It’s her prerogative! After several decades in the business, Britney Spears is ready to look back on her illustrious career with a critical eye. In a new interview with UK’s The Telegraph, Spears, now 32, opens up about some of her past successes and failures in both love and music — not to mention film and reality TV.
One of her greatest regrets was her five-episode 2005 reality show with then-husband Kevin Federline, Britney and Kevin: Chaotic.
“I would never do something like that again,” she revealed. “Actually, that was really bad. That was probably the worst thing I’ve done in my career.”
But when the interviewer questioned her about her 2002 coming-of-age film, Crossroads, the pop star quickly quipped, “I like Crossroads! F— you!”
When it comes to real life, some of Spears’ greatest regrets revolve around the painful relationships she’s gone through. At the beginning of this year, she split with fiancé Jason Trawick after three years together.
“There are a lot of songs about heartbreak I can relate to because of the break-up I went through this year,” she explained. “When you go through heartbreak, you just do the things that get you by. Eventually you realize it’s about making the most of life. Even on the album when it talks about having a good time with friends and family, it’s because these are the things that make you happy and get you through heartbreak.”
One of the Grammy winner’s most public romances was with fellow Mouseketeer Justin Timberlake. And though their 2002 split was incredibly painful for Spears (she broke down sobbing in an interview with Diane Sawyer), she does remember the good times — notably the 2001 American Music Awards where she and Timberlake walked the red carpet in matching denim outfits.
“It was a pretty carefree time,” she said. “We were just, like, ‘We look great, let’s go!’ I have great memories of that time: there were a lot of rehearsals, but there was also a lot of clubbing and a lot of dancing. I still think the best night of my life was when I was 22 years old. It was New Year’s Eve, and in Hawaii.”
Since then (and following her 2007 umbrella-filled meltdown), Spears’ life has been under some intense judgement and critique from fans and critics alike.
“The increased scrutiny does make me a little harder on myself these days,” she admitted. “There are more expectations of me now, not just in terms of what I do, but also in terms of who I am.”
But the superstar has managed to find love again, this time with Virginia native David Lucado.
“You put yourself through it again and again,” she said. “But each time love takes you over. It feels different every time for me. Every guy who I’ve been with, it’s been a different kind of love. And right now, I’m having a magical love.”
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