STRAUSS Who do you listen to for advice?
SPEARS I don't listen to anybody. Nobody can tell me anything. I'm stubborn.
SPEARS No. If someone tells me not to do something, I do it. But I do listen to Madonna. For some reason I listen to her. I know that sounds really silly.
STRAUSS Is there some advice she's given that's inspired you?
SPEARS I don't want to say. But it's nice to have somebody just to ask questions to. She's a visual artist and a deep artist as well. I like the way she thinks. I wish I could be inside of her head.
STRAUSS Outside of Madonna, are there other people whose careers are a model for you?
SPEARS Well, I like Madonna's career, and what she's done with her family. I like Faith Hill too, just the way she's been able to balance her career and her family.
There is a clear thread to this last response: Ms. Spears's worries are not necessarily related to music, but to balancing her public life with her real life and, eventually, having a family.
When the interview ended, Ms. Spears put on make-up and a dress so that an MTV crew could interview her for a promotional special, "In the Zone and Out All Night." They asked her about the energy level in one of the clubs at which she performed a surprise show, and Ms. Spears dutifully responded that it was great and exciting.
Suddenly, five minutes into the interview, Ms. Spears seemed to snap out of her trance. "This just isn't working," she told the crew. Then she stood up and left the room, leaving the crew and her assistants befuddled. Clearly, as Ms. Spears's publicist later confirmed, her mind was elsewhere.
It was a decision that took a degree of independence, confidence and honesty, which are all mature qualities. But it was also an impulsive act. A more polished pro might have forced herself to snap into focus and give a good interview, even if she didn't want to. Neither choice is right or wrong, but they are emblematic of the crossroads where Ms. Spears, at 21, finds herself: one route may lead to the isolation and disorientation of a Michael Jackson, the other to the perseverance and inner strength of a Madonna. The path Ms. Spears takes is another decision she must make by herself.
you can read the rest here: http://events.nytimes.com/2003/11/02/arts/music/02STRA.html?pagewanted=2
I wonder what her relationship with Madonna is like today, and I wonder how much she's really changed since then. And I know she has, we all do in 15 years but she went through so many life changes. It's an intense juxtaposition reading her interviews then and now. But the one thing I think that never really changed was her longing to have a family and private life, I'm glad that she's found that now.
Some you literally ALWAYS complain that she has too much "fun stuff" done and want her to stop and "let her natural beauty shine."
Well... She clearly hasn't had any fun stuff done in a long time and you can tell. I dunno if you understand how fillers work, but you do realize they wear off within 6 months at the latest. She's moving her forehead - botox is wearing off. When she smiles, she has tiny wrinkles around her eyes- again, botox wearing off there. Looks like the fillers have also gone down a ton.. so for the ones who complain about all the fun stuff this should be a fucking feast.
But nope, now it's AAAAALLL wrong again and now she looks "old" just like you argued she did in 2012 during X-Factor, which probably made her start with the fun stuff in the first place when she saw those pictures.....
In my opinion, she looks really cute.. she has a cute outfit on, is lovey dovey with her boyfriend, has her kids with her, seems to be having a good time ... I seriously dont know WHAT your problem is - unless you look Oscars ready 24/7 yourself... coz tbh, otherwise you got no room to judge. Britney may be in the spotlight unlike you , but there's still plenty of people who have to look at YOU on the daily as well.. so I truly hope ya'll are perfect 24/7, coz otherwise this whole thing is just a touch hypocritical, not to mention pathetic.