The Unraveling of Britney Spears

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  • Britney the Mouseketeer

    Britney the Mouseketeer
    In December 1992, Britney is cast in The Mickey Mouse Club, a wholesome variety show that jumpstarts the careers of fellow mouseketeers Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell, and Ryan Gosling. After the show is cancelled, Britney moves back home to Kentwood, Louisianna to attend high school and pursue a singing career with the help of manager Lou Perlman.
  • "Hit me Baby One More Time"

    "Hit me Baby One More Time"
    Released by Jive Recors, "...Baby One More Time" received mixed reviews but was extremely successful on the charts. Spears released 5 singles off of the album, which went on to sell over 9 million copies and was certified 14 times platinum.
  • Britney's First VMA Performance

    Britney's First VMA Performance
    Watch the performance here Seven months after the release of her debut album "...Baby One More Time" and with three chart-topping singles under her belt, Britney performs live with N*Sync at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. This is the first of many show-stealing Britney VMA performances, which, when watched in succession, track the pop star's transformation from sex pot to drunken mess.
  • Britney Strips at the 2000 VMAs

    Britney Strips at the 2000 VMAs
    Watch the performance here While performing a mashup of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and "Oops I Did It Again," Spears rips off a sequinned tuxedo to reveal flesh-colored, sparkly pants and bra, which for a millisecond, have the entire coutnry thinking, "Oh my God, she's naked."
  • Briney's a Slave at the 2001 VMAs

    Briney's a Slave at the 2001 VMAs
    Watch Britney's performance here A month before releasing her third studio album "Britney," Spears performs the album's first single "I'm a Slave 4 U." While singing and gliding around a steamy garden setting with dancers in tiger outfits surrouding her, she carried a live green python around her neck. Teenage boys everywhere were pleased, but PETA wasn't.
  • Britney and Justin Break Up

    Britney and Justin Break Up
    Justin On Britney: 'I Was Infatuated'"If you ask me, Justin Timberlake was Britney Spears’ silver lining. Once they went kaput it all went downhill for Britney." - Natalia Bula, andPop blog writer
  • Girl-on-Girl Action at the 2003 VMAs

    Girl-on-Girl Action at the 2003 VMAs
    Watch the performance here Britney's most provocative VMA performace? In 2003, she sang "Like a Virgin" with Christina Aguilera and Madonna, and locked lips with the latter. The kiss raised eyebrows in the audience, including those of Britney's ex Justin Timberlake.
  • K-Fed and Britney Get Hitched

    K-Fed and Britney Get Hitched
    After five months of dating, 22-year-old Britney Spears and 26-year-old Kevin Federline -- a rapper and back-up dancer -- get hitched in a non-denominational ceremony in California. Sources say Britney paid for her $40,000 ring, the men in the wedding party wore matching warmup suits marked "Pimps," and guests ate friend chicken at the reception.
  • Britney's Preggers Y'all

    Britney's Preggers Y'all
    Britney announces the first of her two pregnancies in April of 2005 and gives birth to son Sean Preston in September. A couple of months later, papparazzi catch her driving her car with baby Sean in her lap. Her mothering skills became a subject of national debate,
  • Britney Files for Divorce..

    Britney Files for Divorce..
    ...citing "irreconcilable differences," and the longest and most public custody battle of all time ensues.
  • Britney Breaks Down

    Britney Breaks Down
    Britney Goes Bald - People.com 2007 was not a good year for Britney. She divorces Kevin Federline, goes to rehab, shaves her head, and almost drops her son Sean Preston in front of papparazzi. The public begins to question her sanity.
  • Drunk and Pudgy at the 2007 VMAs

    Drunk and Pudgy at the 2007 VMAs
    Watch Britney's performance here While performing her new single "Gimme More" at the 2007 VMAs, Britney squashes all hopes that she's staging a come-back and is over her breakdown. She is noticeably drunk and bloated, and stumbles across the stage in a bra and panties, pausing to girate confusedly against her background dancers. Though her albums continue to sell, her public image is that of a trashy joke.