But Allure's editor in chief, Linda Wells, is setting the record straight in her letter from the editor. "Britney showed up for Allure's cover shoot on time and ready to work," she writes in the September issue. And PEOPLE got a first look at the photos inside.
Wells writes that the pop star did display some odd behavior at the shoot. "She was entirely unselfconscious: She took off her wig and then stripped down to the waist, for no apparent reason, before sitting for hair and makeup."
Wells describes Spears as "agreeable and cooperative" during the shoot. And the magazine managed to snap some revealing new photos.
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But that's where the good news ends. As it turns out, Spears never sat for her promised interview with the magazine.
"She missed four appointments for an interview with Allure," Wells writes. The cover story then turned into a first-person essay from the interviewer, Judith Newman, detailing her frustrations with Spears's invariable cancellations and delays.