Britney Spears Mourns Loss of Beloved Grandfather (EXCLUSIVE)

Britney Spears rang in the New Year on a sad note — her beloved grandfather passed away just days before the holidays, the pop star’s uncle has confirmed to Celebuzz.

“She was here for the funeral with Jason and both the little boys,” Allen Stewart said of Spears’ fiance  Jason Trawick and her sons Sean Preston, 7, and Jayden James, 6.

“Paw-Paw” June Spears Sr., 82, died on December 16 after a long battle with cancer, and Stewart says Britney’s sadness was evident at the Louisiana services.

“Everyone was upset and crying,” said Stewart, who’s married to the “Piece of Me” singer’s aunt Jeanine Spears Stewart. “We all hugged each other. She was very upset about her Paw-Paw and spent Christmas at her mom’s nearby. We will all miss him, but he’s in a better place.”

Despite Britney’s enormous popularity — most recently, she made headlines by walking away from her job as a judge on The X Factor — Stewart says the family doesn’t pay much attention to her life in the Hollywood spotlight.

“We love Britney,” he said. “We don’t care about how much money she makes or if she’s on TV. She’s a beautiful person, and having her around with the kids is good enough, especially when the kids can meet their cousins and nephews. It’s about having family in your life. It’s about getting together and seeing one another.

“She and Jason were here a couple years ago for Thanksgiving. It’s country living, and they played on our tractor. It was great. It’s God’s country.”

Stewart even said he wouldn’t trade places with his multimillionaire niece: “To me, if I had her popularity, fame, wealth, I’d be trying to get out of the fast lane and out of city life. She’s just under so much pressure.”

No doubt helping Britney navigate the choppy waters of Tinseltown: Trawick, who has already gotten a thumbs-up from Stewart.

“I like Jason. He’s very down-to-earth,” he said. And Brit’s uncle adds Trawick is a far cry from Kevin Federline, who was married to Britney from 2004 to 2007.

“Kevin was very different to me,” Stewart said. “He was into music and dancing. Jason is business-related, but he wouldn’t put his business before anything.”

Stewart isn’t the only one who gave a stamp of approval to Trawick.

“[Grandpa] June liked him [Jason] a lot too. She [Britney] had his blessing,” he added. “I think he’s really good for Britney. I read everything about what happened and don’t believe everything I read, but the track she was on four or five years ago, she’s gotten so much better since being with him.

“We hope she found the right guy.”

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