Britney Spears is an American singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, entertainer, dancer and actress. She loves to collect dolls and Madonna is her music idol.
Particularly fond of dancing, she began taking dance lessons as early as the age of three. Throughout childhood, Spears was considered a particularly gifted child performer as she competed and won several children’s talent hunt show, as well as state-level competitions.
Britney’s Parents and The Early Days of Her Life
Born in McComb, Mississippi to the delectable American author Lynne Irene Bridges and James Parnell Spears, she grew up under strict religious influences of a conservative evangelical Protestant Christian family. Singing in the Baptist church choir as a child, Spears has always had a knack for singing.
Having developed such an interest in performance at an early age, with her mother showing much support by becoming her number one fan, her future as an entertainer was almost set in stone. Spears’ career began by roles on TV shows and stage productions. She was rejected for being too young to feature in ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’. However, she made it in 1992 at age 12, co-acting with then-youngsters like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.
She was signed to Jive Records in 1997 and went on to be known as one of the few people who brought back teen pop in the late 90s. She released her first studio album in 1999, titled ‘Baby One More Time’. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. She was only 17. It was certified platinum twice. The album’s title track debuted at #1 on the Billboard 100 and sold 500,000 copies on its first day. Some of her popular singles include: ‘Oops…I Did It Again’, ‘Me Against the Music’, and ‘Piece of Me’.
Britney Spears suffered an emotional and mental breakdown back in 2007. Following this, she was placed under conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew M. Wallet. The lifetime conservatorship means that her father would manage her finances, career and even her personal life. Spears has also been a culprit of overspending which is one of the reasons why she was placed on conservatorship.
Net Worth, Music and Tour Earnings
Britney’s music career is very successful. She has sold over 100 million records thus far. In fact, the RIAA ranks her at number 8 among the top female artists in the U.S. Her first album sold more than 30 million copies and is still her most successful album to date. She won a Grammy in 2005 for the ‘best dance recording’ for ‘Toxic’ and a nomination for ‘Womanizer’.
Britney Spears made $14 million via concerts and appearances in 2014. She once made $68 million from a concert tour and in 2012 she made $58 million from touring. Spears has a Planet Hollywood residency which is worth $35 million annually.
Britney had a starring role in ‘Crossroads’ a 2002 film. She starred in ‘Britney & Kevin: Chaotic’, a reality TV show in 2005, where she acted with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. She earned $15 million for her ‘X Factor’ host duty.
Spears has designed clothes for top brands including Candies and owns a couple of fashion labels. Britt’s line of fragrances has grossed over $1.5 billion. She has also released 16 fragrances via Elizabeth Arden. Also, she has an eyewear collection which she endorses.
Among her endorsements include Skechers, Make Up for Ever, Pepsi, Sony, and Candie’s. Her deal with Pepsi is worth about $8 million. She also made $500,000 for product placement in one of her videos, ‘Hold it Against Me’.
Britney owns a mansion worth $6.8 million in Los Angeles. She also has other homes: one worth $570,000 in Louisiana and a 2015 purchase in Thousand Oaks worth $7.4 million. She has equipment and furniture worth $1.6 million. Her Mercedes-Benz G55 is worth $125,000.
It is believed that the value of her wealth is worth over $200.
Britney Spears’ Kids and Sister
Britney’s life like everyone’s isn’t without setbacks. From divorce drama and child support payments, she’s had her fair share of troubles. While her engagement to Jason Trawick was called off, Spears was granted supervised visits to her children with Kevin Federline which she had lost custody of.
Before Federline, Spears was engaged to Jason Allen Alexander, a childhood friend. The couple got married in January 2004. However, the marriage got annulled roughly 55 hours later.
She then got engaged to Kevin Federline, an American dancer she had met roughly three months and some days before. At this time, Kevin had recently broken up with the beloved actress Shar Jackson, which made the entire affair an easy target for the media’s spotlight. To compound the entire thing, at that time, Shar Jackson was pregnant with Kevin Federline’s second child.
Spears and Kevin Federline got married on September 18, 2004. In September 2005, she gave birth to her first child, a son – Sean – and in February 2006, came under serious media fire for driving with her son on her lap, as opposed to in a car seat for children. She mentioned that it had been a mistake and was unplanned as she drove with one hand while holding Sean with the other because she was trying to flee a disturbing paparazzi experience.
In September 2006, she gave birth to her second child, a son, and two months later, filed for divorce from Federline. They finally got divorced in July 2007, with an agreement to share joint custody of the kids which she later lost.
Jamie Lynn Spears is Britney’s younger sister. Like Britney, Jamie has also found a place for herself in the entertainment industry. She is a singer and songwriter but is probably best known as an actress. She portrayed Zoey Brooks on Nickelodeon’s ‘Zoey 101’.
Relationship With Justin Timberlake
The relationship between Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake has been covered extensively by popular media, as they were both open about their private lives both on and off the screens and the stages.
They met just before they got cast together in December 1992 in the Mickey Mouse Club together with Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera and others. Years later, after keeping in touch, they got into a romantic relationship and confirmed the affair in 2000, amidst a lot of media speculations and rumours.
The relationship was shortlived though, as it ended in 2002. In December 2002, Justin Timberlake released the single ‘Cry Me a River’, which was believed to be about Britney Spears and their failed relationship. In the video of the song appeared a model who looked very much like Spears, and the clues in the video triggered rumours that Spears cheated on Justin Timberlake.
While the song was enjoying airtime, and gaining a lot of sympathy for Justin, Britney Spears wrote a ballad ‘Everytime’ in response to Cry Me a River.
Britney Spears has always been known to have a sexy curvy figure, with long feet to compliment her shape. Her feet have earned the admiration of a major bulk of her male fans.
The star is 4 inches taller than 5 feet (1.63 m) and weighs around 53kg (117 pounds). She has perfect body measurements of 35-27-35 inches.