Even Britney Spears faces rejection sometimes. Posing on the cover of Marie Claire UK‘s October 2016 issue, the princess of pop reminisces to the magazine about a date that didn’t quite go as planned, while also going into detail about motherhood, southern manners and her new appreciation for sushi.
Recalling one particularly bad date, the “Make Me” singer says, “We went to the movies, but I could tell right away it wasn’t working. It was sort of awkward. So after the movie I came home and that was it. It just didn’t work […] He just wasn’t that into me. I liked him. He knew that. But he definitely didn’t feel the same. It happens to everybody. Being famous doesn’t make you any different.”
While that relationship may have ended, Spears is happy with two other men in her life: her two sons, Sean, 10, and Jayden James, 9, from her previous marriage to dancer Kevin Federline: “My boys don’t care if everything isn’t perfect, they don’t judge me. If anything, when I’m all dressed up they aren’t happy because it usually means I’m going to work. I’ve been through a lot and I’ve got to this point where I’m feeling good about being single. The best relationship I’ve ever had is with my boys.”
Spears admits that the pressure she places on herself both on and off stage stems from her strict southern upbringing. She tells the magazine, “Southern girls can be very hard on themselves because you are expected to act in a certain way, you are expected to please people. And then I moved to Los Angeles when I was very young. I was so under scrutiny. If a hair was out of place, I’d be so anxious. I would get very anxious about so many things.”
Interestingly enough, it’s Spears’ younger sister Jamie Lynn who encourages the pop star to leave her comfort zone. “She’s always trying to get me to eat,” she says. “I never ate sushi until a year or so ago. I thought the idea of raw fish was horrible. Then we had a day in a hotel in Vegas and she ordered up every single bit of sushi they had and we sat there just eating everything. Now I’m hooked.”
To read the feature in full, see the October issue of Marie Claire, out today. Also available as a digital edition through Apple Newsstand.