Britney Spears

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Britney Spears
Britney Spears 2013.jpg
Britney Spears, May 2013
Born
Britney Jean Spears

(1981-12-02) December 2, 1981 (age 39)
Net worth$100 million (2018)
Spouse(s)Allen Alexander (m. 2004–04)
Kevin Federline (m. 2004–06)
Children2
Musical career
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer-songwriter
  • dancer
  • actress
  • fashion designer
Instruments
Years active1992–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitebritneyspears.com
britney.com

Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter, dancer, entertainer and actress. She has recorded several albums and has received several entertainment industry awards.

Early life[change | change source]

Britney Jean Spears was born on December 2, 1981.[1] Her parents are Lynne Irene (née Bridges) and James Parnell Spears. She grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana. One of Spears's maternal great-great-grandfathers was Maltese.[2] Her siblings are Bryan James and Jamie Lynn.[3] She was the middle of three children.

She prepared early for a career in entertainment. She took music and dance lessons. She often performed for family and friends.

Personal life[change | change source]

On January 3, 2004, Spears married her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander in Las Vegas, Nevada. The marriage was annulled 55 hours later. On September 18, 2004, Spears married Kevin Federline. They had a son on September 14, 2005 named Sean Preston Spears Federline. On September 12, 2006, Britney gave birth to their second son, Jayden James Spears Federline.

In November 2006, Spears filed for divorce from Federline. In September 2007, Spears lost some custody of her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, to her ex-husband, Federline. At the beginning of January 2008, Spears lost full custody of her children after a mental breakdown. In February 2008, her father took control of her estate. Spears currently has 50/50 custody of her two sons.

Her father Jamie has been one of her conservators since 2008. Fans have participated in a movement known as #FreeBritney to raise awareness about Spears' conservatorship arrangement.[4] In 2021, Spears spoke in a courtroom hearing, revealing that she felt controlled by the "abusive" arrangement, in ways such as having an IUD to prevent pregnancy, despite wanting to have another child.[5] She was also sent to a rehab center and was prescribed lithium.[6] Spears also claimed that she did not know she could ask for this conservatorship to be canceled. In July, Spears hired a new lawyer, who filed a petition for Jamie to be removed as a conservator.[7] August of that year, it was revealed that Jamie Spears showed interest in stepping down as one of Britney's conservators.[8]

Spears stated in 2012 that she has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.[9]

Professional life[change | change source]

Spears appeared on the 1993–1994 season of the children's television series, The All New Mickey Mouse Club. In 1997, she signed with Jive Records. Her first and second studio albums ...Baby One More Time (1999, the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000) became great successes. Their title tracks broke sales records around the world.

In 2001, Spears released her third album Britney and starred in the profitmaking but critically panned movie, Crossroads. She developed a more sexualized image, dancing in little clothing with an albino python at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. She took creative control of her fourth album In the Zone (2003). The song "Toxic" was a huge success. In 2003, she shared a kiss with Madonna at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards that raised eyebrows in the entertainment industry and fan magazines.

Spears' fifth album Blackout was released in 2007.

On September 17, 2013 "Work Bitch" was released as the first single from Spears' eighth album Britney Jean.

In November 2017, her first watercolor painting sold for $10,000 in Las Vegas.

Awards[change | change source]

Spears has one Grammy, three MTV Video Music Awards, and her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has had five #1 songs: "...Baby One More Time", "Womanizer", "3", "Hold It Against Me" and "S&M (remix)"

Albums[change | change source]

Spears has made nine studio albums:

  1. ...Baby One More Time (1999, initially set to release in 1998 but got delayed)
  2. Oops!... I Did It Again (2000)
  3. Britney (2001)
  4. In the Zone (2003)
  5. The Original Doll (cancelled, initially set for 2005)
  6. Blackout (2007)
  7. Circus (2008)
  8. Femme Fatale (2011)
  9. Britney Jean (2013)
  10. Glory (2016)

References[change | change source]

  1. "Britney Spears Biography". People. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  2. Spears & Craker 2008, p. 4
  3. Spears & Craker 2008, p. 211
  4. Betancourt, Bianca (August 12, 2021). "Britney Spears's Father Officially Steps Down from Her Conservatorship". Harper's BAZAAR. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  5. Carras, Christi (June 25, 2021). "Britney Spears says conservatorship won't let her remove her IUD. Is that even legal?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  6. Day, Nate (June 23, 2021). "What to know about Jamie Spears, Britney Spears' dad who star ripped during conservatorship testimony". Fox News. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  7. "Britney Spears' Lawyer Files To Have Her Father Removed From Controlling Her Finances". NPR.org. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  8. "Jamie Spears Agrees To Step Down From Britney Spears Conservatorship". NPR.org. Retrieved August 15, 2021.
  9. Britney Spears' ADHD

Other websites[change | change source]