"I felt if I looked up and caught its eye, it would kill me."
We all remember it as one of the most iconic moments in award show history, but Britney herself remembers her 2001 VMAs performance a little differently.
The singer's highly anticipated tell-all memoir is out on October 24th and ahead of its release, we’re getting a sneak preview of what to expect.
Britney is intent on giving readers a sneak peek behind the scenes of her life at the height of her fame and reveals in her memoir how she felt in that moment, when she stepped out on the VMAs stage with a Burmese python on her shoulders.
“The plan was for me to sing ‘I’m a Slave 4 U,’ and we decided I would use a snake as a prop. It become an iconic moment in VMA history, but it was even more terrifying than it appeared, all I knew was to look down because I felt if I looked up and caught its eye, it would kill me.”
Speaking in an interview with People magazine, Britney revealed the scary thoughts that were going on in her head during the performance.
"In my head, I was saying, 'Just perform, just use your legs and perform.' But what nobody knows is that as I was singing, the snake brought its head right around to my face, right up to me, and started hissing, I was thinking, Are you f---ing serious right now? The f---ing goddamn snake’s tongue is flicking out at me. Right. Now. Finally, I got to the part where I handed it back, thank God."
Despite how terrified she was in that moment, Britney has said that her VMAs performance is one of her favourite moments in her career.
Snake update: I've heard she's alive and well, and that her name is Banana! This makes me smile :)
— Britney Spears 🌹🚀 (@britneyspears) August 19, 2012
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