A week after published snapshots showing her driving with infant son Sean Preston sitting in her lap ignited the ire of U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta, Britney Spears has lashed out at paparazzi, saying she's afraid to take her 4-month-old child out in public.
"I don't really go out with him," Spears said in a People magazine interview that hits newsstands Friday (February 17). "And it's kind of sad because I can't walk down the street with a stroller. I'm not expecting people to pity me. I'm just telling the truth."
Spears told the magazine that she's sought assistance from the police in the past to help her deal with overzealous paparazzi. "I've pulled over and asked the cops, 'Could you please help me? They've been driving recklessly back there.' And they say, 'Sorry ma'am, I can't help you. This is how it is.' I mean, Princess Diana got killed by one of these people. They're crossing the line."
Spears also told People that she's been longing for the spotlight and is anxious to resume her career.
"This may sound weird, but I miss traveling," she said. "I miss the road, seeing different places and being with the dancers and having fun. That feeling of being on the stage, knowing it's your best — I love that. I needed a break. I needed to be hungry again."
Spears is in the midst of recording her next album, which could surface later this year. She told People that her new music could reinvigorate the current pop scene.
"It's been boring," she said. "Nothing's been wow to me."