Since taking the music industry by storm more than a decade ago, Britney Spears has lived most of her life in the spotlight. She’s had her share of ups and downs over the years, but through it all, the singer has managed to come out on top.
Now, with her career better than ever, the pop icon has taken the time to reach out and thank her fans by posting a hand-written message on her website.
In the note, Britney says she's "been through a lot in the past few years," and hopes that her fans will like her new album, which she says is her most personal record yet.
"I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears," she writes. "I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean."
Read the whole letter below.
I haven't sat down to write you guys in SUCH a long time. Long overdue! We're all so used to getting our thoughts out in 140 characters, but sometimes its nice to take time to sit down and write something a little longer and more personal. I am putting the finishing touches on my new album, "Britney Jean" over the next few days and I am so excited for you to hear it. I poured my heart and soul into this album and it's been an incredible journey. I've learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on this journey and for allowing me to do what I love to do. I can't believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but its true and I'm really proud of that.
I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to. Working with people like Sia, William Orbit, and of course Will.i.am has been an amazing experience. They have listened to all of my ideas and helped me bring them to life. There are a lot of really fun, upbeat dance songs, but it was important to me that I show my strength, and my attitude, and my vulnerability. Of course, I also have some surprises for you guys ;)
I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears. I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean.
Hope you love my labor of love!
Love Always, Britney