Spears grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana and began performing as young as two years old. By the age of eight she was spending her summers in New York City, attending the Professional Performing Arts School which led to her appearing in television commercials and in roles on a live stage. And at age eleven Spears became a member of The All New Mickey Mouse Club where she joined an ensemble of Mouseketeers which also included Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. After the show was cancelled in 1993, Britney kept the ball rolling. She made a demo tape that landed her a development deal with Jive Records. And within just two years she released her first single “…Baby One More Time” which is still in most people’s music library’s today.
The release of her first album skyrocketed her fame. After being released in 1999 it sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone. She quickly followed up in 2000 with a second album, Oops! …I Did It Again, which sold 1.3 million copies in one week of its release. The singer set a record for first-week sales by a solo artist. But being as big of a hit like she was came with a cost. And as time went on, the singer found herself to be in the spotlight more often for her personal life for her music.
In 2008 Britney had a very publicized breakdown. She was seen shaving her head inside a barbershop as an attempt to take back control over her life. After all, no blonde hair, no popstar, right? Following that she attacked a relentless paparazzis car with an umbrella which only gave people more to talk about. The “Womanizer” singer was put under a *5150 hold” in a psychiatric hospital for a mental health evaluation. This encouraged her typically absent father, Jamie Spears, to petition courts for an emergency “temporary” conservatorship. He implied that his daughter was no longer able to properly manage and take care of herself while struggling with her mental health. So, for the last 12 years Britney has been under watch of her father. He was given the legal right to oversee and make decisions regarding her finances, health business deals and personal life. And since 2009 fans have been protesting for Britney to get her freedom back.
And while most fans thought that they were doing her justice, Britney is thinking something different.