‘She Demanded Power’: Britney Spears Reflects On Controversial Moment With Madonna

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Britney Spears reflected on her epic kiss with Madonna on the 2003 MTV VMA stage and revealed what she learned working alongside the legendary star.

Spears wrote about the kiss that became a pop culture phenomenon in her newly released memoir, “The Woman in Me.” She also shared inside information on what it was like to collaborate with Madonna on the In the Zone hit, “Me Against the Music.”

Spears confessed she had never kissed Madonna during rehearsals, and the on-stage kiss was the first one she shared with the Queen of Pop, according to People.

“Every time we rehearsed it, we did an air kiss,” Spears said, noting the kiss quickly became “a huge cultural moment.”

Spears said she personally invited Madonna to join her and admits she learned an “important lesson” while watching how Madonna conducted herself behind the scenes.

“I was in awe of the ways Madonna would not compromise her vision,” Spears wrote, according to People.

Spears told her fans Madonna was adamant about delaying the start time of their music video shoot to fix a seam on her suit that had come undone, People noted. This proved to be a pivotal moment for Spears.

“She kept the focus on her,” Spears wrote.


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“Going along with Madonna’s ideas and being on her time for days was what it meant to collaborate with her.”

“It was an important lesson for me, one that would take a long time for me to absorb: she demanded power, and so she got power,” Spears said about the music icon, per People. (RELATED: Kylie Jenner Says She Always Makes Out With Her Best Friend)

Spears admitted that at the time she “tried so hard to please” others. She blamed her mother, saying she saw “passiveness” from her during her childhood.

“If I could go back now, I would try to become my own parent, my own partner, my own advocate — the way I knew Madonna did,” Spears wrote in her memoir, according to People.