Superstar Britney Spears was injured during rehearsal for her latest video, and joined us for a telephone interview while home recuperating to let her fans know she's alright. So many of you came to wish Britney a speedy recovery, that this chat had the most participants in AOL Live history! Way to go, Britney fans!
Question: How is your knee? What happened? I love you Britney!
Britney Spears: Well, my knee is a lot better. I had surgery on it like four days ago and it's a lot better. It's probably going to take four weeks for me to be able to dance again. But I just have to listen to the doctors and do what they tell me to do so I won't injure it even more.
Question: Britney, how old were you when you first started singing?
Britney Spears: I was probably eight years old when I really started singing.
Question: How do you manage to stay in such good shape and make videos, attend concerts and record CDs?
Britney Spears: Well, really, with being on the road it's really hard to stay in shape. But, I guess just walking in all of the airports and doing the shows every night probably keep me in shape.
Question: Hey, Britney, you're my idol. What's it like to be up there on stage and looking at all your fans? Question: Hey, Britney, you're my idol. What's it like to be up there on stage and looking at all your fans?
Britney Spears: I have to say that's the best feeling in the world to see all of my fans singing the words to my songs and it's just like so overwhelming. It's really cool.
Question: Britney, are you planning on going to college?
Britney Spears: If things slow down for me, I will probably go to college. But if things tend to stay really busy I'll probably do this for the rest of my life. Because this is so much fun. I love what I'm doing now and it's just like I found my job at an earlier age and this is what I'm supposed to do.
Question: Britney, are you touring with 'N SYNC in Virginia next month? They have only announced a guest, but rumor has it that it's going to be you.
Britney Spears: No, I'm not with 'N SYNCanymore. Tatyana Aliand B*Witchedare opening for them.
Question: What do you do in your spare time and where do you hope to be years from now?
Britney Spears: In my spare time, well usually I talk on the phone with my friends. And I'm usually doing my studies from school. And just talking on the phone with my mom. And like going to the movies. I love going to the show. So going to the movies. And a couple of years from now I would probably like to continue to do what I'm doing now and just hopefully be more of a well-known artist and someone like Madonna or Janet would be really cool. And just hopefully be a success around the world.
Question: Hi Britney! I love "Baby One More Time" and I hope your knee heals soon. I just wanted to know which member of 'N SYNC did you click with the most?
Britney Spears: Really, I didn't have that much time to spend with them, you know, to really get to know them because they were so busy doing their thing, I was so busy doing my thing. And the only time we really saw each other was at lunch or dinner before the show. But, probably Lance because he's from Mississippi and that's where I'm from. Well, I'm like 30 minutes away from Mississippi.
Question: Hi Britney! Do you plan to be in any TV shows or anything like that in the near future?
Britney Spears: Well, there's talk of me being on Dawson's Creek, like three episodes of that for next season. So, I'm really happy about that because I love the show.
Question: Can I sign your cast? Do you have one? You rock!
Britney Spears: I don't have a cast on my leg. I have like actually nothing on it. I have butterfly stitches on it because they just went in with a scope. They didn't have to really cut me. Because they had to clean up all the chips of bones that were in my knee. So I don't have a cast. But if I did and I saw him I would let him sign my cast.
Question: Britney, I wanted to know, on your new album, are you going to work on it yourself or with a lot of other people? Question: Britney, I wanted to know, on your new album, are you going to work on it yourself or with a lot of other people?
Britney Spears: Probably both. You know, I'll have a lot of influence on it as well as a lot of other people.
Question: Britney, what is the best present you ever got?
Britney Spears: The best present I ever got, probably my collector doll that I got this year. She was so pretty. She like looked like an older woman and she had a hat on and I loved her and it just reminded me of my grandmother. And, probably, the ring I got this Christmas as well. It was really pretty because my little sister got one, my brother got one, and I got one. And it's just really, really pretty.
Question: When are you planning to do your next video?
Britney Spears: When my leg gets better which will probably be in three or four more weeks. I'm not really sure. When I'm able to, you know, dance on my leg again I'm going to do the second video and it's going to be awesome.
Question: What is the second video/single going to be?
Britney Spears: "Sometimes." And there's going to be a lot of dancing in it. Even more dancing than "Baby One More Time" because, even though it's a mid-tempo song, I'm able to dance a lot in it though still. The choreographer is brilliant and he's like, you know, working away to where the dancing is just really out there and crazy. So I'm so excited and that's why my leg HAS to be better.
Question: Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Britney Spears: Yes. I have a little sister and she's 7 and her name's Jamie Lynn and I have an older brother, he's 21 and his name is Brian.
Question: What do you like better, dancing or singing or acting?
Britney Spears: Probably singing.
Question: Have you ever thought about your next album? This one rocks!
Britney Spears: Yeah, I have thought about my next album. But, I probably want to grow as an artist and have songs that I can probably relate to more because I'm getting older and I'll have older songs, per se, you know.
Question: What is the best part about chatting on AOL?
Britney Spears: You know, it's really cool because you have, my friend's at home and like when I need to talk to them we stay on the computer forever and she's talking to me and I'm talking and you can just, you know, catch up on all the old stuff. Because I'm never home and I never really get to experience talking on the phone with my friends that much because of the phone bill and everything. So AOL is awesome.
Question: Would you ever do a country song?
Britney Spears: No, I love country music, but I really don't sing country music because I sing pop music. But, I mean, like, oh, of course, in the car I sing all kinds of music.
Question: Who do you think will win the Oscars?
Britney Spears: Who are the choices? I haven't seen Shakespeare In Love. I don't know. I don't really get the chance to see any movies. But I'll just say Shakespeare In Love. I haven't even really seen it, but I hear it's really, really good. I haven't seen any movies out lately. I'm really embarrassed. [Editor's note: Britney was right!!!]
Question: I love your outfits, Britney. Where do you shop?
Britney Spears: Well, I shop usually at BB, it's a really, really cool store. And Abercrombie & Fitch is like the store to go to because when I'm on the road, that's all I wear is comfy clothes. But, like, when I go out to eat or go out somewhere, I usually dress up in stuff like BB.
Question: What do you think of Tatyana Ali? Have you heard her new record?
Britney Spears: Actually, I don't have her new record, but I've seen her perform before and she's really, really wonderful.
Question: I love your accent. Where are you from?
Britney Spears: I'm from Louisiana. Kentwood, Louisiana.
Question: Hey there! I think Adam Sandleris hot. What do you find hot in a guy?
Britney Spears: A guy that has a wonderful personality and that can make me laugh and has a lot of confidence, I find very sexy.
Question: Do you have a boyfriend? If not, will you go out with me?
Britney Spears: No, I don't have a boyfriend. But I have to see you before I go out with you!
Question: Are you looking forward to the new Star Warsmovie?
Britney Spears: You know, really I'm not that much of a Stars Warsperson. I'm not a big fan of that, but I hear that it's going to be really awesome so I would probably go check it out.
Question: Are you looking forward to being nominated for a Grammy next year?
Britney Spears: That would be nice! I mean if that happened that would be really wonderful, but I would never get my hopes up for something like that. That would just be out of this world.
Question: Do you write your own songs?
Britney Spears: I'm starting to write right now. Yeah, I've been writing recently a lot. So, yeah.
Question: Who were your musical influences growing up?
Britney Spears: Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey. Otis Redding was really cool. Those are probably the main three.
Question: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?
Britney Spears: All my life I've always known I wanted to be a singer because I've always been singing. But after the Mickey Mouse Club, that's when I realized that I wanted to make a career out of singing.
Question: Do you practice your dancing every day?
Britney Spears: No, I need to because when I don't it makes me out of shape so when I do start dancing again I hurt myself, like I did. So I really need to, but no, I don't. I hadn't danced in, like, I don't know how long and I go and like a goob, fall on myself and twist my knee!
Question: You look so cute on the album cover. Who are your favorite designers?
Britney Spears: Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, BB again, Tommy Hilfiger. Those are probably the main ones.
Question: What advice would you give to fellow teenage girls?
Britney Spears: If they wanted to pursue a career, if you have a love for singing and dancing or whatever it is, I say go for it because God's given you a talent and I think you should express it and use it if he's given you wonderful talent like that. But if you mean in everyday life what advice do you give teenagers? You know, just go for your dreams and go for what you believe in and stay confident with yourself and stay happy with yourself.
Question: Are you ever going to try producing records, Britney?
Britney Spears: Right now, I think that takes a lot of experience before you're able to start producing your own records, because that's a lot of involvement. But, yeah, I mean, probably two or three years from now I'd love to do that.
Question: What is the weirdest thing that a fan ever did for you?
Britney Spears: I don't know, probably calling me all the time and getting on my nerves and following me. That's probably the weirdest thing.
Question: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Britney Spears: Probably Jamaica. No, no, no, actually Hawaii. Anywhere in Hawaii.
Question: What are you going to do for New Year's 2000, the millennium?
Britney Spears: I'm definitely going to be at home because all these computers, I hear, are supposed to shut down and I'm going to be sad. So my mom's like, "Britney, you're home." So I'm probably just going to party with my friends.
Question: What three CDs would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?
Britney Spears: Lauryn Hill, Natalie Imbruglia and Whitney Houston.
Question: You seem to be the type of person who has lots of friends. What qualities do you look for in friendship?
Britney Spears: Someone you can really trust. Someone who is really honest with you and tell you the truth about anything, even if you don't want to hear it. And someone who is like you and is a lot of fun and you can laugh together.
Question: What is your favorite film about music? Fame is my favorite.
Britney Spears: Probably Wizard Of Oz. That's a really good one. Somewhere Over the Rainbow. That's like my favorite song and I have Dorothy stuff all over my room!
Question: Who have you met that's really made an impression on you? Like you couldn't even speak you were so awe struck?
Britney Spears: Really, when I meet famous people I get so star struck I can't say anything to them. So, there was one time when I saw Ashley Judd and that was really cool because I'd just seen Kiss The Girls and she is a phenomenal actress and the person who travels with me just started jabbering away talking to her. But I stood there like a complete idiot and didn't say anything. But she was really, really nice. And I really like that because you always worry how people are going to act when you meet them, someone you totally look up to. And you're always scared to really get to know them because you're scared you'll be disappointed. But I wasn't disappointed.
Question: Who is the most famous person you'd say you ever met?
Britney Spears: Oh my goodness, I don't know. I've really met a lot of people, but I just can't really think. Like, Toni Braxton I've met before. And I've seen Whitney Houston but I didn't really shake her hand. Boys 2 Men, I don't know. Oh my goodness, I can't really think. And, like, I saw Shania Twain before and I've seen Lauryn Hill, but I just don't really say anything to them because I'm a goob. Because, I mean, what do you say? 'Hi?' You know?
Question: Have you ever sung the Star Spangled Banner in a stadium? I heard it's hard to do.
Britney Spears: Yes, I have at an Olmuth-Auburn game.
Question: We saw you in a Tommy Hilfiger ad, was that fun?
Britney Spears: That was a lot of fun.
Question: Do you play any instruments?
Britney Spears: No, I do not. I want to learn how to play the guitar, but I don't have time to learn. So, one day I'll have to make time and set it aside.
Question: Are you writing your own songs?
Britney Spears: Yes.
Question: Who would you most like to write a song with?
Britney Spears: Probably Diane Warren because she is such a phenomenal song writer.
Question: Do you have a car? Or what kind of car would you like to get when you get your driver's license?
Britney Spears: Actually, I'm looking at cars right now and I'm probably going to get the 300 Mercedes. I was thinking about the 500 but the only difference in them are the engines and they look exactly the same. So I'm probably going to get the Mercedes, the SL. They're so pretty. It's got to be a convertible.
Question: I saw the Entertainment Weekly article you did. Was that fun to do? Was there a lot of horsing around on the set with 'N SYNC?
Britney Spears: Oh, it was a lot of fun to do. Yeah, yeah, we goofed off the whole time.
Question: What are you most looking forward to in your European tour?
Britney Spears: Probably just like the different clothes and the different cultures and everything I'm going to find really interesting. And I love trying new foods and stuff like that. That's going to be great.
Question: What country are you most looking forward to visiting and playing?
Britney Spears: Let me see, I'm really looking forward to going to London again because the people there were awesome and everything was so nice. I just really love London. I can't wait to go back there again.
Question: I really love you. Is there any way to get a calendar or a poster of you?
Britney Spears: I have a fan club, but I don't know if there's a way you could get a calendar or poster. I don't know. Probably just by in those teeny-bop magazines.
Question: I like ice cream. Do you like ice cream Britney?
Britney Spears: Yes, I LOVE ice cream.
Question: What is your favorite food?
Britney Spears: My favorite food is pasta and hot dogs.
Question: How did you get into the Mickey Mouse Club? And how old were you?
Britney Spears: I auditioned for it in New York. The first time I auditioned for it, which was in Atlanta, I was eight. But the second time, which was in New York, I was eleven.
Question: Any plans to get into the movies? Has anybody asked you to be in a movie yet?
Britney Spears: There's been talk of some movies, but none that I'm really interested in.
Question: What are you going to do for Mothers' Day?
Britney Spears: For Mother's Day I'll probably, hopefully if I'm home, just spend time with my mom and probably do girl stuff and go shopping and go out to eat or something.
Question: What are your career goals, long term?
Britney Spears: My career goals are basically just to continue to do what I'm doing right now and just get better and hopefully grow as an artist and hopefully be a legend like Madonna or Janet. That would be really cool.
Question: Do you ever wish it would all slow down for you and you could just spend a day being a typical teenager?
Britney Spears: No (laughs). Probably because, right now I'm doing that. I'm totally slowing down with my leg. And it's really good though because I needed the time off where I can just totally make my mind get sane again because things do get crazy. But I'm about to go insane right now because I'm so used to being so busy. And once you're like that for a year you don't know how to act when things slow down. But I usually get to go home every six weeks and see my friends. So I get to be pretty normal a lot.
Question: What was your favorite subject, or what did you do best in, in school?
Britney Spears: English, because I love to read and history.
Question: Is it harder to do your schooling now that you have a tutor on the road rather than being in school?
Britney Spears: Yeah, it's a lot harder.
Question: What's your favorite book?
Britney Spears: My favorite book is The Horse Whisperer.
Question: Are you reading some books and magazines while you're recuperating?
Britney Spears: No, actually I just started getting to the point where I have nothing really to do in between sessions. But I need to go out and get a book and start reading something. But usually I just do my studies.
Question: Do you have any final messages for your fans?
Britney Spears: Just be positive and go for your dreams. Thank you!