Monday, 25 February 2008

Britney Spears

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1993-1994

Britney Spears

Mini-Mouse Pack

Spears lands a cast spot on The New Mickey Mouse Club, where she performs with Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling and Justin Timberlake. Timberlake will later become her first public romance.

1998

Britney Spears

November

Proper Dress Code

Spears releases ". . . Baby One More Time," and in the video wears a Catholic schoolgirl's uniform and knotted shirt, revealing her midriff. "The outfits looked kind of dorky, so I was like, 'Let's tie up our shirts and be cute,'" she tells PEOPLE. The following spring, Spears, 17, poses in hot pants and a push-up bra for her first Rolling Stone cover. "What's the big deal?" she asks the magazine. "I have really strong morals, and just because I look sexy on the cover of Rolling Stone doesn't mean I'm a naughty girl."

2000

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September 07

Power Couple

Spears and singer Timberlake go public with their romance when they sit together at the MTV Video Music Awards. During the show, Spears performs her hit "Oops!...I Did It Again" in a sequined, flesh-colored outfit.

2001

Britney Spears

September 06

Snake on a Pop Star

Spears drapes a 7-ft. albino python around her shoulders during a performance of "I'm a Slave 4 U" at the MTV Video Music Awards. The python is so "sticky" and "slimy," she tells PEOPLE, that she breaks into hives after she touches it the first time. Her third album, Britney, makes her the first female artist to have three albums debut at No. 1.

2002

Britney Spears

March

Bye-Bye-Bye

Ending weeks of speculation, Spears confirms that she and Timberlake are no longer seeing each other. "[The breakup] was horrible. Very upsetting and it took a lot out of me. He was my first real love, and I doubt I'll ever be able to love anyone like that ever again," Spears tells PEOPLE. "But I'd rather spend two days with my soulmate than the rest of my life with some guy who doesn't mean as much."

2003

August

'I'm Not That Innocent'

In a W magazine cover story, Spears poses like a designer-clad lap dancer, and admits to kissing actor Colin Farrell and losing her much publicized virginity to Timberlake. "I thought he was the one," the pop star says to the magazine. "But I was wrong!"

Britney Spears

September 06

Shock Value

The pop princess and her pop peer Aguilera famously kiss pop queen Madonna during a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.


November

Sweet Success

Spears releases her album In The Zone, and the single "Toxic" wins a Grammy for best dance recording. Despite her commercial success, this is Spears' first and only Grammy win.

2004

Britney Spears

January 2-5

Vegas Style

Spears weds childhood friend Jason Alexander in a Las Vegas ceremony, but the marriage is annulled after 55 hours. Spears tells Matt Lauer it was an act of rebellion, prompted by a demanding performance schedule.

April 23

New Romance

Photographers snap Spears leaving the Beverly Hills Hotel with Kevin Federline, a backup dancer, and reports declare they're a couple. Shar Jackson, Federline's girlfriend, who is pregnant with his second child, tells PEOPLE, "This just isn't right."

Britney Spears

September 23

I Do, Part Two

Spears and Federline marry in a surprise ceremony at a private home in Studio City, Calif. The wedding is planned fo
r Oct. 16, but as press attention grows, the couple invite 27 friends and family members to what they pretend is an engagement party. Spears wears a $26,000 strapless silk gown by designer Monique Lhuillier. She describes the wedding as "my fairy tale dream."

2005

Britney Spears

May 17

Must-See TV?

A month after the couple announces they are expecting their first child together, their reality show Britney & Kevin: Chaotic debuts on UPN. The show, which barely makes a blip in the Nielsen ratings, chronicles the beginnings of the couple's relationship prior to their 2004 wedding.

Britney Spears

September 14

Bouncing Baby Boy

Spears gives birth to son Sean Preston by C-section at UCLA Medical Center. He weighs 6-lb. 11-oz. While pregnant, Spears tells PEOPLE, "I find being pregnant empowering. I think it brings out a pure side of you, and I think that's cool."

2006

Britney Spears

February 14

Getaway Driver

When photos are published of Spears driving with 5-month-old son Sean Preston on her lap, critics question her parenting skills. She says she did the same thing with her dad as a child ("I'd sit on his lap and he'd drive. We're country," she tells NBC's Matt Lauer). "I love my baby more than anything and as unfortunate an experience as this has been for me and my family, if it brings more attention to child safety then I fully support that," she tells PEOPLE.

Britney Spears

August

Belly-Baring Mom

Not one to let pregnancy inspire modesty, a dark-haired Spears, who is six months pregnant with her second child, appears nude on the August cover of Harper's Bazaar with her legs crossed and hands placed over her breasts. "It made me want to cry a little bit, doing these photos," she tells the magazine. "I started feeling like myself again." On Sept. 12, Spears gives birth to son Jayden James. "It just kind of happened," Spears tells PEOPLE of the second pregnancy.

Britney Spears

November 07

K-Fed Becomes Fed-Ex

After dropping in on David Letterman at the Late Show looking like her former, sexy self and wearing a short black dress and blonde bob, Spears files for divorce from Federline, citing "irreconcilable differences." While he continues on his promotional tour, she's spotted out and about in Manhattan. She is also seen partying in L.A. and Las Vegas with Paris Hilton.

2007

Britney Spears

February

Rollercoaster Rehab

Spears goes back into rehab after checking in and out – twice – in the last few days. She checked out of the Malibu rehab center she entered a day earlier after a weekend of clubbing and shaving her head. She previously did a one-day stint at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Centre in the Caribbean. On March 20, she is released from the Promises Malibu Treatment Center after completing its program during her one-month stay.


August

Brit & K-Fed's Custody Battle

After their divorce is finalized, Federline files for primary physical custody of their two boys and subpoenas Spears' friend Alli Sims, bodyguard Daimon Shippen and former assistant Shannon Funk to testify about her parenting skills. In September, a judge rules that Spears must undergo random drug testing, meet with a "parenting coach" twice a week, and with Federline complete a program called "Parenting Without Conflict." A few weeks later, she loses temporary custody of her boys.

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August 30

Brit's Comeback?

Spears releases her comeback single, "Gimme More," to strong reviews, kicking off her upcoming album. But when the pop star opens the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, her live performance is a bust. The New York Times says of Spears, "She didn't disappoint; she was awful. Visibly nervous, she tottered around the stage, dancing tentatively and doing nothing that sounded or looked like real live singing." The following week, her management company The Firm quits.

Britney Spears

November 07

Britney's Blackout

One day after Spears is ordered to pay $120,000 in lawyer fees for Federline, her new album Blackout receives critical approval and strong early sales. It sells 290,000 copies in its first week, entering at No.2 on Billboard's 200 album chart.

2008

Britney Spears

January 3-4

Britney's Custody Crisis

After appearing late to court regarding her custody battle with Federline, Spears locks herself in a room with one of her children at her L.A. home and refuses to hand him over to Federline. After a four-hour standoff, Spears is taken out on a gurney (left) and hospitalized for mental evaluation. Custody of the children, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, is transferred to Federline. On Jan. 5, Spears, who is reportedly diagnosed as bipolar, is released from the hospital.

Britney Spears

January 31

Lynne & Jamie to the Rescue

Spears is hospitalized again for psychiatric evaluation. "She went willingly. It was like something in her heart was telling her she should go. She knew something was wrong," constant confidant Sam Lutfi tells PEOPLE. But Spears' parents, Jamie and Lynne, battle Lutfi over who decides what is best for Spears. On Feb. 1, Jamie gains legal control over his daughter's affairs, and they are granted a restraining order against Lutfi – who Lynne claims used drugs and insults to control Spears. On Feb. 6, Spears is released early from the UCLA Psych Ward.


Britney Spears: Five Fun Facts

  1. Britney Spears kept a tanning bed on her Baby One More Time tour bus.
  2. Britney Spears and then-fiancé Kevin Federline gave personalized Juicy Couture sweat suits embroidered with "Maids" and "Pimps" to members of their bridal party in 2004.
  3. Britney Spears likes to relax with candles, a bath and a Jackie Collins novel. "Every night, I have to read a book so that my mind will stop thinking about the things I stress about," she told Rolling Stone in 1999.
  4. Britney Spears, a Louisiana native, auctioned off personal items on eBay in 2005 to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, including a jewel-encrusted bra and a pair of well-worn J. Crew flip-flops.
  5. Britney Spears sang Naomi Judd's "Love Can Build a Bridge" on Star Search in 1992. She won the first round but lost in the second.




Singer Britney Spears poses on the press line at the Scandinavian Style Mansion party in Los Angeles in this Dec. 1, 2007 file photo. Britney Spears' father and attorney John Eardley who claims to represent the pop star, traded legal barbs Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, in an intensifying fight over whether James Spears is violating his daughter's civil rights by controlling her finances and life. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, file)

Spears' Dad, Lawyer Trade Legal Barbs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Britney Spears' father and a lawyer who claims to represent her traded legal barbs Monday in an intensifying fight over whether James Spears is violating her civil rights by controlling her finances and life.

Attorney John Eardley, who told The Associated Press he was the "only person who represents Britney Spears," filed documents in federal court asserting that she is being held by her father in a situation that violates her civil rights.

A lawyer for James Spears said in papers filed Monday that Eardley cannot represent the singer because a probate judge in state court found that Britney Spears "lacks the capacity to hire an attorney, and Mr. Eardley cannot remove the conservatorship proceedings on his own behalf."

The pop star, 26, and her estate were placed under a temporary conservatorship after she was taken to UCLA Medical Center on Jan. 31, her second hospitalization in a month. Conservatorships are granted for people deemed unable to care for themselves or their affairs.

Eardley took aim at James Spears in legal documents filed Friday.

"Mr. Spears has now moved into her house and has taken control of her financial assets, as well as her physical custody, all without the benefit of a hearing where Ms. Spears would be present," he said.

Eardley said that Spears has never been on good terms with her father and said he was "concerned for
the emotional and physical safety of Britney under these circumstances."

In his motion, Eardley said Spears had "been in a form of private confinement for nearly a month. Certainly, at this point, it is likely that circumstances have changed and it is time that the conservatee be brought into court for a hearing, where the court can evaluate her in person and hear testimony directly from her."

The document suggests she be allowed to retain her own medical professionals to evaluate her condition.

"There are financial issues which involve the possible misappropriation of assets," Eardley said but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, attorney Jeffrey Wexler, representing James Spears, filed a response Monday complaining that the effort to move the case to federal court is without legal basis and is draining James Spears financially.

Wexler said that the conservator has already incurred more than $42,898 in legal fees to fight the effort launched by Eardley. Wexler argued the law being cited by Eardley applies only to cases of racial discrimination.

James Spears has asked to send the matter back to state court and to award him attorneys' fees.

In the phone interview Eardley said he had filed additional documents under seal Monday and expected a hearing to be set soon.

Asked when he last consulted with Britney Spears, Eardley said, "I talked to her a few days ago and someone wrestled the phone away from her. I've not talked to her since then."

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why we like her?

Britney Spears -- what can we say about the former good girl who teased us with her blonde hair, erotic dance moves and sexual innuendos? And then became a single mother with tattoos and a shaved head? No matter what she has up her sleeve -- or miniskirt -- the world just can't get enough of her.

why is she famous?

Unless you're living under a rock, you know that Britney Spears is one of the most popular female artists on the planet, with worldwide sales topping the 20 million mark. While her biggest hit continues to be her first, "...Baby One More Time," Britney's music still invades the airwaves and MTV, and her face is constantly in the tabloids.

Britney Spears Gets a Visit From Her Sons Again | Britney Spears
Britney Spears saw her sons again Monday, while her father sought to quickly end a civil rights challenge to his control of her affairs.

The singer's children Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, were driven to her Studio House by Kevin Federline's bodyguard for a three-hour visit.

It was the second visitation in three days; on Saturday, Spears saw her children for the first time since Jan. 3 after working out a structured visitation arrangement with Federline.

Meanwhile, attorneys for Spears's father Jamie filed another round of papers in federal court on Monday, urging a judge to quickly end a civil rights challenge to Jamie's control of his daughter's $100 million estate and keep the co-conservatorship case in state court.

Lawyer Needs More Time

Jon Eardley, an attorney who claims to represent the pop star, had been asked by U.S. District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez to file papers by Feb. 22 explaining the civil rights challenge. Instead, Eardley on Friday told the judge he needed more time to formally file.

In legal documents, Eardley claims that Britney retained him Feb. 12 before her phone was taken away and the line disconnected. Eardley also continued to maintain that the conservatorship case in state court violates her constitutional rights.

But in motion filed Monday, the conservatorship attorneys say Eardley, in addition to failing to meet the court's filing deadline, has not proven that he even qualifies as Britney's attorney or addressed the most fundamental legal issues in the case.

The conservatorship motion asks that the case be immediately returned to Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz, and that Eardley be forced to reimburse $43,000 in attorney fees.

While the civil rights issue remained unresolved in federal court, the conservatorship case in state court is stalled.

"There's nothing for this court to do today. We're in a holding pattern," said Goetz at a hearing Friday.

Britney Spears's Night Out with Dad



After a three-hour visit with her sons on Saturday (her first since Jan. 3), Britney Spears continued her family time Saturday night, stepping out to Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills with her father, Jamie.

Just before 8 p.m., the pop star and her dad were joined by an assistant, a family friend and two bodyguards for dinner. Clad in a purple silk dress, Spears smiled and appeared in good spirits as she headed inside.

"Britney looked stunning and everyone turned around to get a glimpse of her," says a witness at the restaurant, adding that the group lead Spears to a private dining room. "Everyone seemed extremely protective of Britney."

The party of six dined on a seafood tower with lobster, steak, french fries and lobster mashed potatoes. But Spears's good mood seemed to diminish over dinner. According to an observer, "She seemed quiet." After numerous bathroom and cigarette breaks, Spears and co. left the restaurant around 9:30 p.m., making their way through a pack of photographers with the help of restaurant staff.

Asked if he'd ever helped a celebrity exit the restaurant, a chef told PEOPLE, "Never! It was like being in a war zone. I almost lost my [chef's] hat."
– Reporting by PERNILLA CEDENHEIM


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