10 Things You Didn’t Know About Britney Spears
Over the course of her 30 years, Britney Spears has cemented herself as one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Since she broke onto the scene with her hit song and debut album of the same name, '...Baby One More Time,' in 1999, she has been captivating male and female fans all over the world. Spears has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, making her the fifth biggest-selling female recording artist in the history of music. From her humble beginnings as a 'Star Search' reject to becoming one of the most iconic female pop singers of all time, read our list of the 10 Things You Might Not Know About Britney Spears to celebrate her career accomplishments.
Although Britney loves her life and wouldn't do things over if she had the chance, one thing that really takes a toll on the superstar is the paparazzi. In an interview with Matt Lauer, Spears broke into tears when she spoke about the paparazzi and how hard it is living in the spotlight. "I would like for them to leave me alone," Spears said as she fought back the tears. "[They] have to realize that we're people and we just need privacy and we need our respect. Those are things you have to have as a human." The paparazzi has seemed to back off a bit recently, so hopefully they got the message.
Even if Justin Timberlake has never really admitted it, it's pretty obvious that his song 'Cry Me a River' and the accompanying video are targeted at his ex-girlfriend, Britney Spears. However, it is also rumored that Spears wrote a song about Timberlake for her 'In the Zone' album. The song 'Everytime' contains the lyrics: "I may have made it rain / Please forgive me / My weakness caused you pain / And this song is my sorry." Like JT, Spears never really admitted that the song was about her former BF, but she did tell Diane Sawyer, "I'll let the song speak for itself."
Of the extensive clips making up her videography, Spears told Harper's Bazaar in 2011 that 'Overprotected' was her all-time favorite. "I just think it says a lot. It was really colorful and the dancing was amazing," Spears said (via Capital FM) of the clip for her 2001 single. In case you need to jog your memory, you can watch the 'Overprotected' video by clicking here.
Back in 2000, Ms. Spears attended the Billboard Music Awards in a purple and orange getup, which she has cited as her biggest fashion faux pas. "I actually thought I looked hot at the time. But, um, I definitely stood out. People were talking about it, but not in a good way," Britney told Harper's Bazaar (via Capital FM) of the outfit. We think her red carpet choices have improved vastly since this fashion disaster, If you need a visual aid, click here.
Although Spears has referred to Whitney Houston as her musical idol many time, her ultimate dream collabo wouldn't be with the 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody' singer. Spears told Stylist that if she could work with any artist, it would be Gwen Stefani! Now wouldn't that be utterly amazing?
Don't even try to snag Brit Brit's digits, because she doesn't own a cell phone! Unlike many people who seem to have their cell permanently stuck to their ear, it seems Ms. Spears opts for landlines instead. In March 2011, Spears told Us Magazine that she doesn't have a mobile phone in her possession. When you're a superstar like Brit, it's probably a luxury to be without a cell -- that device would be blowing up nonstop!
Before she began to pursue a solo career, Britney Spears was actually in a girl group called Innosense. In 1997, the group was comprised of Brit, Danay Ferrer, Mandy Ashford, Nikki DeLoach, and Amanda Laton. Spears left the group after less than a year and pretty much skyrocketed to super-fame status as a solo artist. The remaining members of Innosense stayed in the group at first, and they even supported Brit on her first solo tour. However, things didn't work out and they disbanded in 2003.
We kid you not! In 2011, Spears told Popjustice that she doesn't really like to go out clubbing -- she prefers to stay home and do that. "I have my own mini club at my house," she said, making us all super jealous. "I play a lot of music there ... It has a glitterball. And we have catering and lights. It’s the whole setup." We wonder if she and her girls get their groove on in Club Brit, or if it's reserved for fun little dance parties with her sons, Sean and Jayden.
Thank heavens that Britney stepped in on this one. When she was 16, she nixed the idea the record label pitched her for her '...Baby One More Time' video and created her own concept. In an interview a few years ago, Britney's manager Larry Rudolph said, "The treatment called for her to play a super hero fighting an animated monster in the video, and she looked at it and all these record execs and she said, 'There's no way I'm making this video. My audience doesn't want to see this.'" She then pitched the Catholic school girl, dance-centric idea that we have all come to know and love.
In an interview with Diane Saywer a while back, Britney Spears admitted that she thinks her singing voice is only "OK." Spears told Sawyer, "I like the feeling that I get when I sing. It's not so much my voice, it's a state that I go in when I sing that I really like." She continued, "I would love to have a voice like Christina. I would love to have a voice like Whitney Houston."