Of all the pop singers of our time, nobody did it quite like Britney Spears. This star was always making the headlines back in the day, and this wasn't always a good thing. Because although she was once one of the most famous pop singers, she was also one of the most controversial. Her life was in turmoil for many years, and beneath the veneer of the innocent, all-American blonde sweetheart, Britney was going through periods of serious mental instability. This manifested itself in many ways, and almost each of these manifestations was caught on camera. That's because pretty much everywhere Britney went, whatever she was doing, the paparazzi were waiting, watching, and snapping pics.
In the end, this means that there are tons of pictures on the web that Britney probably wishes never saw the light of day. And to be fair, the embarrassing nature of these photos isn't really indicative of any major problems in Britney's life. Okay, some were pretty bad. Especially the one where she's smashing cars with an umbrella. But my point is that if the paparazzi is watching someone 24/7, they're bound to catch that person doing some embarrassing things, whether it's Britney or the Pope. Let's take a look back at some of these pictures that Britney probably wants deleted from the Internet.
15 The Famous Green Dress
One image that Britney definitely doesn't want to stay on the Internet is this one. Actually this was part of a series of images that were taken when Britney wore a very famous green dress that just wouldn't stay on her body, no matter what she did. Obviously the paparazzi were very lucky this night because they caught a glimpse of Britney's body and shared it with the world.
But according to Britney, she hates all the attention: "This is the thing: I'm actually really shy. I don't like having my picture taken. I don't like the attention, but it's something that comes with success. I've accepted the paparazzi are going to be there; I just try to wear the same thing every day so I become uninteresting. ... I know there is rude stuff out there, but I choose not to be a part of it. It's all kind of silly."
14 Her Decision To Shave Her Head
Probably the most iconic set of photos that Britney wishes she could delete from the Internet was pretty much every image of her that showed her in her weird bald haircut. This was clearly a troubling time for Britney, and she was going through a major nervous breakdown when she decided to shave her hair completely off. It wasn't long after this that she went to rehab.
Speaking about this breakdown, Britney admitted: “My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself. In that situation, when you’re not in control, you become less excited, and there’s less passion when it comes to music. I wrote back then that I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself. I was trying to please everyone around me because that’s who I am deep inside. There are moments where I look back and think: ‘What the hell was I thinking?’”
13 The Las Vegas Concert
More recently, Britney has made a full recovery from her insane past. She now has a full head of hair, and she's back on the right track again. And she's even making music once more. Nowadays, you can Britney on stage doing what she loves the most, and it seems that even though Britney is stable mentally now, there are some things about her that will never change. Like the tendency for her breasts to break free of her clothing. But hey, I doubt anyone in the crowd was complaining.
One thing that did cause a little controversy, however, was the allegations that she lip-syncs during her concerts. Replying to these accusations, Britney maintained: “Because I’m dancing so much I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it, you know?”
12 The Umbrella Incident
The famous "umbrella incident" was probably one of the lowest points of Britney's career. She had already shaved her head at this point, and things were going from bad to worse, to just plain insane. She was clearly not mentally stable, and when she picked up an umbrella and started trying to break a car window, you knew that she needed rehab. The worst part about all of this, in Britney's point of view, was that it was all captured by the paparazzi, and these images will never go away. Hell, even the umbrella that she used as a weapon that day is being auctioned off to the highest bidder.
Looking back, Britney acknowledges that she was acting strange: "I've been through a lot in the past two or three years, and there's a lot that people don't know. Sometimes I think I get kind of lonely because you don't open the gate up that much, you know I mean?"
11 Another Unfortunate Slip
Here's another example of Britney's inability to keep her boobs in her tops. These breasts seem to have a mind of their own, and seem to break free from their restraints of their own volition. Paparazzi were once again on scene to snap pictures of her unfortunate slip, and these pictures will live for the rest of eternity on the Internet, which is a good thing for people who appreciate Britney's beautiful body, but it's probably not the kind of fame Britney was hoping for. Her two sons will probably Google her one day and find pictures like these. What will they think?
Britney defends her right to go out at night, get a little drunk, and let it all hang out (before her breakdown, of course, because she's now sober): "Yes, I'll go out have a good time. Why shouldn't I? And just like anybody my age, maybe I have woken up the next morning and said: "Whoo....that was a crazy night."
10 Her Acne Problem
If you look at some of the pictures of Britney that have been released by the paparazzi, it's pretty clear that she has a pretty big problem with acne. This seemed more apparent in her younger days, and truth be told she doesn't look the healthiest in this picture. Everyone has their ups and downs in terms of physical attractiveness, but this is one low point that Britney probably doesn't want to have to relive.
Speaking about her appearance, Britney revealed: "I think it's important to look good and feel good about yourself, but I go both ways on it. I think it's cruel how the world puts so much emphasis on our looks. A doctor I see, Dr. Kanodia, does fun stuff to me sometimes -- I've had lip injections before. He has this peptide-based face-care product; it's green and slimy, and you mix it together and put it on your face. It does wonders. You leave it on overnight. Can you tell I love skin care?"
9 When Her Outfit Fell Apart On Stage
There are so many great moments from Britney's time on stage. Her concerts are even hotter than her nude photoshoots, because you never know when her clothes are going to fall right off. Seriously, whoever makes her outfits must be working with some seriously flimsy material, because Her body gets exposed a lot on stage. From nip slips to huge tears down the back of her outfits, there seems to be something about Britney's body that makes it very hard for normal outfits to contain.
Although she might not appreciate fans taking pictures of her during these moments, we sure do. But credit to Britney, whenever this happens on stage (and it's often), she just keeps on going, acting like nothing happened. But sometimes her assistants have to run on and try to fix her outfits while she performs. All I can say is that I want this guy's job.
8 Crying On The Curb
Here's another picture from a low point in Britney's life and career. She was found by the paparazzi crying on the curb, with only her small dog as company. But hey, at least she still had her hair at this point. She was crying over everything that was going wrong in her life, and she later described her 20s as "hell." This was probably due to all the fame she was receiving, and the fact that she was having trouble with her boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, and then her husband, Kevin Federline, at this point in time too.
Speaking about her relationship with JT, she revealed: "We were together so long, and I had this vision. You think you're going to spend the rest of your life together. Where I come from, the woman is the homemaker, and that's how I was brought up — you cook for your kids. But now I realize I need my single time. You have to do your own thing."
7 Weight Problems
Britney is a very brave woman. Even when her body looks like this, she is not afraid to take to the stage and dance her butt off. Obviously her body in this picture is a far cry from her teenage self we all got to know and love when she first got famous. Is this a result of her getting pregnant so many times? Probably. She actually got into better shape since this picture was taken, but I'm sure she's not too happy about pictures like these still being on the web. She obviously looks a lot better than this right now, and I'm guessing she wants pictures like this one deleted.
Speaking about how hard it is to maintain your body after pregnancy, Britney revealed: “I'm doing 90 minutes of yoga twice a week in addition to a lot of cardio — hour-long sessions three times a week with my trainer, Tony Martinez. Dieting is tough… because my specialties are spaghetti, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. I try not to make those too often or I’ll eat the whole bowl of dough.”
This is perhaps one of the most famous pictures of Britney, although it's definitely one that she didn't plan or sanction. Paparazzi caught her at just the right (or wrong) moment here as she stepped out of the car, revealing to the world that she wasn't wearing any underwear. That Paris Hilton must have been a bad influence on her! Small mistakes like these can cause a lot of embarrassment for big stars, and it's no surprise she doesn't want this photo floating around the web. But it's too late now.
But Britney has always been a "free-flowing" person. She is very open about her sex life, and she once revealed: “I love sex. I think sex is great. But I feel a little different about it now that I’m older. Sometimes I feel like I’m 20 and then sometimes I feel like I’m 50. I have always been kind of shy, since I was a little girl. It’s who I am to be modest, so I really can’t help it. I turn into this different person seriously, bipolar disorder. This is all I’ve known all my life – cameras, being followed, being part of the industry I’m not really made for this industry.”
5 Weird Facial Expressions
Britney has always been considered an extremely beautiful woman. But we all have our off days, and Britney is no exception. Obviously there are going to be one or two pictures taken of this star that are snapped at the wrong moment, with the wrong angle, and some bad lighting. That much is inevitable. But although Britney is very attractive, she's also surprisingly strange. We've all seen how weird she can get - smashing car windows with umbrellas, shaving her head, and many other strange acts. Sometimes this weirdness and mental instability can shine through in her many weird facial expressions. This was definitely one of those moments.
But it's not just her facial expressions that are weird. She's said some really weird things in the past. One of her interviews contained the strange quote: "My family, we walked around the house naked. By the time I was 13, my dad was like, 'Uh, Britney, it's time to start covering yourself up.' I'm very free like that."
4 She Forgot Underwear Again
Britney has developed somewhat of a habit of getting embarrassing pictures taken of her by the paparazzi. But can you really blame her? At the peak of her fame, she was followed literally everywhere by the paparazzi. Every step, every moment, and every time she stepped out of her car was snapped and captured by the paparazzi. It was inevitable that one or two times, she was going to forget to wear underwear when she stepped out of the car. Unfortunately for her, those pictures are now on the Internet forever. You have to feel bad for her.
Speaking about how obsessed the paparazzi were with following her, Britney revealed: “There was a time in my life when I couldn’t ever leave the house without 20 cars following me. I felt very alienated from the public. But as time passed, they lightened up and they kind of went away after I wouldn’t come out of the house for like two years.”
3 Picking Her Nose
Here's another example of Britney getting caught in an embarrassing situation by the paparazzi. But hey, at least she's not exposing her naked body in these pictures. But is this even worse? You could argue that and make a very compelling point. After all, letting your breast slip out or forgetting to wear underwear is a mistake. Picking your nose is a choice, and it's something you can control. What a shame that the paparazzi managed to capture this disgusting act. But when you're surrounded by paparazzi, it's bound to happen eventually, right?
She might not be satisfied with the way her nose itches (or her feet, apparently), but she does like her lips, she admits: "I don't like my feet… I think every, no one, not, there's not a single person on this planet that likes everything about themselves, I don't think. But I do like my lips. So that's a good thing. Yeah."
2 Wardrobe Malfunction
Here's another situation where Britney was caught at the worst of times by the paparazzi. We've all been there. You throw some clothes on without really looking at yourself in the mirror, and before you know it your thong is hanging out for the world to see. But while normal people might get away with this without too much trouble, Britney is in a very different boat. Because at this point in her life, she got tailed everywhere by the paparazzi, and they gave her no mercy.
But thongs aren't the only thing that Britney thinks artists show off to the world. According to her, pop singers put out much more of their soul for the world to see than other celebrities: "I think maybe because pop artists or music artists, they put themselves out there a little bit more than actors and actresses, like that's more of you have a disguise on when you're an actor. But you are kinda puttin' more of your soul out there with your music and I think maybe the public feels like they know you. And when that happens it's more of an attachment there and with the tabloids."
1 Pregnant? Or Just Fat?
There are some pictures of Britney on the web where it's really hard to tell whether she's pregnant or just suffering from weight problems. It's something that every mother goes through, and she shouldn't feel too ashamed. It's natural. But whether she actually is pregnant, recovering from giving birth, or she's just gained a bit of weight is anyone's guess.
Speaking about her own experience with pregnancy, Britney revealed: "I see Kim [Kardashian] and what she went through when she was pregnant -- the tabloids were so mean to her because she was big. At one point in the show she was upset and said something like, 'I would be lying if I said that the criticism from the paparazzi while I've been pregnant hasn't taken a toll on me.' And I was like, 'Bless her heart,' because I remember that time. First of all, you are already emotional, and then the paparazzi are taking pictures of you pregnant. That should be the time when your body is the most treasured. I loved being pregnant for so many reasons, not to mention the sex is awesome then."