Pink and Britney Spears pose for the cameras during the Premiere for the new Pepsi Music Commercial "Pepsi Gladiators" at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square on January 26, 2003 in London, England.

Pink is reflecting on her early years of fame and how she survived the aughts unscathed. The singer-songwriter told People Magazine, “I signed up for this life. I came into this world very resilient, very relentless, with a sick sense of humor, thick skin and a bleeding heart. So those f—ers couldn’t mess with me. They had nothing on my mother or my teachers. I lived a lot of lives before I changed my name to Pink.”

The artist, who just released her ninth studio album, Trustfall, says that her fellow pop stars weren’t as strong as her in the early 2000s. “People think I was picking on Britney on [my 2001 single] ‘Don’t Let Me Get Me,’ but I’ve always felt like a big sister to her,” Pink says of Spears. “I’m very protective of her, and she’s the sweetest person in the world.”

While they’re not in touch at the moment, Pink adds, “I wish her well. I cover her in light all day long.” Pink’s love for Spears was solidified in 2004 when they shot their famous Pepsi Super Bowl commercial, in which they sang Queen’s “We Will Rock You” with Beyoncé. “What a weird deal that was. What the hell? Like, ‘What are we doing?’ ” she says of the experience. “Also, you’re Pepsi. You’re flying us to Rome to shoot in a fake coliseum down the street from the real Coliseum. Why are we here? We could have gone to Canada. I don’t understand. That’s Pepsi money. For a while, everything I saw that was really fancy, I was like, ‘That’s Pepsi money.’ It was bizarre.”

After working with Beyoncé, Pink gushed that she is “the prettiest person you could ever stand in front of. She glows like a goddess. She’s so f—ing talented, she’s total pro — always has been — and always just the sweetest, gentlest person. So for her to be that sweet, and that gentle, and then that f—ing fierce on stage is insane.”

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