Pop star Britney Spears has two sons who are now around the same age she was when she started out in show business in The Mickey Mouse Club.
So, will her kids – Sean, 11, and Jayden James Federline, 10 – be following in their mother’s footsteps?
Not a chance, the 35-year-old singer, who is performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 30, tells The Straits Times.
“They’ve grown up with me being in the business,” she says, sounding chirpy over the telephone from Thailand, one of the stops on her current Asian tour.
“They basically look at it like, ‘Oh, mummy does it, so it’s not that fascinating.’ So I think they’ll go in the opposite direction, believe it or not. What mum does isn’t cool.”
While the upcoming show is her first major concert in Singapore, it will not be the first time she has performed here. She did a showcase performance for music industry executives here in 1998, a year before her debut album …Baby One More Time became a worldwide hit.
She recalls of that show: “Me and my mother, it was just me and her and it was really fun for me because I wasn’t famous yet and it was just really funny and cool and very, very special.”
Her Asian tour, which kicked off in Japan on June 3, also includes shows in the Philippines, South Korea and Taiwan.
“The audience and the crowd are completely different over here,” she says enthusiastically.
“The audience so far has been insane. Me and the dancers, before we go on stage, we are literally jumping up and down and high-fiving one another, we’re so excited,” she adds.
“Honestly, the fans inspire. They basically drive us, they’re the human force that keeps us going.”
The terror attack at her fellow American singer Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert early this month has led to heightened security at her shows, but she is confident that her concerts are in safe hands.
“Yeah, it definitely adds an alertness in the security, in the way they operate. I’m very blessed with my security, I’ve been with the same guys for four years. I feel very protected with them.”
Spears, who has also been performing regularly at a Las Vegas residency over the past four years, says her fans have got more diverse over the years.
“My audience is a wide range of people, which is really kind of interesting. It’s funny, there’s a lot of kids in the audience, some of them are seven- to eight-year-olds and I think their parents bring them. A lot of people are from the 1990s that grew up with me.”
She is recognised by Billboard as the top-selling female artist in the 2000s. Six of her albums, including her first four, have topped the American charts.
Spears has collected accolades, such as a Best Dance Recording Grammy for the 2004 song Toxic and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. She has also acted in several films, including 2002 comedy-drama Crossroads.
Her ninth studio album, Glory, came out last year, peaking at No. 3 on Billboard and topping the charts in countries such as Ireland, South Korea and Italy. It made the top album of the year lists in several publications, including Rolling Stone, which ranked it the fifth best pop album of last year.
While Spears listens to a lot of 1980s classics when she is at the gym, she says she is also in touch with the current crop of pop singers.
“I love Lorde, I think she’s really cool,” she says of the 20-year-old New Zealand singer.
While she is working on new music, she has no plans to release anything new this year and is instead focusing on live performances.
Her beau, 23-year-old fitness model and actor Sam Asghari, has joined her on the current tour and her fans were abuzz online when she kissed him on stage in Taipei recently.
Spears had a whirlwind marriage to childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in 2004 and, that same year, also married dancer Kevin Federline, whom she divorced in 2007.
She says she would like to expand her family, but marriage is not on the cards. “I will never get married again, but I would like to have more children,” she says.
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