Buried within the pages of the newest People magazine is perhaps one of the most delightful nuggets of celebrity intel in recent memory: Britney Spears is taking math classes so that she's better equipped to help her boys, Sean Preston, 9, and Jayden James, 8, with their homework. Specifically her eldest son, Preston, who will be in the fifth grade and taking pre-algebra next year.
"They go to a really hard school, and this week we had three hours of homework [a night]," shares Spears. "Some of it is hard for me. Next year when [Preston's] in fifth grade, he's going to be doing pre-algebra, and I'm taking classes so I know how to do it!"
Britney, of course, spent the majority of her adolescence dancing alongside Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell in the Mouseketeers for our entertainment and so perhaps did not receive the most thorough education in solving for x.
Most of the interview focuses on the 33-year-old pop star's life at home with her boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, and her kids who she says "come first in my life, bottom line." Truly, the whole clan sounds astoundingly normal. For example, Spears expresses shock at the allowance her son is asking for — "Preston just asked for a high allowance — like $10 a week or $20 a week" — which had ought to be peanuts for a woman whose Vegas show has made $50 million in one year. And for her birthday in December, Spears says that Ebersol framed the lyrics to her favorite song, "Thank U" by Alanis Morissette.
The pop star also reveals that she'd consider having another child, a girl: "I would love a mini-me. That would be fun!" She's also open to giving marriage another shot.
"I believe in the fairy tale," she says. "Love is a hard one. I don't really understand love as far as relationships. With my kids it's just unconditional, and that's hard to find."
Sounds like Spears might be close to finding her happily ever after. The singer was snapped on Thursday wearing a ring on that finger while on vacation in Hawaii with her boyfriend.