In support of her new album Circus, dropping December 2nd, Britney has filmed a 90 minute doc with MTV chronicling her comeback with footage from her rehearsals, from backstage at the VMAs, spotlighting her struggle to put last year behind her, and featuring candid reflections about her breakdown and subsequent recovery.

So much has gone on over the last couple of years and there's a lot that people don't know about me that I want them to know. I wanted to make this film because I started to feel like I wasn't being seen in the light that I wanted to be seen in. This is an opportunity to set the record straight and talk about what I've been through and where I'm headed.

Indeed, from the preview released yesterday, it appears that she is at least willing to acknowledge her spectacular fall from grace and surprisingly, she offers a rather articulate – relatively speaking – explanation of what it must be like to be Britney Spears:

I've been through a lot, and there's a lot people don't know. Sometimes it can get lonely 'cause you don't open the gate. I'm stuck in this place, and I just cope every day.

What’s encouraging too is that she doesn’t sugarcoat the wreckage – not that that was possible, but at least she didn’t try to. You know how these f&ckers normally work. There is an excuse for everything. There is an alternate perspective always.

But Britney seems to be willing to own her own crazy, although she does perhaps overestimate her, um, intellectual capabilities:

"I sit there and I look back. I'm a smart person, what the hell was I thinking?"

The clip is clip below and it’s as real as I’ve seen her. Even her voice is deeper, less Mickey Mouse, lower, even a little more grown up. And she doesn’t look as dead in the eyes and numb from overmedication as we’ve been used to lately…

Try not to fist pump. It’s hard not to root for her.

Oh Britney, you’re a phoenix.

But there’s no stopping that sweet tooth. Here she is getting ice cream yesterday protected by her bodyguard who looks like trouble.

Britney is boy crazy. And since she’s now so sheltered and protected, even more so than before, it’s not like she has a lot of options. He must seem to her like French fries on Atkins. And the old Britney would be sleeping with this dude and completely infatuated.

Is the new Britney smart enough to resist? Does the new Britney have better taste?


Let’s not overuse our miracles.

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