MADONNA about Britney Spears: There’s a certain fragility about her and vulnerability about her that makes me feel maternal towards her. There are aspects about her that I recognize in myself when I first started out in my career. I also admire her talent as an artist. (…) I was very privileged in my own life to be able to go to New York, make mistakes, and have scary situations happen to me, make wrong decisions, choose wrong people to do things with, you know what I mean? Without the whole world, you know, putting a magnifying glass on you, and she’s never had that opportunity. What happens is, you make a mistake, the whole world is watching you. They beat up on you. Or, they’re not even mistakes sometimes, it’s just called growing up.