Known as the present-day pop queen, Britney married back-up dancer Kevin Federline in 2004, and they had two sons: Sean Preston and Jayden James. She filed for divorce from him in 2006, citing irreconcilable differences.
Britney found her way into the entertainment biz after earning a role on Disney's
Britney was voted Billboard's Sexiest Woman in Music in June 2012.
Her 2009 "Circus" tour included various circus-themed sequences, including one where she was sawed in half by a magician.
Britney's fifth studio album "Blackout" became her only studio album to debut outside the number one spot on America's Billboard 200 chart and instead debuted at the very close number two spot.
Britney co-wrote 8 of the 12 tracks from her fourth studio album "In The Zone".
Britney's seventh album Femme Fatale became her sixth album to debut at number 1 on Billboard's top 200.
Britney Spears posed for her first major magazine publication, Rolling Stone, in April 1999.
Britney has grossed over $185 million in merchandise from her tours, the most ever grossed by a performer (male and female).
Britney has grossed over US$350 million from tour ticket sales.
Britney has published four books.
Britney Spears has earned over US$370 million from her many, multi-million dollar advertisement and endorsement deals all around the World.
In 2001, Spears signed a multi-million dollar promotional deal with Pepsi that included television commercials, point-of-purchase promotions, and Internet ties between Spears and the company.
Britney Spears auditioned for the Disney Channel's The New Mickey Mouse Club at age eight.
Britney's Toxic won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.
Britney won the Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of The Year at the 2008 VMAs for "Piece Of Me". It was her first VMA win, after being nominated 16 times.
Megan Mullally, who stars on the TV show Will and Grace and worked with Britney when she appeared on the show in 2008, has said in previous interviews that Britney was very quiet and kept to herself during rehearsal. Then, on the night they filmed the real thing, Britney really came alive and was "hysterical," according to Mullally.
When Britney guest starred on an episode of How I Met Your Mother, on March 24, 2008, it gave the show it's highest ratings ever.
Although Britney was born in Louisiana, she went to Parklane Academy, a high school in McComb, Mississippi.
On February 23rd, 2008, Britney was reunited with her kids after not being able to seem then since January 3rd.
On January 31, 2008, Britney was admitted to UCLA Medical Center and placed on a '5150' hold, the involuntary confinement of a person who is thought might be a danger to themselves or others.
Britney was MTV's "#1 Artist of 2007".
Britney was ranked #3 on Entertainment Tonight's "Hot List of 2007", she ranked #100 on FHM Online's Sexiest 100 Women in the World of 2008, and she ranked #31 on FHM UK's Sexiest 100 Women in the World of 2008.
Immediately following Britney's controversial performance at the Video Music Awards in September 2007, comedienne Sarah Silverman caused a lot of jaws to drop by boldly referring to Britney's two young sons as "the most adorable little mistakes you ever saw," among other things. Britney said she felt very "betrayed" by these comments.
Many of Britney's fans call her "Queen B".
In August 2007, Britney released her own perfume called 'Believe'. The perfume is promoted as a "confident expression of optimism and individuality", and as "a reflection of her soul."
During the late 90's, Britney was known as the "Pop Princess" for all her hit singles including "...Baby One More Time".
Britney has used the alias "Alotta Warmheart" when checking into hotels.
In her first starring role in film, Britney's character was supposed to swear. Britney ordered that the curse words be taken out so not to tarnish her image for the younger pre-teen viewers of her movie.
Britney once requested that writers change the lyrics of her song "Born to Make You Happy". The original version contained sexually explicit lyrics, and Britney felt she was too young to be singing it.
Britney wears size six shoes.
Britney's first single, "Baby One More Time" was initially offered to TLC. TLC declined the song. The song was written by Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg.
Snoop Dogg appears in Britney's video for "Outrageous". The video only appears on Britney Spears' greatest hits DVD.
On May 1, 2007, Britney performed on-stage for the first time since her Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004. She made her comeback performance at the House of Blues in San Diego, CA. She wore a brunette wig, and danced her way through a set that included hits such as Toxic, Baby One More Time and Breathe On Me. Britney's performance had been a secret, with the concert advertised as "the M&Ms" - referring to her change from a Mrs to a Ms in the wake of her divorce from Kevin Federline.
In April 2007, Britney topped a poll of the "Most Foolish Americans". The poll was conducted by publicist Jeff Barge and the 'Opinion Research Group' in honour of April Fool's Day.
In January 2007, Britney launched a new fragrance called, "Midnight Fantasy".
Britney checked out of Promises Rehab Center on March 21, 2007, after completing their month long treatment program.
In mid February 2007, Britney made headlines when she shaved off her hair. The hair was put on sale on eBay for $1 million, by the salon where she shaved her own head. The salon also put up a Redbull and lighter that Britney left behind. A few days after the hair incident, Britney checked into rehab in Antigua, but abruptly checked out after one day.
As of February 2007, Britney has two new tattoos on her body: a pink pair of lips on her wrist and a black-and-white cross on her hip.
Britney is signed to Jive Records/Zomba Label Group.
In 2007, Britney Spears ranked 12th in Forbes "The 20 Richest Women In Entertainment". Forbes estimates her net worth at around $100 million.
Britney ranks as the eighth best-selling female artist in American music history as of January 2007.
Britney has sold over eighty-three million records worldwide.
Britney and Paris Hilton topped Mr. Blackwell's 47th Annual Worst Dressed list. (2006)
While Britney was pregnant with Jayden, her food cravings were so gourmet she is certain he will be a chef. Brit's cravings included olives stuffed with blue cheese, truffles and caviar.
In 2001, Britney turned down an offer from PETA to pose nude for their anti-fur campaign ad.
Britney lists Madonna and Mariah Carey as her idols.
Britney's trademarks are showing her midriff during performances and lip-synching and synthesizing vocals.
Britney's nicknames are Brit and Pinky.
In a close race, Britney beat out Paris Hilton in an Associated Press Poll for the Worst Role Model of 2006.
In December 2006, Britney got a new tattoo of a small black star inked on her right hand. Her younger sister Jamie Lynn, 15, joined her at LA's Devil Doll Tattoo Parlour on the day.
Britney has been told to end her friendship with Paris Hilton if she wants to rebuild her music career. Britney was seen enjoying a string of late nights with Paris after dumping Kevin. She was also photographed on four occasions not wearing any underwear.
A day after Britney filed divorce papers, Kevin counter-filed papers, asking for spousal support and sole custody of the couple's two children.
Following the caesarean delivery of second child, Jayden James, Britney was told by doctors not to exercise for six weeks. Impatient to look slim again, Britney shelled out on a tummy tuck, facial peels and "spot-fat reduction" liposuction.
Britney and Kevin Federline's second child was initially named Sutton Pierce by the press, but his real identity was revealed in October 2006, with his birth certificate stating it as being Jayden James.
Britney and Kevin have provided inspiration for an episode of Law & Order. The drama features a rich young star married to a wannabe rapper who is suspected of murder. Although Britney & Kevin have never been involved in a serious crime, viewers will recognize the parallels. The fictional star is seen almost dropping her baby, then running into a coffee shop to buy a much-needed Frappuccino.
Britney and Kevin's second son, Jayden James was born at 1:11 AM on 12 September 2006. He weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces.
Britney posed nude while she was pregnant for the August 2006 cover of Harper's Bazaar magazine.
Britney shares her birthday with Nelly Furtado, Lucy Liu and Gianni Versace.
The school featured in her "Baby One More Time" music clip is the same place the movie "Grease" was filmed in 1978. Her love interest in the video is played by her cousin.
Britney's name is an anagram of "Presbyterians".
In September 2006, Britney's kiss with Madonna at the 2003 MTV Music Awards was listed at #38 in TV Week's 'Top 50 most memorable moments on Australian television' list.
When Britney gets angry and yells, Britney calls this alter-ego 'Mona Lisa'. Mona Lisa is credited as director for the music video Do Somethin'.
The annual 'Fromage' special on the Canadian Music channel points out the worst or cheesiest music videos of the previous year. For three years running, Britney Spears has won the title of "Cheesiest Video of the Year":
-in 2003, the collaboration with Madonna titled Me Against the Music.
-in 2004, a Bobby Brown cover of My Prerogative.
-in 2005, Britney's directorial debut with Do Somethin'.
In the film Seed of Chucky, Chucky runs 'Britney Spears' off the side of the road, causing her car to explode. Britney was portrayed by a look-alike, and TV spots displayed a cautionary bumper: "Britney Spears Does Not Appear In This Movie". Britney was concerned movie-goers might think she had actually died.
Britney has a song with her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake called What It's Like to Be Me on her album Britney.
Britney auditioned to play Allie Nelson in "The Notebook", but lost the part to Rachel McAdams. She was also considered for the role of Dawn Campbell in "I Heart Huckabees".
Britney has put child safety back on the agenda in California after two incidents involving son Sean Preston. The confusion over which direction children should be strapped into a vehicle has led the state to consider introducing a bill to set this straight. The bill, dubbed 'Britney's Law', would make it illegal for a baby aged under 12 months to face forward in a car.
On May 9, 2006, Britney announced on The David Letterman Show that she was pregnant with her second child.
Britney starred in the The Mickey Mouse Club alongside Justin Timberlake (who is now her ex-boyfriend) and Christina Aguilera (who is now her chart rival).
In early 2006, Britney came under fire for driving when her son Sean Preston was pictured sitting in her lap while she was driving.
Britney hates flying on airplanes.
When Britney first started in 1999, she was often compared to fellow mouseketeer, Christina Aguilera. There were many rumors of them feuding, while none were true.
During her marriage to Kevin Federline, Britney would sometimes sign autographs as "Britney Federline," rather than "Britney Spears".
Britney is 5' 5" (1.65 m) tall.
-Britney is a believer in Kabbalah, a religion that has gained popularity in recent years, particularly with celebrities. Madonna is another famous Kabbalah believer.
-In August 2005, Britney had been eyeing a house in Scottsdale, Arizona, but her Kabbalah mentors told her it wasn't the right time for her to buy, so she cancelled the sale.
When Britney was a child, she used to lock herself in the bathroom and sing to her dolls. After each song, she practiced smiling and blowing kisses to her doll audience.
Britney enjoys shopping at Kitson, a trendy L.A. boutique. She enjoys their outrageous t-shirts.
-Britney built her mother Lynn a house that she dubbed "Serenity" in their hometown of Kentwood.
-Britney generously handed the keys to her Greenwich Village apartment to her brother Bryan
In 2003, Britney was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Other than her singing and acting career, Britney has written two books with her mother, produced a TV-movie and has released two fragrances called "Curious" and "Fantasy".
Britney was offered a place in an all-girl group "Innocence" with her former Mouseketeer Nikki Deloach. She decided against it because she wanted a solo career.
Britney was originally supposed to play the role of April in the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ("I Was Made To Love You") but was unable to get time off to film the scenes.
Britney performed on Star Search when she was eight years old. She also first auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club when she was eight but was turned down because she was too young.
Britney wrote the theme song to her sister Jamie Lynn's, Nickelodeon TV series Zoey 101.
For the movie Chicago, producer Harvey Weinstein wanted Britney for the role that eventually went to Lucy Liu. Britney was also offered a role in Scary Movie but was forced to turn it down, due to concert scheduling. She was considered for the part of Allie Hamilton in The Notebook but was beat out by Rachel McAdams. She also lost the role of Daisy Duke in the Dukes of Hazzard to Jessica Simpson. She also auditioned for a movie called Gordy when she was 13, but turned it down when they offered it to her. She finally made her big-screen debut in the movie Crossroads.
Britney has one Grammy award (won in 2005) and has six nominations: two nominations each in the 2000, 2001 and 2003 ceremonies. She also has had a total of 16 MTV Video Music Award nominations.
Britney set the record as the only solo female artist to have four consecutive albums debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Charts.
-Britney married her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander on January 3, 2004 in Las Vegas and later annulled the marriage the next day.
-Britney and Justin met on the set of MMC
-Britney dated Justin Timberlake on and off-again from 1998 to March 2002.
-While they were dating, Britney and Justin were called the pop queen and king.
-Justin finally broke it off after Britney supposedly cheated on him. His hit song "Cry Me a River" is rumored to be about his feelings for Britney.
-Justin is currently dating actress Jessica Biel.
-Justin and Britney still talk on the phone. She often calls him when she's upset with Kevin.
-Justin called Britney while she was in rehab.
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-Britney was spotted drinking and smoking on several occassions during her pregnancy.
-Before Sean Preston was born, Britney spent more than $100,000 on the nursery for him.
-Britney gave birth by Cesaerean Section on Wednsday, September 14, 2005 at 12:57pm.
-Everyone calls him Preston.
-Britney's friend and reknowned designer Donna Versace has offered to design baby clothes especially for Sean Preston before he was born!
-Britney gained fifty pounds while pregnant with baby Sean.
-Britney's little sister Jamie-Lynn has been encouraging her to start writing songs about Sean Preston's birth.
-In June 2004, Britney announced she was engaged to her back-up dancer boyfriend Kevin.
-Britney and Kevin married on September 18, 2004.
-Britney and Kevin are parents two boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James.
-A temporary custody arrangement for the months of January and February 2007. Britney and Kevin will share custody of the two children. They will continue to live with Britney, and Kevin will be granted access to them for four hours, three times a week,. Kevin has also allowed Britney to take the children to Florida for one-week in January.
Britney: Do I like my voice? Umm... Oh I be completely honest, I think my voice is okay. I like the feeling that I get when I sing, It's not so much my voice. It's a state that I go in when I sing.
Britney: (in 2009) I don't like going out. I hate clubs. I hate being around too many people. I love my home and staying in bed and watching Dancing With the Stars, or reading a Danielle Steele novel. I'm kind of boring.
Britney: (on why she did a cover of "I Love Rock and Roll"): I always loved Pat Benatar.
Britney: (on where she might start her theatre career) I would rather start out somewhere small, like London or England.
Britney: (on Japan) I've never really wanted to go to Japan. Simply because I don't like eating fish. And I know that's very popular out there in Africa.
Britney: (on her taste in clothes) So many people have asked me how I could possibly be a role model and dress like a tramp and get implants... all I have to say is that self-esteem is how you look at yourself and I feel good enough about myself so wear that kind of clothing... the breast implant issue has nothing to do with that...
Britney: (in her documentary Britney: For The Record) Do I know my life is werid? (pause) It's all I've ever known.
Britney: (reflecting on life after her infamous meltdown) In my situation, I try to make it as normal as possible for me - it could be a lot worse. There are people out there who have it a lot worse than I do. I used to be a cool chick but I feel like the paparazzi has taken that away from me, like, the way I used to live my life. I used to be a cool chick but I'm not anymore.
Britney: (on the struggles following her 2008 breakdown) There's no excitement, there's no passion. I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail you know there's the time when you're going to get out. But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like Groundhog Day every day.
Britney: When I was a kid, my favorite thing to do--and I know this sounds really retarded--but my favorite thing to do was go and pick out all my new school supplies for the year. That was so much fun when I was younger.
Britney: (as a teenager, about her mother) I used to know so many girls who hated their mothers, and that used to make me so sad. I wished everyone could have a mother like mine.
Britney: (on her favorite song on Blackout) I really like "Heaven on Earth." I really like the producer. It's different than all the other songs.
Britney: (After being asked about the paparazzi) Yeah. (Crying) It's OK. I would like for them to leave me alone.
Britney: I can't go anywhere without someone judging me.
Britney: (Talking to Ryan Seacrest) You just try to keep on doing what you do... and as long as you know what's up and you know what's true, that's all that really matters, you know?
Britney: I truly hit rock bottom... I don't think that it was alcohol or depression... I confess, I was so lost.
Britney: England is one of my favorite places. The fans are just so crazy.
Britney: I probably did take my new-found freedom a little too far.
Britney: I know I'm a good mom.
Britney: I don't allow anybody to change me. I still walk outta my house in rollers and I take walks. I do not care what people think.
Britney: (Talking about the paparazzi) They've crossed the line a little bit.
Britney: (being sarcastic to a group of reporters and paparazzi) I just want to talk and say, like, how nice our world is. It really is. Like the other day, I saw this magazine and it said I was pregnant. And I went up to my mom and my mom knew, like, she was right, as if I am really pregnant. I went to see, like, this person, on USA Today and they said I was drinking a lot and it was just so true.
Britney: (on her infamous kiss with Madonna) Actually, in rehearsals it wasn't something like 'This is what we're going to do.' It was kind of like we play around a little bit and she said before the performance, let's just feel it out and see what happens. I didn't know it was going to be that long and everything, but it was cool.
Britney: Sundance is weird. The movies are weird--you actually have to think about them when you watch them.
Britney: (after getting plastic surgery following the birth of her second son) My stomach looked like a road map, there were so many lines and creases on it.
Britney: Christina Aguilera and I are friends no matter what the media makes up.
Britney: To be a good mom, I feel your child needs to be your full-time job.
Britney: I always like performing overseas. Like Canada.
Britney: (on her dog Lucky) Lucky is so cute. And you know how the Pharaohs used to get buried with the things they loved? I want to do that with Lucky. She should be laid to rest with me when the time comes.
Britney: I always listen to *NSYNC's Tearin' Up My Heart. It reminds me to wear a bra.
Britney: I've been amusing myself with Preston's clothing. Because I'm pregnant, I'm big and I don't really want to get out that much. I go into his closet and just bleach everything. Preston's just like a rocker kid. Hopefully next year we'll have a fashion show, maybe at Disney World or something like that. We'll have them onstage, and they'll have mini-guitars. Everyone needs a mini-guitar.
Britney: I'm rich, freakin' rich. It's crazy.
Britney: I would like to be called an inspiration to people, not a role model - because I make mistakes like everybody else. When I'm offstage, I'm just like everybody else.
Britney: I wish my hair was thicker, and I wish my feet were prettier. My toes are really ugly. I wish my ears were smaller. And my nose could be smaller too.
Britney: The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff.
Britney: With love, you should go ahead and take the risk of getting hurt... because love is an amazing feeling.
Britney: on becoming pregnant so soon after the birth of her first child.)I was shocked because it was so soon and I was a little scared at first. Yes, I was very surprised. He (Kevin Federline) was a little shocked too.
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