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10/18/2013 04:24 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Britney Spears Says 'Work B--ch' Is 'In Respect To The Gays'

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Britney Spears' latest single, "Work B--ch," is apparently "in respect to the gays," y'all.

The superstar sat down with gay U.K. talk show host Alan Carr for an episode of "Chatty Man," and during the interview, the 31-year-old opened up about using the word "b--ch" in her new track. Spears said the term is a reference to her gay following.

"I don't call everyone … that word. I just use it as, it's like in respect to the gays as a term of endearment," she said. "It's like a street slang for everyone, you know, like you get to work, that's what you do when you get to work and it's, like, cool."

Befuddling or not, the fact that she acknowledges the word as a term of endearment speaks volumes when coupled with the fact that will.i.am previously told Billboard that "Work B--ch" is "a reflection of Britney more so than the album," adding that the song is intended "to keep the foundation on what Britney represents."

"You can't always be dictated by what the fan base demands, because it means that the artist probably won't grow," he also said. "You have to have one foot in 'I want to honor the fan base,' and then the other foot in 'Let's see this potential where we can go.' And hopefully, the fans -- if we mind the chatter -- will accept and appreciate where we ended up."

Earlier this month, Spears gave another shout-out to the gays during an interview with San Francisco's 99.7 NOW FM. When asked about the influence the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community has had on her music, she said, "A lot of my hair stylists and my beauty team that I work with are gay so I hang out with gays a lot and I just think they're adorable and hilarious."

Her support for the LGBT community dates back years.

In 2011, she told Out magazine she would love her sons "no matter what," were either to come out as gay. She also said she supports same-sex marriage because "everyone should be treated equally." Last year, she comforted a gay "X Factor" contestant who came out to her during his audition.

Spears' full interview with Carr airs Friday at 10 p.m. on the U.K.'s Channel 4.

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