It has been a while since the public heard much about Britney Spears. During that time, things have been very interesting when it comes to her professional life. Her last album, Britney Jean, was kind of a huge surprise; not because of the album in general, but because she seemed to give up on something that she considered to be her “most personal” work. Granted, the Piece of Me residency show in Las Vegas is part of the promotion for the album, but in all honesty, there probably was not much that could save it.
Rather than force it, she decided to slide back and instead work on something new, a lingerie line called Intimate by Britney Spears. She has the right to branch out and has done so many times. For example, she has a popular line of fragrances that continue to make loads of money. However, is she actually forgetting who she is supposed to be? Admittedly, things are quite different from the way it was 15 years ago. Gone are the days when the name Britney Spears signified a huge hit, a strong album debut and a massive world tour, and that is fine. There are other responsibilities that must come first for her.
She is a mother now, and young Jayden James and Sean Preston need her first. In addition, she has gone through some very trying times that more than likely still haunt her on occasion. She has paid her dues many times over and some prices were steeper than others were. With seven great albums and one not-so-great album, maybe the time has come where Britney Spears just feels like just sitting back for a while, but things are starting to feel a bit lazy.
Perhaps this is being intentionally done or maybe her “people” are helping to keep things calm. However, too much calm can be quite boring and things are definitely fast approaching that point. Not to mention, the whole thought of Spears’ creating this lingerie line is mind boggling, especially when she claimed that she no longer wanted things to be “too sexy.” It was because of this that she edited quite a bit of her Work B*tch music video, the first release from Britney Jean.
“We showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video then what is actually there,” Spears stated back in October of 2013. “I have children, and it’s just hard to play sexy mom while you’re being a pop star as well.”
The sudden turnaround is a little strange and actually, points a little deeper at what she is not doing, being a pop star. She is supposed to be the legendary Britney Spears. Instead, she is settling and this is not good.
Britney has done so many great things in the entertainment field that were not directly music related and fans loved them all. There has been some acting, she created those fragrances, she has written books and she even created a video game. As hard as Britney’s Dance Beat was, it was worth it, especially when it came to being able to dance with her.
However, when it came to all of those things, people saw it as a pop star attempting to spread her wings. Now, it just feels like she is becoming comfortable by just being a famous person who is doing something for the sake of remaining famous. Britney Spears owes herself a lot more than this.
Things are so much more different now than they were when she first shimmied in that schoolgirl outfit. They sympathize with Spears and are still on a sometimes shaky, but supportive ride.
In the same interview where she talked about changing a lot of the Work B*tch video, she also said, “I just have to be true to myself and feel it out when I do stuff.”
None of this feels truly genuine. If she wants to fall back and just be Britney Jean Spears, people would be fine with that. They get that this is not the same young girl she once was. People know the Britney Spears they grew to love is still in there somewhere, but the person they see before them is definitely not her.
Opinion by Jonathan Brown