It’s here! You’ve been waiting weeks for a sneak peak at Britney’s Rolling Stone cover and here it is! I love it… simple, smiley and sexy. Check out these excepts from Britney’s interview with the mag, out this week.
* On turning 27: “I feel like an old person now, I do! I go to bed at, like, 9:30 every night, and I don’t go out or anything.”
* On dating: “Right when we got there, we just knew it was just bad,” Spears says. “He looked like an older version of Harry Potter, but skinnier. … So I had to get dessert first. And the other date I had, the guy was really, really tall and a lot older. … We’re trying to ask him questions, like, ‘OK, you’re into martial arts, so what kind of martial arts are you into?’ And he was like, ‘Oh, all kinds.’ … But you know how silly we are, so we were just cracking up.”
* On the boys: “Every time they come to visit me, I think about how they’re such special people,” she says.
There’s an understanding among those who know Britney well: When she’s blond, she’s happy. When she’s brunette, she’s sad. When she’s pink, she’s crazy. Her hair was back to glowing and golden this fall, when she spent her time diligently shuttling back and forth from her Beverly Hills mansion to dance rehearsals and video shoots and recording studios, in preparation for her new album, Circus. It was a complete transformation, following a year in which she spent a month in rehab, endured a brutal custody battle with her ex-husband Kevin Federline and careened toward a massive — and very public — meltdown that culminated in two involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations in January.
“I feel like an old person now,” she says one afternoon, as a manicurist applies rhinestones and girly pink lacquer to her chewed-up nails. “I do! I go to bed at, like, 9:30 every night, and I don’t go out or anything, you know what I mean? I just feel like an old fart.”
The beauty rest has done her well: In a Hollywood recording studio in September, dressed in black jeans, platform heels and a bedazzled hoodie, Spears looks more like her former self than she has in years. She has makeup on, but it’s faded just enough that it could be yesterday’s. She says she’s considering lopping off the weave she’s worn since shaving her head in 2007, and when she counts up her tattoos — “Seven! Oh, my God, y’all!” — she falls back into the couch giggling, kicking her feet in the air.
Spears has always been like this: silly, sweet, humble. She has never been very articulate, but she always tries to be accommodating. Tonight, she’s listening to mixes and finishing work on a track called “Lace and Leather.” When I ask how she knows if a song is going to be a hit, she says, “You just hear it, and you’re like, oh, my God, if somebody else takes this song, you’re gonna kill yourself, you know what I mean? Like, this one I’m doing tonight, I think it’s good, and it’s, like, really quirky and different and girly.”
“A little naughty,” says her manager, Larry Rudolph, 45, sitting nearby in a T-shirt and jeans.
“A little naugh-tay,” Spears agrees, sounding half-embarrassed.
There are differences in Britney, too, from the last time I saw her, in 2006, when we hung out in her New York hotel room watching American Idol while her son Sean Preston crawled around on the bed nearby. She is shyer, more guarded, remote — like the old Britney but with the volume turned way down.
She’s Looking, “Oh So Fabulous!!”
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