Britney Spears’ Book ‘A Mother’s Gift’ Released 14 Years Ago Today
Here's a little trivia for you, PopCrushers! Britney Spears' novel A Mother's Gift (co-written with her mother Lynne), hit stores on April 10, 2001 — exactly 14 years ago today!
As you may recall, the book was loosely based on Britney's life. (A young singer growing up in a small town in the South who must venture out to secure her destiny. Sound familiar?) Of course, the story emphasizes the mother-daughter relationship, which isn't surprising given that Britney is famously close to Lynne. The face on the cover even looks strikingly close to Brit's.
In 2004, the book was made into an ABC Family movie titled Brave New Girl. (Shout-out to the song of the same name on Britney's 2003 In the Zone album!) Starring Lindsay Haun — who also appeared in the Disney Channel's Color of Friendship — and Virginia Madsen, the movie also focused on the mother-daughter bond.
Of course, 14 years is a long time, even in a career as successful as Britney's. To truly appreciate A Mother's Gift, we took a look back at where the singer was in her career when the book was released.
April 10, 2001, was almost a year to the date that Britney dropped her record-breaking sophomore album, Oops ... I Did It Again. It even scored her a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album. She was prepping to release her third album, Britney, which would hit stores on October 31, 2001.
Months before A Mother's Gift was released, Britney performed on one of the biggest stages in the world, joining Aerosmith, 'N Sync, Nelly and Mary J. Blige during the Super Bowl Halftime show. (By the way, she was also dating Justin Timberlake during this era.)
As Britney Spears fans know, the singer is a mogul; her career expands far beyond music. At this particular point in her life, Britney was filming her feature film, Crossroads. The movie — which co-starred Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana — wasn't released until 2002, but MTV reports that in March 2001, Britney was filming in her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana.
In case that's not enough Britney for 2001, the singer also debuted her new Pepsi commercial right before the Oscars on March 25. The epic commercial featured the singer representing Pepsi drinkers across multiple generations. You can relive it in all its glory below.
Now that we know what happened at the time Britney released A Mother's Gift, let's examine everything she had ahead of her. With two albums already to her name, Britney still released six more — and that's just before 2015. Following the debut of her novel, Brit accrued four additional Grammy nominations, taking home the 2005 Best Dance Recording honor for "Toxic."
Then there's her role as a judge on the X Factor, her nine — count 'em, nine — fragrances, her Las Vegas residency Britney: Piece of Me and her lingerie line. Whew, it's good to be Britney Spears!
While it seems like Brit's star can't burn any brighter, she always ups the ante, taking her career to the next level of super stardom. We love seeing her continued success, but there's something delightfully nostalgic about looking back at the novel she wrote when she was just 20 years old.
See Britney Spears Throughout the Years