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Exclusive Interview: Britney Spears On Tabloid Fame and Vegas Takeover

Last updated: December 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Planet Hollywood Resort. 16 Comments on Exclusive Interview: Britney Spears On Tabloid Fame and Vegas Takeover.

In "Vegas Player" magazine, Britney Spears opened up about growing up in the spotlight and why she loves Las Vegas.

In “Vegas Player” magazine, Britney Spears opened up about her road to stardom and why she loves Las Vegas.

Anticipating hits ranging from “Toxic” to “Circus,” Britney Spears fans are eagerly awaiting her smash return to the stage. Beginning Dec. 27 at Planet Hollywood Resort, she’ll perform 21 or so of her greatest hits in the splashy production show, “Britney: Piece of Me.”

Though never disappointing with shock and awe, Spears has been coy about divulging any show details since she announced the deal on Sept. 17 with a viral stunt in the Vegas desert.

Now with about six weeks until showtime, Spears is getting personal in a brand-new cover story for “Vegas Player” magazine, Caesars Entertainment’s in-room publication. In the revealing interview, (complete with sizzling new pictures) she looks back on her two-decade career and talks influences, prepping for Las Vegas and the harsh spotlight of being the most photographed woman in the world. But more than anything, Spears can’t wait to hit us one more time with her glittering comeback. “I’m really excited,” she says. “‘Piece of Me’ is a labor of love. I can’t wait to perform it.”

On the appeal of a Vegas show
“When you tour, it’s so hard on the body,” she says. “I look back and I don’t know how I did it. Being in one place is cool. It’s a more stable environment”—not only for her but for her two sons, Sean Preston, 8, and Jayden, 7, who will also be making the trips. “Las Vegas is a fun place,” she adds. “There is so much going on. The energy here is incredible. You feel it walking through the casino. Everybody is here to have a good time.”

Getting to “work” (bitch)
“I have not been this sore in my entire life,” she confesses. “When I started working out, I was sore for like, three days. I could hardly move. I’m really challenging myself with the choreography…Whenever I do a show, I’m really keen on making it a show. I love to dance and perform. Because it’s Vegas, I want to do something different. This is the perfect place to bring it to the next level.”

From headlining-making MTV VMA performances to her racy music videos, Spears will bring a sexy, high-energy concept to Vegas with "Britney: Piece of Me."

From headlining-making MTV VMA performances to her racy music videos, Spears will bring a sexy, high-energy show concept to Vegas with “Britney: Piece of Me.”

American idols
Spears says there wasn’t one specific artist she admired growing up, but she counts Otis Redding, Sheryl Crow and Whitney Houston among her musical influences. “It’s hard to pick one person. I looked up to so many, actually. I do love Shania Twain,” she says of the country superstar who performs just across the street from her at Caesars Palace.

On the glare of fame
“It was kind of like a dream,” she recalls. “I’m from a small town and I wasn’t expecting anything. When it happened, it was kind of surreal. I got so busy traveling that I was oblivious to it all. I didn’t even realize what was happening. It was like a dream that I never woke up from. It was pretty spectacular…It’s important to have a group of people around you who can keep you down to earth. It’s a mind-altering experience when you become a pop star at such a young age. Some people are made for it and some people aren’t. If you keep good friends around you and stay grounded, you’ll be ok.”

Lights, camera, action
Spears, who has pretty much lived her entire life in the public eye and been followed by pesky photographers, is asked whether she’s grown accustomed to the constant attention. “This is the thing,” she replies. “I’m actually really shy. I don’t like having my picture taken. I don’t like the attention, but it’s something that comes with success. I’ve accepted the paparazzi are going to be there; I just try to wear the same thing every day so I become uninteresting.” As to whether she follows the tabloids that write about her: “I’ve never done that. I know there is rude stuff out there, but I choose not to be a part of it. It’s all kind of silly.”

Thank you, thank you very much: Britney Spears rocks the mic at Planet Hollywood beginning Dec. 27.

Thank you, thank you very much: Spears rocks the mic at Planet Hollywood beginning Dec. 27. (All photographs by Randee St. Nicholas)

About The Author

A 15-year Las Vegas resident, Emma Trotter has worked in the media industry since 2006, with a focus on entertainment journalism and celebrity news. Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism & Media Studies from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, she has worked as a copywriter, editor, writer, reporter, blogger and produced several photo shoots for local lifestyle magazines. A true advocate of the city's diverse offerings and glitzy lifestyle, Emma has promoted Las Vegas extensively, whether writing about its top hidden gems, to exploring its rich, fascinating history or covering Las Vegas’s social scene and real estate, fashion, beauty, nightlife, dining and profiling the top influential executives.

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16 Responses

  1. Richard Moraes

    It’s Vegas Bitch!

  2. Saucereyes

    Queen <3

  3. Saucereyes

    Queen <3

  4. Blake

    That cover is so sexy. Got my tickets already.

  5. ben

    she’s so down to earth but just super rich at the same time lol love her!

  6. Derf Mahone

    If you don’t lip sync I will come to a show.

  7. Tony

    Oh God she’s still so hot, I’ll be going to watch her in Vegas for sure. And she seems like such a humble woman – so attractive

  8. CJA

    An earlier article said that Britney would be making appearances at pool parties, clubs, etc. throughout her residency. Do you guys know if she will be doing anything like this her opening weekend? We want to go ahead and get tickets!!

  9. Diego Abel Ocampo Elizalde


  10. This show is going to be *amazing*. And I cannot WAIT.

  11. This show is going to be *amazing*. And I cannot WAIT.

  12. jamie

    i cant wait to see her vegas show

  13. Andrea Ann Crews

    Good interview.

  14. 7thSonOfA7thSon

    I am sooo jealous of the lucky people who get to see her opening night, but I’m happy & excited for ya too. This feels like the first time I’ve ever been jealous, that I can remember. Certainly I’ve never felt this jealous in my life. Find a way to let us unfortunates know everything! It is gonna be EPIC. Britney is amazing, there’s no one like her

  15. carolyn salabas