Her parents are James Parnell Spears, a building contractor , and Lynne Irene Bridges born , a former grade school teacher. Spears' brother, Bryan born , is one of her managers , and her sister, Jamie-Lynn born , is an actress and singer. Spears was an accomplished gymnast, attending gymnastics classes until age nine and competing in state-level competitions. She performed in local dance revues and her local Baptist church choirs, and was auditioning for the Disney Channel 's The New Mickey Mouse Club by the time she was eight.
Although she was considered too young to join the series at the time, a producer on the show introduced her to a New York agent. Spears subsequently spent three summers at NYC's Professional Performing Arts School and also appeared in a number of off-Broadway productions, including 's Ruthless!.
In , she landed a spot on Star Search , and though she won the first round, she lost in the second her opponent would later appear on a episode of the game show I've Got a Secret with his "secret" being the win against Spears. She was featured in the — seasons from the ages of 11— She performed several backflips for the New Mickey Mouse Club , which she would later repeat for the " Baby One More Time " video. Finally, once Spears was not part of the group, she could go as a solo artist in A few years later, Spears recorded a demo tape , which landed in the hands of Jive Records.
Early commercial success Spears clad in a provocatively modified Roman Catholic school girl's uniform in the video for " Towards the end of , Spears' debut single " Led by a music video that featured the 1.
Released in early , her debut album Spears was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone  magazine in April The photo shoot triggered widespread speculation denied by her representatives that the still-seventeen-year-old had opted to have breast implants. That summer, she kicked off her first headlining tour, the Baby One More Time Tour. By late , Spears had become one of the year's biggest stars, a claim backed-up by the amount of award nominations she received that season.
I Did It Again broke a record for selling over 1. I Did It Again ", was released. The song broke a record for most radio station adds in a single day  and quickly became a U.
Released in May , the album Oops! I Did It Again debuted at number one in the U. Concerning both musical content and sales, the album was very similar to Spears' debut, although it fared better with critics. Twain, arguably the most successful female in terms of album sales and exposure in the late 90s, contributed her adult brand of country-crossover infusion to the record.
The lyrics of the song also pay homage to fellow blonde superstar Madonna , as in "come on baby, come on darling," an obvious ode to Madonna's " Borderline. During a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards , she ripped off a black suit to reveal a provocative nude-colored and crystal-adorned outfit that generated controversy due to her young age.
At the Grammys, her two nominations were for Oops! In September of the same year, she performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, and in addition to criticism for being scantily clad, she angered animal rights organization PETA for the use of animals, including an albino python , in her performance. In November, she released her third album Britney. It debuted at number one on both the U. The success of this album made Spears the only female artist in SoundScan history to have her first three albums debut at number one.
Although four million copies of the record have been sold in the U. Britney was the first album on which Spears assumed some creative control; she co-wrote five of the album's tracks.
In reality, they were both alive and well and had not been in any car wreck. The next month, Spears' four-year relationship with Justin Timberlake ended. The break-up was publicized, with rumors circulating that Spears had been unfaithful. Timberlake himself left the impression that she had cheated on him through his song " Cry Me a River ", and its subsequent music video. In response to this, Spears later said, "I'm not technically saying he's wrong, but I'm not technically saying he's right, either.
Spears later acknowledged this to be true, saying, "It was two years into my relationship with Justin, and I thought he was the one. But I was wrong! It was not a success and closed the following year but Spears apparently had very little to do with management. In Spears received at least some good news when Forbes named her the most powerful celebrity in the world. Spears and Aguilera performed Madonna's song " Like a Virgin ", danced suggestively and each locked lips with Madonna. Spears' kiss with Madonna attracted publicity that lasted several months, while Aguilera's kiss with Madonna attracted less publicity.
In , Britney Spears began studying Jewish mysticism, also called Kabbalah , and became a member of the Kabbalah Centre after having been introduced to Jewish mysticism by friend and mentor Madonna. Britney previously had a Kabbalah-inspired Hebrew tattoo inked onto her neck that was proved to be meaningless in an incident that was her second tattoo-related mishap; in the first, she had Japanese characters inked onto her leg that she thought to mean "mysterious" - it actually said "strange.
Jettisoning the Max Martin -produced synthpop of her earlier releases, the album took in lesser-known producers such as RedZone and big names including Moby and R. Spears co-wrote nine of the album's thirteen songs and co-produced some of her material for the first time.
In the Zone went to the top of the U. This made Spears the only female in music history to have her first four albums debut at number one. The album spawned the international number one and U. Spears wore jeans and a baseball cap and the bellhop walked her down the aisle. The annulment request stated that Spears "lacked understanding of her actions to the extent that she was incapable of agreeing to marriage because before entering into the marriage the Plaintiff and Defendant did not know each other's likes and dislikes, each others' desires to have or not have children, and each other's desires as to State of residency".
She was taken to an undisclosed hospital, where she received an MRI that showed floating cartilage in her knee. Their whirlwind romance sparked criticism due to the fact that Federline had very recently been in a relationship with actress Shar Jackson , who was still pregnant with their second child.
On the night of September 18 , , Spears married Federline before twenty-seven guests in a surprise, non-denominational ceremony at a residence in Studio City, California. The legitimacy of the marriage was initially questioned, but on November 18 , , a representative of the Los Angeles County registrar's office confirmed Spears and Federline had successfully filed their marriage license with the county within ten days of their ceremony, and were therefore legally married.
The exact sequence of events surrounding the marriage took a further turn for the unusual when it was later revealed by the website The Smoking Gun that the wedding ceremony that occurred on September 18 was a "faux" ceremony  , and that the real date of the start of their wedding was October 6 , According to some reports, Spears initially refused to sign a prenuptial agreement with Federline but her family and manager Larry Rudolph forced her to sign the prenup.
A short time after the wedding, Spears fired Rudolph for allegedly interfering with her marital affairs. After initially spending their honeymoon in Spears' hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana , Spears wrote on her official site that, "Unfortunately, we couldn't take our honeymoon right after the wedding because of the closing on our new house.
During the later half of , Spears announced she would be taking another career break in order to start a family. Immediately after her marriage to Federline, she had told People , "I want to be a young mom.
Next year, at 23, I'm so there. Curious was named the best selling perfume of In April , Spears released a third fragrance Curious: The perfume was limited edition and has sold well since its release.
Spears will launch another perfume, Midnight Fantasy, in the near future. Spears' first hits collection, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative , was released in late The album debuted at number four on the U. In addition to her biggest hits, it featured three new songs, including " My Prerogative " and " Do Somethin' ".
Chaotic , premiered on MTV in the U. The five-episode series credited Spears and Federline as executive producers. Chaotic was panned by most critics and between million people watched the shows 5 episodes. The series was later released on DVD in September The DVD included a bonus music disc which featured her newest song and music video at that point in her career, " Someday I Will Understand ". Spears announced her pregnancy via her official website in April That month she was rushed to a hospital in Destin , Florida , where she spent forty-eight hours under a doctor's surveillance.
I don't know why. But I hope so. I don't want to go through the pain". On September 14 , , 6 lb. Two days later, Spears and her son were released from the hospital and back at home in their 9,sq. The Birth of Sean Preston, which was unveiled in March The statue features an idealised Spears giving birth in a provocative pose while hunched on all fours and clutching a bearskin rug.
Controversy was further stoked by it being partly supported by the Manhattan Right to Life Committee. It has also sparked controversy as Spears gave birth by caesarean section , unlike the natural birth depicted in the statue. Since the birth of her first child, Spears' career had remained relatively low-profile. In November , Jive released a remix album entitled B in the Mix: It lacked promotion of any kind in the U.
The remix album spawned the international and U. The remix album was more successful overseas and has since sold over a million copies. In response to the controversy over her driving with her infant son unrestrained in her lap, Spears told The Today Show 's Matt Lauer that, "I did it with my dad.
I'd sit on his lap and I drive.