Britney Spears tells NME she never wants to let her fans down – which is why the nicknames "Godney" and "The Holy Spearit" bring the pressure

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated October 05, 2016 06:19 PM
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She’s trying to give you more!

Britney Spears says that while she appreciates complimentary fan nicknames like “Godney” and “The Holy Spearit,” the titles can feel a little weird.

“That’s just how the fans are – and I don’t want to let them down,” she tells British music magazine NME. “At the end of the day we’re all human and we all make mistakes. It’s really flattering but I don’t know if I can set my bar that high!”

Spears understands, though, that her decades in the spotlight have led many fans to feel like they’ve grown up with her. Her pop dominance has been steadfast – asserted, again, through ninth studio album Glory.

Of her continued success, Spears, 34, tells NME, “I try not to analyze it too much. I love what I do and I think that helps because it speaks for itself when I perform.”

“Seeing other artists continue to do this kind of thing inspires me too,” she adds. “Because sometimes I’m like, ‘What am I doing? Like, I could be a teacher.’ But then I see other people doing it too and I’m like, ‘Well, you know, it’s probably all they’ve known for so long, so it just kind of makes sense.’ ”

But Glory is different than any of Spears’ previous musical outings, she says. “Honestly, this is the first project where I’ve really been hands-on. I was really specific about who I worked with and I’ve been learning to say no.”

And saying no involved Spears breaking free of her usual people-pleaser nature, instead, becoming “really selfish.”

“I made sure this album was everything I wanted it to be,” Spears explains to the magazine.

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When she’s not focused on her own sound – and her hit Las Vegas show, Piece of Me – Spears likes to check out the competition.

“I just listened to Beyoncé‘s ‘Lemonade,’ ” she reveals. “I’m a little late on that, but it’s good, really angry, a really hardcore album. There are moments where you feel the light, airy Beyoncé but most of the time it almost feels like a therapy album. I respect that. She’s an artist, and that’s what she needs to touch on at this moment in her life.”

To read the full Spears interview, download your free digital edition of NME magazine available now.