LOS ANGELES – Britney Spears hopes her two young sons will stay out of show business, she told OK! magazine in its issue due out Thursday.
"I’d love them unconditionally if they wanted to," the 26-year-old pop star said in her first interview since losing custody of her kids to ex-husband Kevin Federline. "I’d just as soon they have a more normal childhood."
As for her sister getting pregnant at 16, "I was shocked a little bit," she told OK! "She’s always been the baby, and now the baby was having a baby. It was mind-boggling."
She also said her recent downward spiral helped to improve her relationship with her parents, Lynne and Jamie Spears.
"God has a way of taking something bad and turning it into something good," Jamie Spears told OK! "If this hadn’t happened, I would never have been able to get back with my daughter and have this relationship I have with these two little boys."
Jamie Spears also told OK! he hopes to end his conservatorship over Spears' affairs by the end of the year and expects her to be sharing child custody with Federline 50/50 in a few months.
Spears also said she expects her new album to hit stores in six to nine months.
"I think it is more urban," she said. "I’m writing every day, right here at the piano in this living room. ... This is my best work ever."
Spears reportedly was paid $1 million for the OK! interview.
Widely panned for her glazed-over performance at last year's MTV Video Music Awards, Spears is in negotiations with MTV to make an appearance at the Sept. 7 ceremony, a spokesperson for MTV said Tuesday.
While the network said nothing is finalized, Spears already is appearing in promotional ads for the telecast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.