Britney and Mel: Jet-Setting BFFs?

Two of Hollywood's biggest train wrecks just fled town -- together.

Britney Spears and Mel Gibson are going on a Costa Rica vacation, according to "Entertainment Tonight." Their private plane left Los Angeles Thursday morning. They'll stay at Gibson's Costa Rica home and return next week. Spears' father, Jamie, is also tagging along.

This isn't the first time the problematic pop star and actor/director have hung out. In March, paparazzi spotted them dining together at the L.A. Russian restaurant Romanov. According to People magazine, Gibson, Spears and their families met many times after she was hospitalized in February. They were also neighbors when Spears lived in Malibu.

After months of hospital stints, bizarre breakdowns and skipped court dates, Spears has cleaned up her act over the past few weeks. She scored two guest spots on the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," returned to the recording studio and showed up for a child custody hearing where she won expanded visitation rights with her two sons. 

Gibson has kept a low profile since his July 2006 DUI arrest, in which he screamed anti-Semitic slurs at a cop. The "Passion of the Christ" director later apologized for his "despicable" behavior and said the slurs were "blurted out in a moment of insanity." He's still on probation from the sentence stemming from that arrest.

Sheila Marikar

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