When asked who she tried to emulate when she first started out, Spears answered, "Madonna. No question. She is an amazing entertainer. Besides Madonna, I also admire Sarah Jessica Parker's career and her shoe collection," the singer told Out magazine. (Madonna is also set to have her own Out cover this month when both covers drop on March 29.)
She had equally kind words for her pop contemporaries. What does she think of Lady Gaga? "Unique." What about former pop rival Christina Aguilera? "Truly talented."
Over the course of her career, Spears has recorded a number of songs ranging from the awesome ("Toxic," "Slave 4 U") to the more forgettable ("Email My Heart"), but she has no regrets. "All of my songs are f---ing amazing," she told the magazine.
Spears displayed that same swagger when talking about her latest release. "I think Femme Fatale is my most upbeat and mature album yet. I collaborated with will.i.am. I am a huge fan of Black Eyed Peas, and I have always wanted to work with him. I also worked with a new up-and-coming artist from the L.A. area named Sabi. She raps on a song I love called '(Drop Dead) Beautiful.' "
While she loves all her own tracks, there's one recent radio smash that Spears wishes she had jumped on. Spears said that she would have loved to record Eminem and Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie."
The magazine also delved a bit further into the singer's personal life. When asked how she would feel if one of her sons turned out to be gay, she replied, "I love my boys no matter what." And when asked if the singer ever crushed on a female celebrity, she responded, "I only have eyes for men." Spears noted that everyone should have the right to marry, including gay people. "I think everyone should be treated equally."
Femme Fatale's release is one of Britney's major milestones for 2011. Another is the singer's 30th birthday, which she doesn't seem very worried about. "I'm excited to be out of my 20s," she said, before sharing that she's not against plastic surgery. "When it's time to pull and tuck, I'm sure I will consider it."