Timeline of Britney Spears’ journey from Teen Phenom to Guardianship


Pop star Britney Spears is due to address the Los Angeles court on Wednesday in charge of the guardianship arrangement, or conservatorship, which has controlled much of her personal and professional affairs since 2008.

Here’s a timeline of key events in the life of Spears, now 39.

1992 – Cast in the TV show “The Mickey Mouse Club” with Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling.

1997 – Signs a recording contract at age 15.

1998 – At 16, she released her first single ‘…Baby One More Time’, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks. In 1999, her debut album of the same name topped the charts in 15 countries.

2000 – The second studio album “Oops!… I Did It Again” breaks records. Spears confirms she is dating Justin Timberlake.

2001 – Spears performs as a Super Bowl halftime guest, releases a third album, and sings with a python on her shoulder as her performances get steamier.

2002 – Spears stars in her first movie, ‘Crossroads’. Her relationship with Timberlake ends.

2003 – Spears kisses Madonna on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, causing a scandal. She released her 4th studio album.

2004 – Spears marries childhood friend Jason Alexander in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas. The marriage is annulled three days later. Nine months later, she married dancer Kevin Federline.

2005 – Son Sean Preston is born. Spears wins her first and only Grammy Award for “Toxic.”

2006 – Second son Jayden James is born. Two months later, Spears files for divorce.

2007 – Spears enters and leaves rehab twice in a matter of days, shaves her head at a salon in Los Angeles, and returns to rehab. Pursued by the paparazzi, her behavior becomes increasingly erratic. Spears loses custody of her two sons and releases her fifth studio album. She performs “Gimme More” at the MTV Video Music Awards but looks giddy.

2008 – Spears is twice hospitalized in psychiatric detention and placed under judicial guardianship in which her father Jamie Spears and a lawyer take control of her personal and professional affairs. The nature of his mental illness is not disclosed. In December, her comeback album “Circus” was released and in 2009 she embarked on a world tour to promote it.

2011 – Spears releases her 7th studio album and embarks on another tour.

2012 – Spears joins the American version of the television show “The X Factor” as a judge.

2013 – Spears begins a two-year residency in Las Vegas and releases her 8th studio album. The residency is then extended for two years.

2016-2018 – Spears releases her 9th studio album, participates in the “Piece of Me” world tour and announces another Las Vegas residency for 2019. She last performed in public in October 2018 at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

2019 — Spears announces an “indefinite work hiatus” and cancels her planned Las Vegas residency due to concerns about her father’s health. She walks into a mental health facility saying she’s taking “a little me time”. The #FreeBritney movement is started by fans who believe Spears is being held against her will under guardianship. She appears before the Los Angeles judge in charge of guardianship but her testimony is sealed. The judge orders an independent assessment of the guardianship.

August 2020 – A lawyer for Spears is asking that the singer’s father be replaced as curator. Jamie Spears calls the #FreeBritney movement a “joke”. Spears tells her Instagram followers that she accidentally burned down her home gym after leaving two candles burning.

February 2021 – The documentary ‘Framing Britney Spears’ airs, drawing attention to her career and guardianship. Timberlake apologizes to Spears for her part in the media scrutiny she received when they were dating. Spears says on her Instagram that she didn’t see the whole documentary but was “embarrassed by the light they put me in” and cried for two weeks. A lawyer for Jamie Spears notes that the singer never filed for an end to conservatorship.

April 2021 – Through her lawyer, Spears asks to personally address the court in charge of her guardianship, but no reason is given.

June 17, 2021 – Spears says on her Instagram page that she “has no idea” if she’ll ever get back on stage and that she’s “having fun right now.”

June 23, 2021 – Spears needs to go to court. It should appear from a distance.


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