Britney Talks GaGa, Rihanna, Madonna & More In Harper’s Bazaar

Published: Monday 16th May 2011 by Sam

As earlier reported, Britney Spears features in the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

True to from, though, the studio singer’s feature boasts little more than pre-approved questions and answers, providing little insight into her world nor personality. Indeed, at this stage, one has to wonder if its actually Spears or her publicist taking part in these promotional spots. Sigh.

In any case, there are a few fruitful tidbits in the piece – including Spears’ thoughts on chart rivals Lady GaGa and Rihanna, well as her special relationship with Madonna.

Peep more pics and the full interview below…


She’s not yet 30, but the pop icon has lived a life and a half in public. Now, with a new hit album and world tour, the beat goes on.

Britney Spears is on the phone from rehearsals in Los Angeles, where she is busy singing, dancing, and “It’s Britney, bitch”-ing in preparation for her summer tour. She sounds energized and positive, occasionally flashing a wry sense of humor that those who see her only on TV and in the tabloids never glimpse.

Professionally, Britney has a lot to feel good about : Her new album, Femme Fatale, is receiving the best reviews of her almost-20-year career. “I’ve worked so hard on this album, so it’s really refreshing,” she says. “I feel like I’m drinking a tall glass of homemade sweet tea on a really hot, beautiful day.”

LAURA BROWN: What has been your best fashion look?

BRITNEY SPEARS: I went to the Grammys in 2002, and I had really curly, curly hair. I had a red dress on. It wasn’t short and saucy; it was a long red dress. That dress was fun.

LB: What was your biggest fashion mistake?

BS: Ten years ago at the Billboard awards, I wore this orange hat and orange bra and orange booty pants and purple fishnets. Oh, and I had an orange jacket on.

LB: Was it Halloween?

BS [laughs]: No, it wasn’t Halloween. I actually thought I looked hot at the time. But, um, I definitely stood out. I thought it was just a marvelous idea to wear this purple and orange outfit; it was like high school colors. I was a cheerleader for a school I didn’t know. People were talking about it, but not in a good way.

LB: Your hair is looking long and lustrous. Are you whipping it back and forth?

BS: Yeah, I love ponytails. I’m a wash-and-go girl. But, oh yeah, I like to whip it.

LB: Are you enjoying dancing again?

BS: I love to dance, so it’s very exciting. The tour rehearsals have been going really well. I think it will be my best show yet.

LB: Will you pull out any giant snakes?

BS: Ha, we’ll see about that. Hopefully, I won’t be in the wilderness onstage.

LB: What songs get you moving?

BS: I love “S&M” and “Only Girl” by Rihanna; that’s why I jumped on the “S&M” remix. She’s really cool. I like her a lot.

LB: Everybody has Bieber fever. Have you met Justin? Would you ever want to work with him?

BS: I think he’s adorable. I just saw his movie, and I really didn’t realize how big he was. He’s enormous; he’s just Mr. Man. A lot of the movie is really similar to what I did when I was starting out. I did a promo tour for a year, going into radio stations and all that. It was so cool to see our similarities.

LB: “It’s Britney, bitch” is classic, but you say you’re less bitchy than impatient. What makes you impatient?

BS: When things take a long time, I just get really stubborn. When I know that things are supposed to go a certain way [laughs] and when it’s my time of the month.

LB: What makes you laugh uncontrollably?

BS: Usually when people trip or fall or run into something. Not to be mean, but I can’t help it. If they really hurt themselves, then I feel bad, but if they accidentally do it and they stand up and act cool like nobody saw them, I have to laugh.

LB: It’s been eight years since you kissed Madonna onstage at the MTV awards. What have you learned from her?

BS: I actually saw her a couple of weeks ago at a party. I guess she’s really taught me to stay true to myself. That seems like a simple thing to say, but she taught me through action, not just by saying it. There are so many people around you that have opinions, but you just have to listen to your instincts.

LB: You’ve said Jennifer Lopez inspires you professionally. Would you ever want to be a judge on American Idol?

BS: I would! That would be awesome. I wouldn’t be a tough judge, though.

LB: What do you think of Lady Gaga?

BS: She’s unique and extremely talented. I love her spin on everything.

LB: On your Web site, you have a “BS Alert” where you clear up gossip. Have you ever been tempted to make something up to see what happens?

BS: No way! They make up enough stories without my help.

LB: How has being a mom affected how you approach your career?

BS: I think things through a little bit more, and I worry a lot. I’m more straightforward, and I speak up more than I did before. When I was younger, I wouldn’t speak up as much, but now that I’m a mom, things have changed.

LB: Would you like to get married again? More kids?

BS: I’ve thought about both, so if the timing was right …

LB: Could you see your sons performing?

BS: If they have a love and passion for the arts and that’s what they want to do, then so be it. They are both little actors and so charismatic, I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

LB: Which one of your hits made you realize you’d made it?

BS: From the beginning, probably “… Baby One More Time.” I haven’t seen that video in such a long time.

LB: What’s your favorite video?

BS: “Overprotected.” I just think it says a lot. It was directed so well, it was really colorful, and the dancing was amazing.

LB: Who is your greatest inspiration musically?

BS: Whitney Houston. I’ve loved her since I was a kid.

LB: If you met yourself at a party, what would you think?

BS: If I met me, I would say a quick hello and then think that I was a really nice girl.

LB: What is your perfect day, morning through to night?

BS: Getting up with coffee–two cups of coffee. Having a good workout, taking a swim, my boys being there and just having a good day at the pool–we have a theme-park slide. We’d have snow cones, then I’d go to the movies and spend time with my boyfriend. Maybe a Femme Fatale moment [laughs].

LB: What is your guilty pleasure?

BS: Bapchi’s caramel toffee from Vosges. They were in my hotel room, and I made everyone bring them from their rooms.

LB: What don’t people know about you?

BS: I’m pretty normal, you know? Like I said, the type of day I love is just like everybody else’s. I’m like everybody else.

Sigh. When are these interviewers going to stop asking redundant questions and focus on what folk really want to hear? Like Spears’ thoughts on the stunt double drama, live vocals, performing, and all that good stuff?

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  1. Rich May 16, 2011

    I can’t stand her music nowadays, but she still seems nice.

  2. The Perrylicious is taking over… May 16, 2011

    she always stunning and humble!

  3. The Perrylicious is taking over… May 16, 2011

    only stupid people and bad taste can’t stand with her music.

  4. DestinyBoston May 16, 2011


  5. Aaron May 16, 2011

    I think she is told what to say a lot as well. I remember on UK chat chat, she was told all the answers to the questions that she was going to be asked. She has so many people around her.

  6. Aaron May 16, 2011

    *on a UK chat show! haha

  7. The Perrylicious is taking over… May 16, 2011

    stay mad+pressed @Sam

    Mariah Carey & beyonce still a huge flop!

  8. MISHKA May 16, 2011

    The guy who did the photoshop work deserves a bonus.

    We all know her PR team handled the interview. I bet she never saw those questions herself.

    The only reason why Britney is getting all those free passes is because we know she’s a genuinely nice and vulnerable person. God bless her.

  9. Mizkeri-babe May 16, 2011

    people like britney spears is always going to stay in the game…she always has been very humble and sweet.
    some people needs to take notes(cough xtina)

    I wouldnt say shes competing with rihanna…I mean the broad got at least 2 albums who equals the rihannas entire career. no shade

    its good shes not throwing shades at other artists,(cough xtina)

    she aint worrying about anybody lses, 13 yrs in the game and nobody has come close to replace her.
    at this point of her career the broad doesnt have anything else to prove to anybody.

  10. Prince&Queen Bey May 16, 2011


    LOL Britney judging on American Idol or being a Judge for anything…… LMAO that would be Hilarious. Even questioning her about Judging people sing or dance is HILARIOUS and should never happen.

  11. Topman May 16, 2011

    I like Britney and Femme Fatale is a great album but her passion for what she does really isn’t evident any more.

  12. KYLE May 16, 2011




  13. Mizkeri-babe May 16, 2011

    she has a legit reason to why people give her special treatment..

    I mean she has a serious disease, bi-polar depression..

    her people are just trying to look out for her..

    I mean give the girl a break,

  14. onyx May 16, 2011

    she’s so sweet and natural and simply more thant ever, is good 2 see her happy, i wish all the best to her.


    @Perrylicious Girl u are a hot boiling s***** mess! Always stanning for these auto tune, non singing bishes. I bet u think they are up their with Aretha and Prime Whitney in talent….. I CANT………U ARE SUCH A DELUSIONAL DUMB BISH LMFAO BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HA HA HA AH AH HA HA THE QUEEN >>>>>>>>>>>>>> the music industry

  16. KAT DELUNA FAN May 16, 2011

    Sound like a Q&A on twitter with her fans *dead
    1What to do you think about bieber ?
    I love him
    2.What do you think of rihanna
    I love her
    3.What do you think of rebecca black
    she is unique
    4.what do you think of spongeBob
    love the album
    That’s all sha has to talk about? she is tryna get some young fans by talkin and relating herself with them.

  17. JULIA May 16, 2011

    Ahahahaha well said Kyle! Shut da f*** up hater!!!

  18. GAGA FOREVER May 16, 2011


  19. Mizkeri-babe May 16, 2011

    why would it be dumb for her to be a judge on american Idol?

    hell before all the medications she got put on, the bish was a force to be reckoned with..
    alot of people were copying her s***..hell even beyonce ass was trying to copy her style.

    hells still to this day, even though shes not the same britney, bishes are still trying to be like her..

    she would be the pefect judge on a talent show, shes a f***** icon, legend, queen..

    I swear some people just like to talk s*** for no reason.

  20. JULIA May 16, 2011

    @kat deluna fan b**** please

  21. royalkev May 16, 2011

    Nice picture! Britney is still really sweet. I’m glad she hasn’t changed.


  22. Aryo May 16, 2011

    I really enjoyed reading this interview!
    Britney , i <3 U

  23. terrence May 16, 2011

    She can’t judge. She’s untalented.

  24. ERIC May 16, 2011

    Definition of dumb: “only stupid people and bad taste can’t stand with her music.”
    I like her music but it’s dumb to attack people because they don’t like it and say they have bad taste in music…
    Nice interview Britney, it’s good to see she’s the humble and nice girl she’s always been! =)

  25. Put That On Everythang May 16, 2011

    Britney judging anybody = EPIC FAIL

  26. onyx May 16, 2011

    some people wants to see britney fall, why so much hate on a person that you don’t even know, she doesn’t do anything personal 2 you. i don’t really get it, i can’t be like that. just bcuz you don’t like her you don’t had 2 hate her, she’s a legend in the world you just can’t deny that, everywhere you go people khow her, everything she does good or bad in her personal and professional life is legendary, go BRITNEY

  27. Ghetto Fab May 16, 2011

    As you all can see even Britney “lip-sync” Spears was inspired by Whitney The Voice Houston. She’s a f***** Legend!

  28. TheMan4u May 16, 2011

    LB: Who is your greatest inspiration musically?

    BS: Whitney Houston. I’ve loved her since I was a kid.

    i LOVE that, especially when folks try to act as if Whitney isn’t neck and neck with Madonna as the two biggest female pop stars ever, with Whitney being the most influential female Icon ever. that’s two performers(Brit and GaGa) that everyone claims was mostly inspired by madonna claiming Whitney as there inspiration, let alone countless others(Monica, j-hud, mariah mary and so many more) citing Whitney as a main influence.

  29. True Blue May 16, 2011

    Too bad Whitney being her inspiration doesn’t bestow her any talent.

  30. AB May 16, 2011

    Some of you people are retarded, of course she would be an amazing judge on American Idol. It’s not about finding an amazing singer, it’s about finding that person with the stage presence, the like-ability factor, the performance skills and obviously some talent. Do you really think Britney would still be here almost 20 years if she had no talent? Please, people would kill to have a career like hers and although she’s not as active, or passionate as she used to be she is, and always will be an icon, someone who hit rock bottom, and climbed her way back, step by step. Whoever isn’t inspired by her is cray cray.

  31. princebarbietv May 16, 2011

    Yeah, I love ponytails. I’m a wash-and-go girl. But, oh yeah, I like to whip it. <3

  32. black May 16, 2011

    HAHAAAAAA SHOUT OUT TO THE FOOLS WHO SAID that whitney houston wasnt her iinspiration

  33. Part Of The Blanco Family May 16, 2011

    she deffo threw a lil hint with “overprotected” as her fave video..
    i just wna give her a big hug.. i wish she’d go away somewhere. have some ME time.. cuz she still seems troubled inside..
    she was a global icon from the age of 15 ..she practically didnt have time to grow up or experience the worlds struggles… same with MJ.
    we all have to remember .. all these celebs are humans at the end of the day. with


    @Mskeribaby GIRL SIT YO DELUSIONAL ASS DOWN AND GO FOUND KERI’s LAME ASS CAREER! Everything she know, she learned it from THE QUEEN but to bad she will never be her or come close and why would THE QUEEN copy a non singing, non dancing, drugged upped, old looking, lip syncing, nasty ass bish like britney, GIRL GTFOH!! For dumbass info, selling lots of records doesnt make u a legend, dont know body want to be her but these non singing bishes like kesha. Real bishes with talent, like Adele idolize THE QUEEN. NEXT>>>>>

  35. royalkev May 16, 2011

    @ The Man 4 U I know right, Whitney was just as big as Madonna. In my opinion she is even more so, she has fewer albums and much bigger sales. I think Whitney, Madonna, Janet and Mariah all have a claim for most influential though. The media just tries to make it seem like Madonna’s towering over everybody.

  36. Bruno King May 16, 2011

    she looks beautiful in these pics…:)…Wal marts Giving Back After Laying Off Over 35,000 People.. $1,400 Gift card – I Grab 3 of Them..Lmao

  37. Christian May 16, 2011

    I just love this chick 🙂

  38. #1QueenGaga May 16, 2011


  39. SHESDUMB May 16, 2011

    a very cute pic of her

  40. demi May 16, 2011

    she looks great!

  41. MOBWIFE….”NO, SHE AINT YOU”!! May 16, 2011

    Ummm… ~__~

    Now when she says that Whitney Houston is her greatest inspiration, I believe her. Gaga was just talking out of her a$$, knowing damn well she was inspired by MADONNA!

    If she’s listening to Rihanna, that would explain why he performances have been so lackluster and boring as of late! 🙂

    I love how she smacked Justin Bieber with a feather boa…LOL! “Listen you little ‘wanker’, I did it 1st”!! Best part of the interview!! 🙂 I’m tired of every artist, no matter the genre, being quizzed about Bieber….WTF??

  42. MOBWIFE….”NO, SHE AINT YOU”!! May 16, 2011

    May 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm
    @ The Man 4 U I know right, Whitney was just as big as Madonna.

    I agree, the media is just evil! They like to try to dictate who ppl should or should not admire by constantly talking sh*t about some while coving up the many flaws of the ppl they support! Both Whiteyn and Madonna are towering ICONs that influenced most of todays artists!

    *psss….I’m with you, I think Whitney was bigger though I love them both!! 🙂

  43. TheMan4u May 16, 2011

    @RoyalKev, i agree that Madonna, Mariah and Janet have inspired many, i just dont think its on the level that Whitney has. She has across the board inspired regardless the genre, pop, Soul, R&B, Gospel, heck even country, when you look at talent shows from all over they are doing Whitney. its always one of the others and Whitney majority of the times when folks speak of influence, either mariah and Whitney, Janet and Whitney, madonna and Whitney, mary j and Whitney.

  44. Anon May 16, 2011

    @ trueblue I luv that pic of Kate Bush!

    P.S. True, did you know her remix album comes out today? Are you gonna cop it?

    P.S.S. Happy birthday Janet Jackson!!!

  45. GangsterA May 16, 2011

    love britney shes humble and sweet unlike others >_>

  46. irene46 May 16, 2011

    @ mizkeri-babe…

    i was totally with you on your comment about why britney gets a pass but you stepped in it when you claimed people (including beyonce) are copying britney. nobody’s copying britney because they’re all (including britney) are copying JANET!

    britney’s reign as dominating force was over before she turned 21. since 2003 she’s stayed relevent because “she’s given special treatment” by the media, the industry because she’s “humble and sweet” and stans that still live in the era of ‘britney the TEEN QUEEN!

    britney is in no condition to do interviews without cues let alone be judge on a talent show! keep it real, mizkeri-babe!

  47. once upon a time……….. May 16, 2011

    once upon a time she used to be relevant……………now she can barely get 50 comments!

    miss the old days.

  48. JP May 16, 2011

    Gorgeous shots…Wow she looks amazing

  49. Auntie Jackie May 16, 2011

    Always been a nice girl. Love her!

  50. True Blue May 16, 2011

    @ Anon:

    I haven’t heard it so I don’t know if I’ll buy it, but I’m more excited about the brand new album she’s currently in the process of making. She even hinted that she might tour, which I hope to God actually happens!

  51. Anon May 16, 2011

    @TrueBlue I feel you on that! I can’t wait for an album from Kate with all new material.

    If she toured I would be there for sure! One tour, 30 years ago… It’s not right for a musical genius( such as Kate) to keep away from her public that long!

  52. Mari (RIP Dwayne McDuffie) May 17, 2011

    Who styled that shoot? That pic is fabulous!

  53. lol May 17, 2011


  54. African( Senegal ) loooove breezy!!!!!! May 17, 2011

    I will always love you Bri-Bri , but i really feel honey you do lost the passion:(!!!!!

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  56. Melis May 20, 2011

    Britney is a true artist who did the wrong thing and decided to overcome them is so humble and charismatic femme fatale record of the year waiting for I WANNA GO

  57. Jack May 20, 2011

    Love Britney. She is the Phoenix.

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