“If you want to hate me, cool, hate me,” Federline, 28, tells PEOPLE in its new issue. “You know why? Because all it’s going to do is help me.”
On Oct. 16, Federline signed on to be the celebrity punching bag – literally – at the WWE Monday Night RAW, where he talked up his album and, amid boos from the audience, got slammed to the canvas by bruiser John Cena. But Federline shrugs off the naysayers. “I know who I am,” he says.
And despite frequent reports of marital discord since he and Spears married in 2004, Federline insists, “Our relationship is strong. … We are going to last a long time.” Now, however, he’s on a campaign to prove he’s more than just Britney Spears’s husband.
On the album, he says, the public will see his “edgy side.” And he’s proud of his acting debut last month, when he played a street tough – a role inspired by him – on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”I shocked myself,” he says. “There were parts that I wish I would have done different, but there are parts that really took me, like, Wow, did I do that? I looked at myself and I was like, It looked good. It looked perfect.”