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BS: "No, that's false. Really, um, on the first tour that I did, and the second tour, when I had the big screen up ahead of me, there's a delay. And what's actually happening is happening on the stage, so I think it was confusing them and they were thinking that I was lip-synching. But no, I'm never lip-synching. There's times in the choruses where they up those background vocals and it helps me out, but I'm singing my eyes off."

Moderator "Melissa Ruggiero, Richmond Times-Dispatch."

Ruggiero: "I was just wondering if you could just comment on what it's like to be a role model for so many teenagers. I mean, that again is a lot of pressure that's put on you, so what do you do about that?"

BS: "Well, really, I don't really, I try to think of myself not as a role model, you know what I mean? Because I think that's a lot of pressure right there. I just try to be...me, you know what I mean, and hopefully people will see the good qualities in me and try and take that on. But, you know I'm human just like you and everybody else, and I make mistakes. You know? So I really don't like to, you know, consider myself as a role model."

Moderator: "Gary Graff, Reuters."

Graff: "Uh, on 'Oops...I Did It Again,' the interlude with the gift and everything, what is that?"

BS: "Hee hee hee hee hee. It's, really, it's being sarcastic. It's...the song's talking about a girl who has everything, and, you know, she's playing with the guys' hearts and da da da da da, but then all of a sudden in the interlude or whatever the guy comes and then he gives her a gift and she's like, 'Oh, you shouldn't have, thank you!' It's being very catty, you know what I mean, and making fun of the whole thing. And that's what it's about. You understand?"

Graff: "Yeah, I do."

Moderator: "Jeff Dean, Times Leader."

Dean: "Um, if you're willing to talk about this--I know you, uh, expressed your frustration from time to time when this comes up--but you're criticized often for being overly sexual for your age. Do you want to respond to those criticisms?"

BS: "Um, I think people are gonna have opinions about things, you know what I mean, and I can't worry about what everybody thinks, otherwise I'll drive myself crazy. But, um, no, I can just try and be me, you know what I mean, and...I mean, I think you're the sexiest when you're just being yourself, you know what I mean? And, you know, I'm just here and I'm gonna try and be me and, you know, if they think that's, you know, sexy, it's flattering."

Moderator: "David Fantall, Reel to Reel"

Fantall: "Hi, Britney, I look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee this summer."

BS: "Who?"

Fantall: "What did it feel like the first time a fan recognized you on the street and the first time you heard yourself on the radio?"

BS: "Um, the first time someone recognized me, um, on the street was probably when, um, me and my friend Felicia, we were walking in New York, and we were by Times Square, and you know how there's like a lot of fans by there because of TRL? And the girl noticed me, and I was like, 'Oh, goodness, someone noticed me,' and I felt so cool. You know, I was like, 'Ohmigod, they recognized me,' like a total goof, and now I'm just like, 'Oh, I'm over it.' But um, no, and the first time I heard my song on the radio was when I was at home, and um, I just got in the car and we had like so much luggage and we just came in the car and we just shut the doors, and it came on the radio. And I was so excited, but then I found out that my mom had called in and made 'em play it. Hee hee."

Moderator: "Bridget Byrne, Washington Post."

Byrne: "Um, how do you feel about your, um, shorter haircut? Are you growing your hair again, and what was your fan reaction to it?"

BS: "Um, actually a lot of people thought it was really cute and sassy, but, um, I just wanted it shorter because, um, I don't know, it's summertime, and it's just a lot easier, and you can always put extensions in if you wanna change it up, so...but this isn't for me."

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