If you are a fan of Britney Spears, or even if you are not, there are undoubtedly some things you wish you would never have to hear again about her. By now, everyone on the planet is sick and tired of hearing about her partying and various transgressions while partying that happened eons ago. It seems as though Britney, who once spiraled out of control, has turned a new leaf in her life. She will always be news, but it is probably time that the vultures left her the hell alone.
Britney Spears became a pop icon in 1999 when she burst onto the music scene, and she has been at the forefront of tabloids and Hollywood gossip ever since. Eventually, it led her to have a mental breakdown and make several questionable life choices. She appears to be relatively stable and/or normal now, though. But even so, her past will likely be dredged up again and again for the rest of her life.
These 15 tidbits are the things Britney fans are just plain bored of hearing about. It is good that she is in a better place in life now, but we almost wish she would do something newsworthy to give people something else to talk about. There are only so many ways you can say the same things about a person, and it is getting old. So spread the word, people; leave the poor girl alone and stop talking about everything on this list. In other words, get a life.
15. Her Shaved Head
In 2007 (one whole decade ago, people!) Britney Spears infamously shaved her head, and other than being a pop princess, it is probably the most famous thing she has ever done in her life. In fact, people are still talking about it! On February 16, 2007 (so pretty close to exactly 10 years ago), Britney shocked the world and shaved her head bald. The reasons behind this are still a bit unclear, but it came after a period of time in which she was clubbing with Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton in late 2006. They were no doubt bad influences, but there is also speculation it could have been a postpartum issue; she’d had two babies in one year, and at the time, her youngest was just five months old. But the most popular rumor is that it had everything to do with the pressures of being a teen pop idol.
14. Her Custody Battle
Another big thing in Britney’s life that overshadowed everything else is her very public divorce from Kevin Federline. Also very far in the past, Britney still cannot seem to get out from under it. In 2006, the couple filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. This of course, led to a bitter custody battle over their young sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James. There was a lot of back and forth, many rumors, and overall it was a sad story much too personal to be played out for the world to see. Nevertheless it was (and still is, to some extent). First Kevin, her backup dancer ex, got sole custody. Then Britney herself got custody back, and it was all a big mess, one that frankly fans and non-fans a like are sick of hearing about. All anyone cares about- or all anyone should care about- is that Britney and her boys are doing well.
13. Her Choice of Husband
And for that matter, people still talk about her choice of husband in Kevin Federline, as well. In 2008 she admitted that she married Federline for the wrong reasons, but people still harp on them both, him for being a gold-digger, and her for falling for the “white-trash” backup dancer-turned-rapper in the first place. The two were married only five months after they met, and exactly one year later, their first child was born. It was Kevin’s third child, and when he’d met Britney, his ex Shar Jackson was still pregnant with their second child together. All that baby mama drama probably should have steered Britney clear, but she did it for the “idea of everything”. Kevin was her second husband after having married her childhood friend Jason Alexander nine months prior and having it annulled 55 hours later.
12. Driving with Her Baby Not in a Car Seat
Yet another transgression from that awful period in her life in 2006 was the car seat incident, just one more thing Britney cannot seem to get out from under. In November of that year, she was photographed driving with her three-month-old son on her lap, and she says the reason for it was a “horrifying, frightful encounter with the paparazzi.” She was holding the baby with one hand, the wheel with the other, and there was someone sitting next to her in the front seat. While Britney alleges she was afraid for the safety of both herself and her child and felt the need to get away from the paparazzi as fast as possible, the photographer tells a different story. He says the photos were taken in a peaceful context, in which photographers exhibited no aggressive behavior. He said, she said.
11. Her Bad Parenting
Now 35, Britney Spears was in her early twenties when she had both of her sons, which is by no means the youngest mother we have heard of. But she was more prone to being reckless and making bad choices than she would have been if she had been an older mother like she is now. Driving a car with a baby on her lap, for example, falls under bad parenting, but so do many of Britney’s other actions, according to a parenting coach that was ordered to evaluate Britney’s parenting skills during the custody battle. This coach, Lisa Hacker, then of course ran and blabbed to the press about it. Ms. Hacker said that Britney rarely engaged with her children at all. Britney would smoke in front of her kids, even leaving the butts where her toddlers could reach them, and one of her boys went to the hospital after falling from his high chair. The judge found her to be a habitual drug user, too, only further proving to the media and the world that Britney should forever be labeled a bad mother.
10. Her Hard Partying
Along the lines of bad parenting is all the hard partying Britney was known for around the time her life was falling apart. The timing is no coincidence, of course, as her partying was not helping her life, and her life was not helping her to not want to party. But this was a decade ago and some people cannot seem to get over it. Out clubbing with the likes of notorious party girls like Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton, it is no wonder Britney got into trouble. Especially in the later part of 2006, when Britney had a newborn at home, she was hanging out with those girls and hitting up night clubs quite often. Paris and Lindsay were the closer of the three friends, and they made headlines frequently with their antics. But when Britney joined in on the fun, she made headlines of her own, and to this day people talk about those crazy days in 2006.
9. Going Commando
Unfortunately, during her craziest years, Britney made a habit of going commando, as in, sans panties. For some reason, she decided to do this while wearing dangerously short skirts and dresses, and it is not surprising then, that she got caught. More than once. The paparazzi were always hounding her anyway, but especially when she made it so easy to get the money shots. Even in 2012, well past her hard partying days, Britney flashed photographers without any panties! This happened at the Fox Upfront in New York City after announcing her $15 million deal with X Factor to be a judge. It was a reminder of days past for Britney. But maybe it was never a phase, after all; maybe she simply enjoys feeling the freedom of going bare. Who knows?
8. Rehab Queen
It seems like everyone and their mother in the Hollywood circuit has been to rehab for one thing or another, and often more than once. Britney is not surprisingly a repeat offender, but it was like forever ago. Or was it? As late as 2015, Britney checked into rehab for addiction to the drug Vyvanse, which she had been prescribed for ADHD. But in earlier years, she did several stints in various rehabs, too. She checked in for drug addiction, substance abuse, and behavioral issues. One of the rehabilitation centers she reportedly went to was called Promises Rehabilitation Clinic in Malibu. It has been speculated that she may suffer from some sort of mental disorder such as bipolar disorder, although a diagnosis is not confirmed. The more likely scenario is that people won’t leave her alone and it literally drives her insane.
7. The Letter
In a 2007 online letter, Britney Spears admitted that she was “so lost”. She spoke of some of her personal struggles surrounding her recent divorce and stint in rehab not in an interview but in an emotional letter posted to her website. In it, she talks about how she was dealt a raw deal by the press, and that all she wants is for her kids to have a happy childhood. Some of her words included the following: “I truly hit rock bottom. Till this day I don’t think that it was alcohol or depression. I was like a bad kid running around with ADD. I had a manager from a long time ago come in and try to direct me and my life after I got my divorce. I was so overwhelmed I think that I was in a little shock too. I didn’t know who to go to. I realized how much energy and love I had put into my past relationship when it was gone because I genuinely did not know what to do with myself, and it made me so sad. I confess, I was so lost.”
6. Hit and Run
Given all of the above, it is not too shocking that in 2007, Britney was charged with a hit-and-run causing property damage and driving without a valid license. On August 6, 2007, Britney made a wide, right turn into a parking space and scraped another car’s bumper. It took place in a store parking lot, and was caught on video by a celebrity photo agency. Since Britney had never been issued a California driver’s license, she was also charged with that. Both charges are misdemeanors, luckily for her. Britney is no stranger to driving issues; she was frequently pulled over in the past and was cited for an invalid license. In California, drivers must get a California driver’s license within 10 days of becoming a resident.
5. The Umbrella Incident
One of the more bizarre Britney instances, which is up there with shaving her head, is the umbrella attack. It took place around the same time as her other strange behavior that included new tattoos, the shaved head, and all the partying. In February of 2007, the pop star assaulted a photographer’s car with an umbrella. This happened shortly before she checked into rehab, and just after a visit to her ex-husband Kevin Federline’s house. Britney explains her unexplainable actions like this: “I apologize to the pap for a stunt… was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn’t get the part.” No one really believed this, of course, and people still talk about that odd day.
4. Her Pregnant Teen Sister
Right in the middle of all the Britney drama in December 2007, another Spears caused some uproar of her own. I am talking about Britney’s little sister Jamie Lynn Spears, who was 16 at the time and had just announced her pregnancy to the world. Being a mother at 16 is not unheard of by any means, but it is definitely not ideal, and it is news-worthy when that teen mom is the younger sibling of a world-renowned pop star like Britney. As if they needed more to judge her for, and as if Britney needed any more stress at that time, the story spread like wildfire. Now, Jamie Lynn’s daughter Maddie is eight and made headlines in recent weeks because she was injured in an ATV accident. Maddie was stable but in critical condition. She is still recovering.
3. Wardrobe Malfunction
Really, what celeb has not suffered an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction or two? But if you are Britney Spears, that little slip is major news. Her X-rated wardrobe malfunction was of the nip-slip variety. Her boob literally fell out during a live performance, and get this- it was just the other day! Performing her show in Las Vegas to a sold-out crowd, she was doing a tricky dance move when her boob just popped right out for all the world to see. It was later revealed that a dancer had grabbed the wrong part of her top, and the incident was caught on camera by a fan. But I mean, it’s a boob. Who really cares? Hopefully this “news-worthy” moment will fade into obscurity soon, but it is not likely since the boob belonged to Britney. But honestly, snore.
2. The Kiss With Madonna
Remember the time Britney Spears and Madonna kissed onstage during a performance at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City? Of course you do, because it was one of those moments that went down in pop culture history. Meaning it will always be talked about, even though it was not that spectacular. In the middle of a performance of a medley of hits that night, Madonna surprised the world by kissing Britney, and it was all anyone could talk about. Britney was dating Justin Timberlake back then, and when the camera showed his face, he looked confused. Madonna later kissed Christina Aguilera during the performance, but it was the Britney-Madonna kiss that made news. I suppose Madonna does what Madonna wants, and that night, she wanted her some Britney!
1. All of Her Men (and Women)
Britney Spears is not one of those lucky ladies who found The One right away in life and proceeded to live happily ever after with him. Most of us are not that lucky. But living her life in the spotlight while dating a series of men (and marrying two of them), Britney’s love life has been quite exposed. Here are some of her former flames that we have no need to hear any more about (but always will because she is Britney): Reg Jones, Jason Geddert, Justin Timberlake, Tom Brady, Fred Durst, Columbus Short, Jason Alexander, Kevin Federline, J.R. Rotem, Daimon Shippen, Isaac Cohen, Howie Day, Jason Sundahl, Criss Angel, Adnan Ghalib, Jason Trawick, David Lucado, Charlie Ebersol, Harry Morton, Sam Asgari, various random and intermittent hotties, and then all of the women she kissed. Whew! That is quite the list!