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britney spearsBritney Jean Spears was born on December 2, 1981 in Kentwood, Louisiana.

The former "Princess of Pop" began her performing career in local productions and church choirs before going on to appear in commercials and off-Broadway plays.

At the age of 11, young Britney joined a 1990's revival of The Mickey Mouse Club TV show, appearing with future teen-pop stars Christina Aguilera, J.C. Chasez, and Justin Timberlake. As a result, Jive Records gave her a record contract in 1994, and keen to promote her Mickey Mouse Club image, began producing such early hits as the sweetly saccharine Soda Pop and Born to Make You Happy.

Spears' perky innocence was short-lived, however, when her racier second album Oops!...I Did It Again entered the album charts at number one and sold 9 million copies.

It seemed good-girl Britney became naughty-girl Britney practically overnight, followed by a series of hits like I'm a Slave 4U accompanied by videos that began to equal and even surpass Madonna in various states of undress. Her off-stage antics were headline-making, as well, when she broke up with boyfriend Justin Timberlake and then married childhood friend, Jason Alexander, in a Las Vegas wedding that was annulled days later.

Her most well-known onstage scene-stealer was as a presenter at the 2003 MTV Music Video Awards - when she indulged in a makeout session onstage with her idol, Madonna.

The following year, Spears announced her marriage to dancer Kevin Federline and hinted at plans about starting a family. However, in 2005 Spears was back in high profile with a new video, Do Somethin' and picked up her first Grammy Award for Toxic in the Best Dance Recording category.

Shortly after, however, Spears confirmed tabloid rumors that she was, indeed, pregnant with her first child and later gave birth to a baby boy, Sean Preston, on September 14, 2005.

The Tabloids Scream - Baby No. 2 - Divorce - Sex Tapes & Crotch Shots

Almost immediately following their joyous birth announcement, however, rumors began to surface that the couple's strained relationship had led to a trial separation. Sources pointed to the stress brought about by the almost $1 million dollars of Spears' money that her husband has spent on outfitting his failed music career.

The pop star again became the subject of headlines regarding pregnancy No. 2, with a six-month pregnant Britney splashed across the cover of the August issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine.

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Bald Britney
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Meanwhile, news of the Spears-Federline split were finally confirmed when Spears filed divorce papers on November 7, 2006 in Los Angeles County Superior Court citing “irreconcilable differences." The reported $1 million divorce settlement, with joint custody of their two children, became final in March, 2007.

The 24-year-old singer sought custody of the couple’s two children, Sean Preston, 1, and newborn Jayden James. Britney Spears also regained her "Web celeb" status with a spate of party photos, published following her divorce news and taken with new party gal pal, Paris Hilton.

In February, a very bald Britney was spotted by a local TV station in an L.A. tattoo parlor - the day after she checked in and out of a Caribbean rehab facility. Spears later reentered rehab in California, but not before going ballistic on a reporter's van outside a local gas station.

Behind the headlines, the star's personal struggles were believed caused by postpartum depression due to multiple pregnancies occuring over a short period of time. The cause is related to hormonal imbalance, with mild-to-severe symptoms of emotional upheaval or even dangerously psychotic behavior.

Spear's reportedly next embarked on a $100,000 makeover with plans for liposuction, a tummy tuck and a breast lift to help relaunch her sagging career. She also sparked a publishing war involving Vanity Fair, OK! and Allure magazines bidding for her promised tell-all interview.

In July, OK! magazine reported that they had won interview rights with an incoherent Britney, which resulted in an on-record "meltdown" and a "disastrous photo shoot".

"Fed Up" K-Fed Gets Custody

Meanwhile, ex-husband Kevin Federline made his move to win primary custody of the former couple's children, Jayden James and Sean Preston, citing her odd behavior and party girl antics.

In addition to twice-weekly drug tests, an LA judge ordered Spears to spend eight hours per week working with a "parenting coach," who was to observe her interactions with her children.

After several court hearings in the prolonged custody battle, Federline was awarded sole custody in July, 2008.

Britney's Big Comeback

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Britney Spears on the cover of Women's Health magazine, 2015.

More hot buzz also surrounded the orchestrated comeback of the beleaguered pop star as the opening act at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards. with a new single, Gimme More, which premiered in late August ahead of a new album, Blackout, released in October 2007.

With her 2007 comeback rated as less than stellar (to put it kindly) "Gimme More" was her first official single since "Do Somethin' " from her greatest hits album released in 2005.

Today, Britney Spears remains on the comeback trail, taking home her very first VMA for Best Female Video award, followed by Best Pop Video AND Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2008. Along with a much-anticipated MTV documentary airing in November, Spears later hit the road on a world tour in spring 2009 to promote her album "Circus" released in late 2008.

In 2011, the 20-something pop star veteran released released her seventh studio album Femme Fatale. which peaked at No 1 in the US, Canada, and Australia, and launched a summer Femme Fatale tour to universally good reviews. Two years later, her eight studio album -- featuring the single "Work Bitch" -- did not share the same fate when Britney Jean became her lowest-selling and lowest-charting album to date.


More about Britney Spears around the Web:



Britney Spears :: The Official Web Site
- All the latest news and tour dates, photos, desktop wallpaper, links to favorite audio clips, an online shop, fan letters and fan club updates.

Britney Spears - britney.com - Jive Records - Her record label pays tribute with a biography, news updates, feature magazine articles, video clips and photo gallery.

Britney Spears - Wikipedia - The complete biography including early childhood career, her rise to fame and recent personal struggles, with photos, audio files, discography, related links & resources.

The Britney Spears Picture Pages - Watch the young Britney grow up in three full photo galleries, including one-stop browsing for the complete lyrics to all her major hits.

Hot Celebrity Wallpaper - Britney Spears - Put her on your desktop available in various resolutions.

 

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