Britney’s first step into the spotlight was when she got a spot on The Mickey Mouse Club. Jessica Simpson almost got her spot, but bombed on the last interview question.
Britney’s hit “…Baby One More Time” made her the first solo artist to ever have a number one album and single on the Billboard charts at the same time as a debut.
Britney starred in the 2002 movie Crossroads. You probably didn’t know the movie was written by Scandal star Shonda Rhimes.
Bringing the pop culture at the time full circle, Britney receives the necklace from hit movie Titanic in her music video “Oops! I Did It Again”. She asks the astronaut, “But I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end?” He quickly assures her, “well babe, I went down and got it for you.” Fun fact: That astronaut went on to become a surgeon!
Britney’s 2001 VMA performance became one of the most memorable performances in VMA history. She danced with a yellow python and was terrified of the snake, even breaking out into hives before the show. You would never know it thought from her amazing performance!
Britney was regularly pitted against Christina Aguilera throughout the late 90s and 2000s. It mostly seemed like Christina throwing jealous shade at Brit saying things like, “It looks like she got (her engagement ring) on QVC,” and “She’s not trailer trash, but she acts that way.” Ouch. PS: You can tell a lot about a person by whether they are Team Brit or Team Xtina.
Justin Timberlake ruined Britney’s virginal image in 2002 by telling Barbara Walters in an interview that he and Britney were having sex during their relationship. Britney defended the decision later saying she thought Justin was the one.
In arguably the most iconic Super Bowl performance of all time, as far as we knew the performance would only showcase Britney and NSYNC. This was prior to everything/everyone being glued to the internet. Much to our early 2000s delight, Eminem, Aerosmith, Nelly, and Mary J. Blige all performed during the show. It’s impossible to watch this performance today and not pine over the late 90s/early 2000s.
Britney is so relatable because she is a total foodie and loves junk food like the rest of us. She has been frequently seen with a Frappuccino and bag of Cheetos in hand. Her favorite southern food is her dad Jaime’s cheesy grits.
Britney married childhood friend Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. The marriage lasted a whopping 55 hours. She later described the marriage as a “joke gone too far.”
Britney had emergency knee surgery in 2004 during the shooting of her music video “Outrageous.” While she is still a phenomenal performer, die-hard fans swear she has not danced the same since.
In 2005, Britney and Kevin Federline filmed their own TV show called Chaotic. The show only aired for a month and proved that love truly is blind.
Britney had her husband Kevin Federline’s Ferrari towed from their home after coming home to his never ending partying. The paparazzi published photos of it loaded up on the tow truck, and Britney fans everywhere could be heard rejoicing. Is this when we die hard fans started calling her Godney? Likely.
Lady Gaga originally wrote “Telephone” for Britney, but she passed on the song. This would have been a magnificent collaboration, just saying.
In 2007, Britney shocked the world by shaving her head. She was also seen going after the paparazzi with an umbrella. This led to the famous meme “If Britney can make it through 2007, then I can make it through today. This meme gets more and more relatable the older I get.