Britney Spears claims she's being pushed to be too sexual

The pop singer complains that she is being forced by handlers to 'play sexy mom'

Published October 3, 2013 5:10PM (EDT)

Britney Spears, who's still under the legal conservatorship of her father following a prolonged public breakdown in 2007 and 2008, is still releasing new music. And she doesn't seem too happy about it.

In a radio interview, Spears complained about the racy video for her new single "Work Bitch":

A lot of sex goes into what I do. But sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you’re dancing the whole video, and there’s like not that much sex stuff going on.

Spears said she was uncomfortable with the footage that had been shot:

I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it’s just hard to play sexy mom while you’re being a pop star as well.

In the video, Spears gyrates in a bikini and whips equally undressed models; as has been the case often since 2008, Spears seems uncomfortable and out-of-place in the milieu. The host, a Boston radio DJ, asked whether handlers were "pushing you further than you wanna go" and if Spears were forced to assert herself in the editing room, to which Spears replied "Yes."

Since her conservatorship began, Spears has released two albums, and a third is expected shortly, along with a Las Vegas concert residency; she also appears on the forthcoming album by Miley Cyrus, a younger artist who's gleefully playing into expectations of "sexiness" that hinge on male titillation. Plus ça change!

By Daniel D'Addario

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