speculation surrounding their relationship.
However, while the handyman – who was recently in court for allegedly violating his probation – refused to put a label on their bond, an insider has since claimed that they are ‘not dating’, insisting that the mom-of-two is single.
‘They had a short fling after Sam left but that was it,’ the source said. ‘Britney hooked up with him twice and, at the time, [she] did not know about his criminal past. She no longer has any communication with him.’
According to reports, the 37-year-old has spent time in prison, and was previously charged with disturbing the peace and child endangerment, as well as felonies including possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm.
The insider claimed that Britney’s team didn’t do a ‘proper background check’ before hiring Paul to do jobs around the house, and his employment reportedly ended when the information was uncovered.
‘Britney is not dating anyone right now,’ they added to . ‘When she does date again, it is sure as hell not going to be a freeloader and it is not going to be anyone who needs anything from her other than her time.’
The Baby One More Time , but was pictured with Paul many times over the last few weeks.
Us Weekly reports that he was hired to do maintenance around her home, but was ‘terminated’ after two months.
Speaking to the outlet, he was questioned on whether he was in a relationship with Britney, and replied: ‘You’ll have to speak to her. I don’t want to get myself in trouble.’
He explained that he was ‘not at liberty to discuss anything’ but hailed the star as a ‘phenomenal woman’ and ‘a good person.’
Paul vowed that he was ‘not a bad dude, I understand some things have been said about me in the past that I have a criminal record, that I did it. I own my own business, I’m a licensed contractor.’
Metro.co.uk has contacted Britney’s reps for a comment.