Britney Spears. biography
Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American recording artist and entertainer was born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in Louisiana (Kentwood) by her parents Jamie and Lynne Spears.
As a child, Britney Spears started attending dance class and showed tremendous talent in gymnastics, winning many competitions, but had a stronger passion for singing. At the age of 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 the off-Broadway show "Ruthless," Britney tried out for The New Mickey Mouse Club for a second time and emerged as a mouseketeer alongside Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez, Christiana Aguilera and Ryan Gosling.
Britney's big break arrived when signed with Jive Records in the late 90s, followed by her debut single "(Hit me) Baby One More Time" selling 13 million copies and remaining atop the pop charts for three weeks after its release in 1999. Her single gained her worldwide success as well as its controversial music video in which the 16-year-old appears as a sexy Catholic schoolgirl with a bare midriff to top it off.
As she toured with the popular boy band 'NSYNC, Britney's debut album reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart with its Top 10 hit singles "Sometimes," "Crazy" and "From the Bottom of My Heart" leading the way. At the end of 1999, Britney had sold over 10 millions copies, been named the Billboard Top Female Pop Artist, Top New Pop Artist, Top Billaboard 200 Album Artist and 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 topping the charts for five weeks. The album's 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 while putting on provocative performances at the MTV Movie Awards.
Labeled as the "Pop Princess," Britney continued to receive awards and later 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.
Britney's third LP Britney reached the top of the album charts, once again, and helped her break 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 on 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 before embarking on the "Dream within a Dream Tour" worldwide. Many noticed her uncharacteristic manner and assumed it was in part of her four-year relationship with Justin Timberlake suddenly ending. She finally announced she was taking 6 months off but still continued to gain publicity, including Forbes magazine declaring her "The World's Most Powerful Celebrity." Britney's inability to stay out of the spotlight eventually led to her admitting she had lost her virginity to Justin Timberlake, drank, smoke and partied hard in an interview with Diane Sawyer.
Britney quickly bounced back with the released of her next album The Zone (2003) despite getting criticized for her controversial, masturbation-inspired single "Touch of my Hand." The backlash, however, did not stop the album from topping the Billboard 200 chart nor Britney from collaborating with Madonna, her idol, in the single "Me Against the Wall." In 2004, she released her biggest single "Toxic," which topped many charts around the world and earned Britney her first Grammy in 2005.
That same year, Britney announced she was pregnant with her first child, fathered by her then-boyfriend Kevin Federline. The two went on to star in their reality show Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, which captured the growing relationship between the two and eventually resulted in worldwide attention and high ratings despite critics' negative feedback.
Britney’s life soon began to deteriorate in early 2006, starting with the icon singer being photographed driving with her son Sean on her lap. She then welcomed her son Jayden in September prior to filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences in November. Soon after the ex-couple agreed to sharing joint custody, Britney entered a salon in Tarzana, Los Angeles, and shaved her, resulting in a temporary stay at a treatment facility.
The pop was able to recover her career with the release of her fifth album Blackout (2007), but later returned to a destructive state of mind when she refused to give up her sons to Federline’s reps, which landed her at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in January 2008. The incident was followed by Britney losing her visitation rights, being committed to the psyc ward of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and placed under temporary conservatorship.
Britney officially returned to music when her sixth album Circus debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album’s lead single “Womanizer” later earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording while her seventh album Femme Fatale (2011) went on to sell 1 million copies nationwide and 2.2 million worldwide.
In May 2012, Britney obtained a position as one of the judges on the second season of X Factor as well as a $15 million salary, but opted out of the third season.
Most recently, the pop princess released her first single "Work Bitch" off her eight album and landed her own, two-year show at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Britney Spears Boyfriend, Husband, Fiancé & Dating History Timeline
1999 – 1999
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 – 2007
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; Sean Preston (b. September 2005) and Jayden James (b. September 2006). This was also around the time Britney had a mental breakdown and shaved her head.
The two later divorced in July 2007, citing irreconcilable differences.
2007 - 2007
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.
March 2007 – March 2007
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.
January 2009 – January 2013
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 a romantic one.
On December 15, 2011, Jason proposed to Britney with a three-carat diamond ring. Unfortunately, the two announced their breakup in January 2013.
February 2013 – Present
According to sources, Britney met David Lucado through a mutual friend soon after her split from Trawick.