Britney Spears EXCLUSIVE: Old Friends and New Boyfriends

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Britney Spears opens up about her old best friends, new boyfriends, and why she misses Justin

Read on for an outtake from CosmoGIRL!'s exclusive interview with Britney Spears.

CosmoGIRL!: So you've teamed up with Madonna on your first single, "Me Against The Music." What else can we expect from your album "In The Zone"?

BS: It's definitely different from anything I've ever done before. A lot of the songs are more trancey, sensual, sexy. I hope people are surprised.

CG!: Sounds like you really worked hard to make the album special, buy weren't you planning to take A LOT of time off?

BS: I thought I needed to take some serious time off and move at a slower pace. But I really just needed to chill. That ended quickly, and I got antsy.

CG!: We've heard a lot of partying rumors from the time you were off.

BS: I had two weeks or so where I actually went home and I went out. Yeah, I had a good time. That got old really fast, but it became such an issue. That whole thing was blown out of proportion.

CG!: Was there any truth to the rumors?

BS: I'm not the type of person to go out and overdo something. That's not my nature. But I had nothing to do during the day. I was off, man. What do you do when you go on vacation? You party. But I was under the microscope. Everyone wanted to see what I was going to do.

CG!: How do you deal with all the rumors written about you?

BS: It's totally disheartening when people make stuff up and say nonsense. Ever since I started it's been like that. I choose not to make that my focus and I just choose to work and do my best and see what comes out of it.

CG!: Do you feel like the press is more critical of you now than ever before?

BS: Maybe so. I think with anything you do, the more in depth you go, people start to scrutinize you more. But that's just all the more reason to raise the bar and do something even more crazy.

CG!: If people REALLY got to hang with you, what would they be most surprised to learn?

BS: Probably that I'm just like them. I'm not a diva or anything. I'm just a really straightforward person.

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