Two revelations are available courtesy of W magazine's cover profile of Britney Spears, due on newsstands Friday. First, she's no longer a virgin. And second, she's enlisted P. Diddy and Moby for her upcoming album.
Spears' admission to sleeping with ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake isn't all that surprising, except for the fact that after years of prodding she's finally come clean. It's been a question on everyone's mind ever since she began touting her no-sex-before-marriage beliefs while at the same time playing the part of a vixen and singing that she's "not that innocent."
Perhaps it shouldn't matter, but the virgin vamp dichotomy was a large part of her image, and it couldn't last forever. After all, she did have a live-in relationship with Timberlake, who after their breakup jokingly told a New York radio station that the couple did have sexual relations of a sort. Spears cleared it up when she told interviewer Robert Haskell that she had only slept with "one person my whole life."
"It was two years into my relationship with Justin. And I thought he was the one. But I was wrong. I didn't think he was gonna go on Barbara Walters and sell me out," she said, referring to Timberlake's November 2002 interview on "20/20" in which he talked about their breakup and sex life.
"The most painful thing I've ever experienced was that breakup," Spears told W magazine. "We were together so long, and I had this vision. You think you're going to spend the rest of your life together. Where I come from, the woman is the homemaker, and that's how I was brought up — you cook for your kids. But now I realize I need my single time. You have to do your own thing."
Her own thing, for now, is focusing on finishing her latest album. So far Spears has enlisted a slew of producers, composers and collaborators, including Moby and P. Diddy, her spokesperson at Jive Records confirmed. "She did spend some time with them, but we're not even sure if those tracks are going to be picked, if they're going to make the album," her spokesperson said. "It's too soon to know for sure."
Diddy told "E! News Live" on Monday that he had recorded two songs with the singer, while Moby told W that the song he did with Spears is "brooding and atmospheric. ... It's very simple and, for lack of a better word, sexy."
Other producers working with Spears include Rodney Jerkins, the Neptunes, the Matrix (best known for their songwriting for Avril Lavigne), 7 Aurelius (Ashanti), Metro (Cher's "Believe"), the Atlanta collective RedZone and Fred Durst (see "Who's Been Hooking Up With Britney? We Got 'Em To Talk" and "Britney Spears And Fred Durst Shack Up ... In The Studio, At Least").
"[RedZone] are the first people I've ever worked with where it's like I'm listening to it off the radio," she told W, "where I'm like, yeah, I'm jamming ... with myself. And it's weird. I've never done that before."
None of the tracks created with the newly announced producers, however, were among those played during MTV's visit to her studio sessions, where she previewed "Touch of My Hand," "Brave Girl" and "Every Time" (see "Britney Previews LP, Denies Rumors of 'Cry Me A River' Response").
Spears plans to continue working in the studio for another two to three weeks, her label spokesperson said, before finalizing a track listing. The album is expected out by October.