The Biography of Britney SpearsBritney Jean Spears is a celebrated American singer and a pop sensation of the 2000s. She ascended to fame with the release of her hit single "Baby, One More Time" in 1998, gifting the world with a plethora of chart-toppers including "Oops, I Did It Again", "Gimme More", and "Toxic".
ChildhoodAmerican pop singer Britney Spears was born on December 2, 1981, in the town of McComb, Mississippi. However, her formative years were spent in Kentwood, Louisiana. Her mother, Lynne Spears, was an elementary school teacher, while her father, James, alternated between construction work and culinary jobs. Britney also has an older brother, Bryan, and a younger sister, Jamie.
Early CareerAfter young Britney Spears had won all possible local competitions, Lynne took her daughter to Atlanta for an audition in the famed TV show, "The Mickey Mouse Club".
For the subsequent three years, Britney attended the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, New York, and participated in various theatrical productions, including "Ruthless!" in 1991.
The Resounding Success of Baby One More TimeIn 1994, "The Mickey Mouse Club" was discontinued, and Spears returned to Louisiana. Her mother attempted to place her in the band "The Innosense," which was managed by Justin Timberlake's mother and Lou Pearlman.
After hearing Britney, Lou contemplated a solo career for the young woman. Although Spears lacked the vocal prowess of Madonna or Debbie Gibson, an idol of the 1980s youth, he discerned in her the primary attribute of a successful pop singer – an extraordinary diligence. An album with 10 trial songs was recorded for Britney.
Pearlman arranged interviews for Britney with representatives from four music labels. However, she was met with rejection from three of them – the trend for solo pop performers had passed, and the peak of popularity was girl and boy bands like the Spice Girls or the Backstreet Boys.
However, Jive Records recognized the artist's enormous potential. Britney was introduced to Swedish producer Max Martin, who had a successful working experience with the Backstreet Boys. Spears spent four months in Sweden to present her album "...Baby One More Time" to the public in January 1999.
The Blossoming of a CareerThe year 2000. In May, the singer's second album "Oops! I did it again" was released, which became a logical continuation of the first disc, but, according to music critics, it had grown in terms of music and lyrics. Only in that year, more than 8 million copies of the album were sold worldwide.
Meanwhile, a fever named Britney Spears is sweeping the world. Teenagers around the world wait for Britney's clips on MTV and adorn their rooms with her posters. T-shirts, dolls, calendars, mugs with the image of the singer are sold out in a flash. Together with her mother, Britney wrote the book "Heart to Heart," where she described her life before fame.
In 2001, Britney became a participant in the Pepsi advertising campaign. She signs a multimillion-dollar contract and becomes the face of the soft drink. At that time, the campaign became the most expensive and large-scale in the history of Pepsi Co. As part of the contract, Britney recorded the clip "The Joy Of Pepsi," in which she takes off her work clothes in an impressive manner.
Two of them went to Britney – in the nomination "Worst Female Role" and "Worst Song," given to "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," Britney's third single, included in the soundtrack of "Crossroads." Apparently, Britney learned from the negative experience and was no longer eager for the big screen. Subsequently, she did not agree to filming, except for cameo roles.
Justin Timberlake: An Unfulfilled Love StoryFeelings between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake blossomed in 1993, during the shooting of "The Mickey Mouse Club." The official romance between them began in 1998. They were iconic star couple: the world's most famous pop singer and the vocalist of the famous N’Sync.
But the scandalous book of Lynne Spears "Through the Storm," released years later, smashed this theory to smithereens. According to Britney's mother, Britney lost her virginity at 14 – with an 18-year-old friend from the local football team. Lynne admitted that she allowed Britney to sleep with Justin.
In the book, Lynne Spears repented for her daughter's other sins. Shocked readers learned that cutie Britney started drinking at the age of 13, and at 16 marijuana and cocaine were found on her plane.
To this day, the true reasons for Britney and Justin's breakup remain a mystery to fans. But the fact that both the breakup was horribly hard for both. Britney doubted that she could love someone else, but asserted that she would rather be alone all her life than spend two days with a person who is not on her path.
Justin was killed by grief and the attention of the press that had fallen on him during this period and during this period he recorded one of his most famous songs – "Cry Me a River."
After breaking up with Justin, Britney stopped adhering to the image of a "good girl". A peculiar watershed was the MTV Awards ceremony on August 28, 2003, during which Britney Spears kissed Madonna passionately at the latter's initiative. Britney also kissed Christina Aguilera, who was on stage, but this shot was cut from the ceremony.
Absolute hits were the tracks "Everytime" and "Toxic." Critics claimed that Britney had leaped over the chasm that separated the "queen of teenagers" and the "queen of world pop music."
Britney Spears and Kevin FederlineThe onset of 2004 proved challenging for Britney. After a hasty Las Vegas marriage and subsequent divorce, she suffered an injury during the filming of the music video for "Outrageous," resulting in three months of convalescence with a leg brace.
However, without batting an eye, he abandoned his family, including his newborn son Caleb, and became involved with Britney, about whom he had previously not spoken too flatteringly.
In October 2004, Britney took a creative break and dedicated her time to Kevin, whom she married in September. She stopped touring, and in lieu of new material, she presented the public with an album of greatest hits and remixes. Together with Kevin, she launched a reality show consisting of five episodes, telling the story of their love from their first meeting to their wedding.
The FallBy the time of her second son's birth, Britney's "mothering abilities" had twice been called into question. She was spotted driving a car with Sean Preston on her lap, let alone in a child seat. Child protective services paid her a visit.
The second time, she came out with her son in one hand and a glass of water in the other. The boy almost fell out of his mother's hands. Britney's awkward movements were captured by the omnipresent paparazzi. Child protection once again turned its attention to Britney's family.
In February 2007, Britney spent a night in a rehabilitation clinic for drug addicts. The next night, the infamous head-shaving incident occurred.
The press reported new scandals involving Britney. Episodes of alcohol and drug use became commonplace for her. Her attack on journalists with an umbrella in hand caused a lot of noise. She commits a series of hit-and-runs, fleeing the scene. To top it off, Britney's manager Larry Rudolph, who had overseen her since her very first album, left.
But there is nothing more permanent than temporary. Since then, James Spears had managed his daughter's finances, and she also had no right to marry without his consent.
The ComebackTherapy, parents, and her agent Jason Trawick, with whom Britney started a romance in early 2009, helped the singer break out of the vicious circle. Britney Spears finally began to climb out of the career pit. She participated in a joint project with Madonna and even recorded new albums.
The album Circus, released at the end of 2008, was well received by critics and listeners.
In 2011, the girl received the MTV Video Music Awards from the hands of Lady Gaga.
In 2012, the singer became the chairman of the jury of the talent show "X Factor," for which the FOX channel paid her $15 million. Her ward, 12-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar, became the silver medalist of the show. Despite the success, Britney refused to be present in the third season. In 2013, the singer recorded the song "Ooh La La" for the cartoon "Smurfs 2" and released the single "Scream & Shout" jointly with rapper Will I Am.
The ceremony was scheduled for the end of 2012, but the singer's fans never got to witness this event - at the beginning of 2013, Britney and Jason broke off their engagement.
The Personal Life of Britney SpearsFollowing her split from Jason Trawick, Britney Spears found solace in the company of David Lucado for eighteen months. Their relationship commenced in early 2013, and according to sources, Britney was profoundly enamoured. However, in August 2014, David was caught in the arms of another woman, leaving Britney's heart shattered anew.
From November 2016, she has been involved with bodybuilder Sam Asghari, who is thirteen years her junior. They met during the filming of the music video for the song 'Slumber Party.'
This was due to a scandal involving Britney's father. James struck one of his grandchildren, which Federline learned about. The court forbade the man from seeing his grandchildren.
The Character of Britney SpearsOn stage, Britney is sultry, provocative, and audacious. In real life, as her close friends have noted, the singer is quite different. Despite her fame, she has always been exceedingly shy. Later, Britney herself admitted that she had been forced to suppress her personality and transform into a completely different person. "You know, like bipolar disorder," she once joked.
By the end of the 2000s, doctors indeed diagnosed her with bipolar disorder. According to her treating physician, the cause was stress: a loaded schedule, failures in personal life, and complicated relationships with her family.
The Battle for IndependenceBritney Spears' most recent album is 'Glory,' released in August 2016, featuring the hit single 'Make Me,' recorded in collaboration with rapper G-Easy. Currently, Britney is working on new material for her tenth studio album, tentatively titled 'B10.'
The anxiety for her father adversely affected Britney's mental health. After undergoing treatment, the singer returned home. Or rather, her boyfriend Sam came for her.
Britney's fans are also fearful that their beloved will once again be exploited for selfish purposes, and her heart will be broken. It is unsurprising that a conspiracy theory emerged among internet users – supposedly, Britney is being held captive against her will.
In the comments under one of her videos, someone wrote: "In the next video, wear yellow if you need help," and in the next video, Britney indeed donned a yellow top. As a result, this coincidence gave birth to the entire #FreeBritney movement.
However, the restriction of freedom did not extend to concert activity – James Spears made Britney perform and pocketed the concert proceeds for himself. Spears repeatedly wished to take a creative break, relax and live her life, but her father turned out to be quite the manipulator, forcing the singer to work.
In June 2021, Britney appealed to the court to escape from under her father's guardianship. At the hearing, she spoke about the "stage cabal," and about the use of lithium, a powerful neuroleptic, which her father forced her to take against her will, causing her to become inhibited and fail several important psychological tests. Britney spoke very quickly, the judge even asked her to slow down several times, but Britney was clearly afraid that she would not be able to tell everything:
My father and everyone involved in this guardianship, my management, who participated in my punishment, – they all should be in jail!Britney's plea was not satisfied. But it's hard to blame her – her lawyer was hired by her own father. The public launched a campaign under the slogan "Free Britney!," which many stars joined, including Madonna who sympathized with Spears. She even suggested another lawyer and even recommended a trusted one – Mathew Rosengart.
At the next hearing, Britney won the right to choose a lawyer independently, and the case moved from a stalemate. As soon as Britney took a new lawyer, James Spears promised to renounce guardianship – in exchange for compensation ($2 million) and guarantees that he will not be prosecuted.
This is hard, but we are not alone. Thank you for respecting our privacy. Soon we will expand our family.
Sam Asghari: Wedding and DivorceIn June 2022, Britney and Sam got married. Amusingly, the celebration was almost disrupted by Britney's ex-husband Jason Alexander (whose marriage to her had lasted 55 hours), who illegally entered the house where the wedding was being held.
Security quickly removed the uninvited guest. In total, 80 people attended the wedding, including star guests: Madonna, who did so much for Britney's liberation, old girlfriends of the singer – Paris Hilton and Drew Barrymore. However, Spears' parents and sons did not attend the celebration.