Britney Spears was born in McComb, Mississippi back in 1981. The blonde beauty was a southern belle who grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. Her successful career was launched in 1992 when she was cast in the Mickey Mouse Club. Although the show (which would be the launching point for some of the greatest singers of our generation), was cancelled, Britney went back home and returned to a “normal” life. At that point, Britney became bored and wanted more.
Britney wouldn’t have to wait too long. After returning home to Kentwood in 1995, it wasn’t long before Britney found her way to stardom. She wasn’t interested in a normal life and instead yearned for stardom. Her talents shined through and she landed an opportunity with her signing at Jive Records in 1997. From there, her life would change forever and the world would officially be introduced to The Britney Spears. Britney would fly high before hitting rock bottom. These are 13 Hot Pics Of Britney Spears Before She Went Nuts.
13. Baby One More Time
Soon after she returned to high school Britney refocused herself on her career. With her mother’s help, they would audition for some of the pop world’s best. It wouldn’t take long until Jive Records came calling. And then, just two years later, “Baby One More Time” would become a calling card for the young Superstar. She would dress in a Catholic school outfit and dance. The combination led to Britney becoming a megastar right before everyone’s eyes. The album and the signal would both go platinum. Sales were insane. The hype was enormous. Britney Spears was a superstar. She would become the most successful selling teenage artist of all time.
12. Britney Hits The Road
Britney Spears went on tour to support her album. Of course, touring and dancing was all well and good but it was her MTV video that helped propel Britney to new levels of superstardom and had her fans going nuts. Her tour was insanely successful for an artist just launching her first official album. She sold out all over North America but it would be her racy outfits that caused a stir. The more successful Britney became, the less clothes she seemed to wear on stage. Britney Spears had more than arrived in the music business, she was now one of its greatest forces.
11. Oops I Did It Again
“Oops I Did It Again” premiered in May 2000, Britney’s second album. It exploded onto the scene. It sold 1.3 million albums right out of the box and became the highest selling album by a solo artist. The tour that followed would gross over $40 million and she followed that up with a book. Britney had truly arrived in the world and her two monster albums led the young star to not only become a massive success, but she prompted the perfect blend of controversy. During this time, she also confirmed she was dating NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake. The two former Mouseketeers were dating and the hype was unbearable.
10. MTV And The Snake
One of Britney Spears greatest allies early in her career was MTV. Her videos caused major stirs. She was vilified in some circles for looking too sexual and dressing up like a young schoolgirl. She shared the same attention that Madonna used to garner when she launched her controversial videos. The comparisons were there and Britney embraced them. So when she appeared on the 2001 MTV Music Awards with a giant snake wrapped around her as she sang, the world new Britney would stop at nothing to shock and awe. The song she sang, “I’m A Slave 4 U” spurred headlines as the biggest pop star sang in a scantily dressed outfit with a caged tiger and that albino python draped around her like a large necklace. Britney was more than just a pop star, she was a world sensation.
9. High School Musical
It seemed like a dream when Britney Spears landed on the Mickey Mouse Club. Her career was skyrocketing forward until the show was cancelled. Left with nowhere to go, Britney returned home. She stepped back to her high school in Kentwood, Louisiana. But going to high school and being a normal girl again wasn’t in the cards for Britney. She grew tired of school. She didn’t want the normal life. She wanted much, much more. “It was like the opening scene in Clueless with all the cliques. I was so bored. I wanted more.”
Britney Spears was clearly a force in music but she had a taste for acting as well. With her career in full swing and seemingly nothing ahead of her but success, Britney Spears appeared in the movie, Crossroads, a vehicle which was created specifically for her and she nailed the soundtrack to boot. The move was a simple but brilliant concept for the young star and capitalized on her already growing success. The film cost just over ten million to make and grossed well over 60. The movie wasn’t Academy Award caliber by any standards, but it was a big financial success and further cemented Britney’s standing as a bankable artist.
7. In The Zone
In 2003, Britney launched her “In The Zone” album. Britney’s album wasn’t just focused on pop music. She was pushing the envelope more and more with more sexual messages. The “In The Zone” album, headed by the massive hit “Toxic” would be a precursor of things to come as life for Britney was getting very intense and her world was getting smaller and smaller. The pressure of the limelight was beginning to wear on Britney as cameras followed her everywhere she went. The “In The Zone” album would be another monster success.
6. Britney Tours Again
Britney went on tour to support the “In The Zone” album and the numbers are staggering. Her “In The Zone” tour brought in massive amounts of money. Combined that with the success she had in the past, a 22-year-old Britney was conquering the world. Her lyrics on the album were no longer “schoolgirl” in nature. She sang about one-night-stands, break-ups, spirituality and a touch of self-gratification. Critics were impressed as were fans. But the constant touring and the amount of money rolling in proved to be a lot for this young superstar to handle. And despite all this success she was about to break.
5. Married In Vegas
Perhaps a cry for help, Britney Spears called an old friend who came to visit her in Las Vegas. Jason Alexander was the perfect shoulder for Britney to lean on. He was a hark back to the normal life she never loved but now longed for. Unfortunately for Britney she got drunk and showed how immature and young she still was. Jason enjoyed his night on the town with the superstar cheerleader he always fawned over. With little thought, Britney did the unthinkable and got married to her old friend at the Little White Wedding Chapel. They eloped and would be responsible for one of the shortest celebrity weddings on record. Lasting just 55 hours, Britney’s team moved in and put it into the madness with the reasoning that Britney “lacked understanding of her actions.”
4. Kevin Federline’s Turn
If at first you don’t succeed, well, you get married again. Britney Spears had tasted this sweet nectar of marriage for just over two days and decided she wanted more. It almost was like a teenager acting out but Britney Spears was a superstar. The world was seeing a young superstar begin to self-destruct. She fell for dancer Kevin Federline. Just seven months after her annulled marriage to her childhood friend, Britney was engaged. She got married just a few months later.
2004 was a big year for Britney. She got married, had that marriage annulled, then got engaged, and got married again, and finally, she launched her first perfume line. With a successful movie under her belt and being anointed the biggest superstar in music, Britney Spears extended horizons. She teamed up with fragrance makers and created her own perfume. She teamed up with Elizabeth Arden to launch Curious, which ended up breaking the company’s first week gross numbers for perfume sales. Now Britney was going to be an entrepreneur. It was clear that Britney’s reputation had broadened into a sellable brand.
2. Baby #1 – Sean
In an attempt to ground herself, Britney and Kevin Federline had their first child together. It was 2005 and Britney was taking a bit of a break from music. She released her first compilation album (at the end of 2004) with a cover version of Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.” She was pregnant and her first son, Sean, was born. Britney thought normalcy would center her and give her what she was missing in her life. Britney’s adjustment was not easy. The world was watching and every step she took was under the watchful eye of cameras.
1. Harper’s Bazaar
Britney was still looking to go her own way. She wanted to take a beautiful sexy photo of herself pregnant and glowing. In 2006, while pregnant a second time, she appeared on Harper’s Bazaar and was completely naked. Her hands were covering the tips of her breasts. Britney was fully exposed and she was loving it. Just months away from falling into a fit of madness, this was the final straw that critics jumped on. Britney was doing what she wanted when she wanted and posing naked didn’t seem to bother her in the least. Her impetuous decisions were catching up to her.
Soon things would spiral out of control, for in 2007, Britney’s meltdown would be complete.