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Britney talks to Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot

What’s it like to be Britney Spears?

I’m in denial that I am a celebrity sometimes. My wish is to be private, deep inside, which I am, I believe. Fame is way too much for me, as it’s really hard to grasp its size. When you’re young and in the beginning of your career, it’s understandable when you’ve just stepped into this world. But when you grow up and you look at the industry, you’re like ‘huh? that’s crazy.’ I have moments where I just want to dress up like a normal person and walk in the street. It goes through my mind a lot.

If you could give the 16-year-old Britney one piece of advice, what would it be?

Simply – enjoy the moment. That’s something that’s really hard to understand when you’ve started young in this business.

And that’s something you didn’t do.

Not really. I think I had fun when I was younger. I was a pretty normal girl, a tomboy. But my 20’s were awful. My 30’s are much better for me. I’ve know myself better.

What did you do wrong in your 20’s?

I think I should have given myself more breaks through my career and taken responsibility for my mental health. There were many decisions that were made for me and that I didn’t make myself.

You were “Overprotected”…

Something like that. My life was controlled by many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself. In that situation, when you’re not in control, the excitement fades and there’s less passion when it comes to music. I wrote that I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself, back then. I was trying to please everyone around me because that is who I am deep inside. There are moments where I look back and think ‘What the hell was I thinking?’

Like the snake in the “Slave” VMA performance? 

That was pretty scary. Stupid even. I wouldn’t do that again.

When were you the toughest on yourself?

The more exact question is when am I not?

In one of the more memorable moments of your career, you were seen driving with baby Sean on your lap, which turned into world news. You then blamed the paparazzi and confessed that you were very stressed.

Those were the toughest years. I think the paparazzi took the pressure away when I didn’t leave my house for two years.

I asked her if that was her biggest crisis in life, and she replies:
Crisis is a strong word.

Each and every one of us that starts at a young age in the industry has to take into account that you’ve got to have balance in order to stay in it and to manage your personal life. Sometimes that’s very challenging. I think I was very different back then, when I was younger, not always knowing what was good or bad. I was very instinctive. Today I’m at a better place in my life. My kids have shaped my personality and fulfilled me. They’ve made me forget about what was happening to me.

If you could be unknown for a day and not have the paparazzi around, where would you go and what would you do?

If I answer honestly, people would know where to find me. I’ll just tell you that my last Google search was ‘cool beaches to take kids to.’

Is it harder for you in the pop industry that includes names like Beyonce, Rihanna and Taylor Swift?

I don’t see it how you see it, in terms of competition between singers. I think we need to support each other from a place of female empowerment. 

Is it harder for you to create hits compared to when you started?

The musical world is just much more accessible to everyone.

And here she is today, right after her ninth studio album ‘Glory’ that came out last year and sent her touring. On July 3rd she’ll arrive in Tel Aviv for a concert at Hayarkon Park that is expected to host 50,000 people.
I’m very excited to visit Israel for the first time.

And you were not asked to avoid coming by a political group or singer asked you not to come?
I only heard good things about Israel actually.

Our readers chose “Oops!.. I Did It Again,” “…Baby One More Time” and “Born To Make You Happy” as your best hits, do you agree?

I love those songs but I have a few other favourites. And I don’t get tired of any of my songs!

After you lose 3 kg, what’s your guilty pleasure?

It changes, but it’s usually Sunday chocolate.

Not bad. By the way, in Carpool Karaoke you said you were over men. Is that true?

Now that was a joke!

Britney’s letter to the LGBTQ community


This is my letter of love to all my LGBTQ fans. Continuously throughout my career, you’ve always been so vocal about what a positive impact I’ve had on you — that I’ve instilled joy, hope and love in you at times when there was none. That my music is an inspiration. That my story gives you hope.

But I have a secret to share with you. You see, it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. the lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy and make me and my sons strive to be better people.

I love you.
Britney

 

Britney adds more dates to tour

Britney has continued to add to her summer tour, playing in Taipei in Taiwan on 13th June at the Nangang Exhibition Centre.

 

Britney to play in Thailand

In addition to her Israel, Philippines and Japan dates, Britney will play in Thailand this year:

Julia Michaels talks about working with Britney

Julia Michaels has spoken to ‘V’ Magazine about working with Britney, as part of the promotion for her new single, “Issues.”

“Britney is phenomenal. I don’t think people realize how talented she is. She would come in, we would play some chords, and she’d sing the best pop melodies, because they’re so ingrained in her brain at this point, and come up with the concept, sit down with us and make sure the lyrics sounded perfect to the concept, and she’d be like, ‘Cool, I’m gonna go!’ And I was like, ‘Cool! See you later, Britney!’ – she’s the best!”

Piece of Me final dates announced

As reported yesterday, Britney’s record-breaking Las Vegas residency is coming to a close. Britney will return to the AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for her final performances from 3rd September to 31st December 2017. Tickets go on sale this week.

Larry Rudolph confirms Piece of Me is ending

Britney Spears is ending her Piece of Me residency at Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood on 31st December, as her contract with Caesars Entertainment expires, her manager Larry Rudolph said today.

Rudolph said her next venue “could be conceivably anywhere, we could have it at the needle on the top of the Stratosphere, and do the bungee jump afterward.”

“We are done with this show, and our next move is undecided. We are still talking with Caesars Entertainment and other interested parties in Las Vegas.”

But that does not mean Brit is finished in Vegas; other venues, including The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Park Theater and The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel are all in play.

“Anything is possible. We have made zero decisions. We expect a lot of interest from all parties. Britney basically sells out every show, and she loves Las Vegas, she loves performing in Vegas, and Vegas is a possibility going forward.

“She might tour, she might work on a new album. It’s too early to talk specifics about anything.”

Israel’s Labour Party postpones election due to Britney concert

The Labour Party Israel has rescheduled one of their party elections because it clashes with Britney’s concert in Tel Aviv. Britney is performing in Hayarkon Park, for the first time ever in Israel, on 3rd July; the event has been deemed so important that the Labour Party, which was due to vote for its new leader on that day, has ended up changing the date.

A party spokesperson told the Times of Israel that, because of the concert, there had been ‘a difficulty in recruiting security guards’ for the election and that moving the date of the primaries would ‘make it easier for people to reach polling stations’. Their statement said: ‘The election date was delayed by one day due to the fact that there is a major event at Hayarkon Park on July 3, 2017.’

Britney adds Japan to tour dates

Britney will play three shows in Japan this June, tickets go on sale on 7th May.

Britney Spears announces Manila concert

Britney Spears is coming to Manila as part of her up-coming summer tour on 15th June.

Britney’s show will be at the Mall of Asia Arena, with tickets to the show going on sale from 5th April at 10am through SMTickets.com. The show will be presented by local clothing brand Bench and concert organizer Wilbros Live. This will be the first time Spears will be visiting the Philippines.