Britney Spears. biography
Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American recording artist and entertainer. Born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in Louisiana (Kentwood) by her parents Jamie and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney Jean Spears started attending dance class and showed tremendous talent in gymnastics, winning many competitions, but had a stronger passion for singing. When she was 8, Britney auditioned for "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" but was not picked due to her age. After performing as the main character in an off-Broadway show, "Ruthless," Britney tried out for "The New Mickey Mouse Club" for a second time and made the cut. She became a mouseketeer alongside Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Christiana Aguilera and Ryan Gosling.
Her big break into stardom arrived when signed with Jive Records in the late 90s. In early 1999, Britney released her debut single, "(Hit me) Baby One More Time,' which sold 13 million copies and was the top pop hit of the charts for three weeks. Her single gained her worldwide success as well as her controversial music video where the 16 year old is dressed as a sexy Catholic schoolgirl with a bare midriff to top it off. As she toured with the popular boy band NSYNC, her debut album was released and was at the top of the album charts for six weeks. The album continues to sell millions and is 14x platinum in the US. Britney released her second single "Sometimes" in June 1999 followed closely by her next top 10 hit "Crazy" and "From the Bottom of My Heart." At the end of 1999, Britney had sold over 10 millions copies of her debut album, named the Billboard Top Female Pop Artist, Top New Pop Artist, Top Billaboard 200 album artist, and was nominated for two Grammy awards in early 2000.
In 2000, at the age of 18, Britney released her second album "Oops! I did it again" along with the same titled single which topped the charts for 5 weeks. Her other popular singles "Stronger" and "Lucky" were overshadowed with the public's disapproval of her sexually charged message behind the music, especially since she declared she would stay a virgin until she got married and would put on provocative performances at the MTV Movie Awards. Labeled as the "Pop Princess," Britney continued to receive awards and signed a deal with Pepsi-Cola for sponsorship and advertising. At age 19, the media was obsessed with her every move, focusing on her blooming relationship with Justin Timberlake and her growth into womanhood. Later that year, Britney reached the top 10 with her sex-driven single "I'm a slave 4 u" which navigated her away from sweet, poppy music to real, contemporary beats. She followed with her third LP "Britney" which reached the top of the album charts, once again, and broke many records for a single female artist. However, it did not reach the same success as her past albums due to the influx of new female pop singers onto the market.
In 2002, at the age of 20, Britney released "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman" from the soundtrack of her debut movie "Crossroads" (released in 2002). Britney then toured around the world on the "Dream within a Dream Tour," but was not the same, which may have been due to the sudden ending of her four-year relationship with Justin Timberlake. She finally announced she was taking 6 months off but still continued to gain publicity, along with Forbes declaring her "The World's Most Powerful Celebrity." During her time off, Britney could not stay out of the spotlight; admitting she had lost her virginity to Justin Timberlake, drinking and smoking on her crazy nights out, breaking down in tears in her interview with Diane Sawyer.
Britney bounced back when she released her new album "The Zone" in late 2003 even though many found her songs controversial, like "Touch of my Hand" which is about masturbation. It did not stop the album from topping the Billboard 200 album charts or Britney from collaborating with Madonna, her idol, in the single "Me Against the Wall." In 2004, Britney released her biggest single "Toxic" which topped many charts around the world as well as the gold-selling single "Every time." In 2005, Britney won her first Grammy for the single "Toxic" and later announced she was pregnant with her first child, fathered by her then-boyfriend Kevin Federline. Her next career move was a reality show, called "Britney & Kevin: Chaotic," which captured the growing relationship between the two, and eventually worldwide attention and high ratings despite critics' negative feedback.
Recently, Britney obtained a position as one of the judges on "X Factor," a show about finding singers with talent, with enough X factor to make them big hits. Her success continues as the public continues to love her, no matter her problems or bad choices.
Britney Spears Boyfriend, Ex-Husbands & Dating History
Britney met Robbie Carrico when his band, Boyz-N-Girlz United, opened for Britney's '…Baby One More Time' tour. The relationship was made official when they showed up together for the 'Drive Me Crazy' premiere.
1999 - March 2002
Britney met Justin on set of 'The New Mickey Mouse Club.' After a lot of speculation put worth by the media and fans, the two stars confirmed they were dating in 2000. The relationship ended around the time when the media was speculating whether Britney cheated on him or not.
September 2001 - February 2002
Britney was rumored to have had a relationship with Wade Robson, who choreographed her "I'm a Slave for You." This was supposedly the relationship that broke Britney and Justin up and later inspired Justin to write the song "Cry Me a River."
June 2004 - Septmeber 2004
Britney laid eyes on Kevin Federline when he was working as her backup dancer. A typhoon of drama and poor decision making soon followed. Oh, and a couple of kids that both parents were not fit to take care off. This was around the time Britney had a mental breakdown and personality shaved her head.
Britney had a brief fling with music producer Jonathen Rotem but Rotem explained in an interview with 'Blender Magazine' that it was pure sexual.
January 2007 - February 2007
Britney had an intense, short-lived romance with male model Isaac Cohen. They were first spotted power boating near Marina Del Rey, Ca. They both stayed at a $40K a night Hugh Hefner Palm's suite one weekend but later split amicably.
Britney met Howie Day, a musical bad boy, in rehab (Malibu, CA) and planned to go public when she took him to her cousin Erin's wedding. Still waiting...
December 2007 - January 2009
Britney met Adnan Ghalib, a paparazzo, while he was taking pictures of her. The relationship ended when Britney filed a restraining order against him. According to court documents, Ghalib was conspiring to take full control of her affairs.
Britney and Jason Trawick started dating while Jason was still her agent. At this time, Britney was recovering from tons of short-lived, crazy relationships. When reps confirmed they were a couple in 2010, they ended their professional relationship and invested in their romantic one. Jason proposed to Britney on his 40th birthday (2011) with a three-carat diamond ring.