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Britney Spears has been in the limelight now for over 20 years. In 1993 is when she first burst on the scene when she along with fellow co-stars Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, and Justin Timberlake joined The All-New Mickey Mouse Club in its sixth season that aired on the Disney Channel. About five years later is when she jumped into all of our hearts with her first single “Baby One More Time.” Since the release of her debut single, she’s been one of the most famous stars in the world.
Since the ’90s, there’s been a lot going on with the Princess of pop, and some of these things many probably had no clue about. There's some crazy things that even the longtime fans may not even know. Spears music career continues to influence artists of all genres, but many of these facts will surprise even those that think they know her the most. Here are 37 of the most unbelievably strange facts about Britney, from the famous royal she almost dated to the one thing in her career that she will always regret.
Once upon a time, Britney and Justin were the hottest pop star culture, and there were times where they showed their love for one another in some rather strange ways. Take for instance spending $21,000 on custom made toilet seats featuring pictures of each other's faces. Say what now?! Yup that's right he had a toilet seat with her face and vice versa. There really is not an adequate explanation of why anyone would want to sit on your bae's childhood face while using the bathroom. However, this is the same couple that thought it ok to go out and wear all formal denim outfits, so who knows!
Britney Spears while visiting the Imhoff-Stollwerck chocolate museum in Cologne, Germany and was gifted a large white chocolate heart. She had been in Germany promoting her new movie "Crossroads" at the time. The songstress expressed her appreciation of the gift by saying "Chocolate for me is just like an orgasm "while standing outside of the museum in front of fans. Reportedly fans were stunned by the statement. Well in Britney's defense, chocolate is known to be an aphrodisiac for some, since it contains the chemical tryptophan. Tryptophan is the building block for serotonin, which is a brain chemical that is involved in sexual arousal.
So this next fact is quite strange and unbelievable. In 2010 Spears former bodyguard, Fernando Flores had accused Britney of sexual harassment, bringing a lawsuit against her. He alleges that pop star sexually harassed him, repeatedly exposed herself to him, and even went as far to say that she abused her kids.
Flores told the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services that Spears beat her kids and fed them crabmeat even though they had shellfish allergies. The agency did investigate and determined his claim had no merit. The lawsuit was settled out of court in 2012 for an undisclosed amount. Now that’s some crazy s&%t!
Before Britney got her big break, she had after-school jobs. At the age of twelve, he worked Total Fitness by Jamie, her dad’s gym as the coordinator for the aerobics class. She also worked in her great-grandmother's crawfish restaurant. At Granny’s Seafood and Deli, she waited tables and worked the cash register. Brittany Spears already had a work ethic at a young age, and all the knowledge and experience she gained helped her along as she entered show business just a few years later. Who knew that Brit had restaurant experience. I bet the people she waited on, had no clue that this little girl would go on and become an international pop star.
Famous people who often stay at hotels when traveling will go to great lengths to avoid unwanted attention from paparazzi, or even unwanted encounters with fans. Most of them, when checking in a hotel, have developed alter egos that allow them to stay under the radar. However, what's funny about the aliases that celebs use to hide their identity is what they can reveal about themselves. Britney's aliases for her hotel stays include Anita Dick, Chastity Montogomery, and Alotta Warmheat. ROFL! You can draw your own conclusions from the names she has chosen.
Just before Britney Spears got her big break on "The All-New Mickey House Club" she had landed an understudy role in "Ruthless! The Musical", which spoofs Broadway musicals like Gypsy and Mame. In a 2014 interview with the New York Post, the show's book writer and lyricist Joel Paley talked about meeting Spears who stepped in as an understudy. He told the paper "We thought, 'We're never going to find another [girl] — we're really screwed. And that's when we found Britney Spears."
Of course, when the Mickey Mouse club came a calling eight months later she could not turn it down, and off she went to Florida to become a Mouseketeer, and actress Natalie Portman stepped in to fill Britney's shoes.
In the late '90s, girl groups and boy band was all the rage. From TLC and the Spice Girls to Back Street Boys, and NSYNC, but believe it or not, Brit Brit herself started out in an all-girl group before her first album. She was a member of the pop group called Innocence. According to the New York Times, the Orlando based female group was meant to be "an American version of the Spice Girls." However, Spears had aspirations to be a solo artist and ironically was later replaced by Justine Timberlake's then-girlfriend Veronica Finn. We all know that Brit would replace Finn as JT's girlfriend. Funny how the world is...
Justin Timberlake is for sure Britany Spears most famous ex, but Spears could have potentially been British royalty. Ok well maybe that's a stretch, but she could have dated royalty. Rumors were circulating that she had been dating Prince William, but that was far from the truth. Brittany told People magazine back in a 2002 interview when asked about her and the Prince, "Yeah, it was just like, all blown out of proportion — we exchanged emails for a little bit, and he was supposed to come and see me somewhere, but it didn't work out." So basically they never even met, and he stood her up.
Rewind all the way back to 2012. That’s when Britney Spears joined the first US season of the X-Factor as a judge. She negotiated a massive paycheck for her one season only appearance. Spears was reportedly paid a whopping $15 million. Her fat payday made her the highest-paid celebrity judge on a reality show breaking TV history. However, singer Kerry Perry knocked Britney off her reality tv throne in 2018 when she earned a reported $25 million salary as a judge on the American Idol reboot. Six years is a pretty long time to hold such a title. You go, Brittney!
Back in 2003, Forbes Magazine had declared the newly single Britney Spears the most powerful celeb in the world. The then 20-year old sec symbol knocked Tom Cruise from being No. 1 on the list that year, which Forbes derives from combining earlier with the measure of media exposure. That year Spears had pulled in only $39.2 Million, but she was also featured in over 25,000 news items, so that pushed her to the top of the list beating out 99 other celebrities. Coming in second that year was Tiger Woods. Mariah Carey, Madonna, Steven Spielberg, Oprah, ‘N SYNC, and U2 were amongst the top ten.
Britney Spears appeared on the hit talent show Star Search, back in the early ’90s and can you believe she actually lost! The judges thought that her competitor Marty Thomas sang slightly stronger, and gave him a perfect four stars, while Spears got a score of 3.75 after singing “Love Can Build A Bridge” by Naomi and Wynona Judd. Mary told ABC news years later in an interview that he was “shocked out of [his] mind” that he had won against Britney. Marty did end up having a singing career of his own but didn’t become a household name as she did.
So Kiley Jenner and Rianna may have cosmetic empires, but Britney Spears with 24 fragrances within 15 years has amassed a billion-dollar perfume empire. Wow, who knew?! Spears has been the face of numerous campaigns and endorsement deals over the years, but it's her fragrances that raked in the big bucks. In its first year in stores, Curious destroyed it's competition and became a phenomenon. In 2004 it was the top-selling fragrance, netting over $100 million in sales. Now that's quite impressive.
Back in early 2002 Britney Spears partnered up with celebrity restaurateur Bobby Ochs and opened up a restaurant in New York called Nyla. Originally the establishment served a combination of New York Style with southern cooking and featured a hip sexy New York Lounge., and then switched to American dishes with an Italian fusion. Unfortunately, the restaurant didn’t last a year, and Britley ended the partnership citing “mismanagement.” Well everyone isn’t cut out for the restaurant world, and I’m sure Brittany didn’t lose any sleep over this business venture that went south since she had other talents to fall back on.
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Believe it or not, Spears first played a flight attendant in a little known movie back in the day Longshot. It’s a movie that involves a twenty-something-year-old tennis instructor/gigolo Jack Taylor that ends up being blackmailed by a powerful and corrupt businessman. He’s then forced to reduce a wealthy widow in New York to obtain insider information so his blackmailer can profit from it.
Jack tries to prevent any harm coming to his little brother, and in the midst of it, all of this unexpectedly falls for the woman he’s being forced to betray. It wasn’t a box office hit or anything, but there are cameos by quite a few entertainers like the group NSYNC, O-Town and Kenny Rogers, to name a few.
This may be by far one of the most unbelievable strange facts about anyone. According to CNN, a radio station in Ottawa, Hot 89.9 bought Britney’s pregnancy test from a Los Angeles hotel where the couple had been staying. Someone found it in the garbage can in the room that she and her hubby at the time Kevin Federline was in. The pregnancy test was later sold for $5,001 by the internet casino, which is known for purchasing bizarre celebrity merchandise. A used pregnancy test is a bit more than bizarre, but who am I to judge.
Coincidental? Probably not. "3" is a song that was Britney recorded for her second greatest hits album, "The Singles Collection. The song released back in 2009 contains lyrics about threesomes. This electropop uptempo piece features synthesizers, heavy bassline, and references folk-signing trip Peter, Paul, and Mary throughout the chorus as sexual slang. Maybe that's what Britanny was into at the time? Who really knows, but its obvious she wanted to make sure that this song was all about 3's.
It achieved commercial success and topped charts in both the US and Canada. It was also a top ten song in the United Kingdon. Australia, Norway, and Sweden, to name a few. It seems like "3" is loved by all.
Did you guys know that?! I didn’t. The creator of your favorite show from 2005 that’s still on the air (Crazy right?) Grey’s Anatomy, and your second favorite Scandal wrote Crossroads. How mind-boggling! and a gold star to those of you that already knew that. When you really think about it, and maybe watch the movie again, you’ll start to notice that Crossroads is garnished with a few of Rhimes’ signatures. Like for instance, this movie wasn’t afraid to take dark subject matter, and in true Shonda Rhimes, fashion wasn’t afraid to unnecessarily and cruelly kill off a signature character.
Who could forget when Brittany rocked the stage and performed her hit song “I’m A Slave 4 U” at the MTV VMA’s fifteen years ago. Halfway through her hip-shaking show, Brit strutted across the stage and collected a seven-foot albino Burmese python from another dancer.
Pretty much everyone’s mouth dropped! She then draped this reptile across her shoulders, continuing to dance and twirl with gusto. Right then and there that performance solidified snakes as definitively sexy in the early 2000s. Well not everyone thought that way, and there was much backlash from animals groups like PETA. Wonder whatever happened to that snake? Well, it’s still alive living its best life and roughly weighs 100 pounds and is nearly 15 feet.
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It doesn’t get any stranger than this. The luxury brand Louis Vuitton sued the starlet for upholstering her Hummer in her video “Do Somethin” with fake Louis Vuitton cherry blossom fabric. In the opening scenes of her music video, Brit is in the driver’s seat of the Hummer floating on a cloud, and in one shot her fingers are drumming on a dashboard cover that appears to look like LV’s “Cherry Blossoms” design.
The court didn’t find Spears guilty but did rule that MTV online and Sony BMG were guilting for violating counterfeiting laws. The ruling was that the video constituted an “attack” on the brand and its luxury image. As a result of the suit, the video was banned by European stations. Her label settled the lawsuit in 2007 with LV.
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When Britany Spears first auditioned for the Mickey Mouse Club when she was 8-yeard old. Producers thought she was too young for the show and turned her down. She then enrolled in the Professional Arts school to gain some acting experience.
Spears about three years later re-auditioned for the show and this time around landed a role. She joined the cast along with Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, and up and coming to actress Keri Russell. Good for her! If you first don’t succeed, try try again. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she talked about her time on the show saying, “We had an amazing, amazing time; we got to sing and dance and do everything.”
The Movie "High School Musical" was birthed from a little script that was titled "Grease 3" that was to star Britney Spear and Justin Timberlake as the children of Sandy and Danny. The plot was pretty much the same as that of High School Musical, but just with more ties to Grease. Shapray was meant to be the daughter of Rizzo (producers wanted Christina Guilera for the part, but she declined) They also wanted Timberlake's bandmates from NSYNC to be apart of the third installation with supporting roles. Allegedly John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John were also approached for cameo roles. We will always be left wondering what could have been...
In 2002 Brittany bought her brother Bryan a $1.5 million loft in New York City. Two years later she accidentally knocked over a candle, and almost burned down the place. Brit had been in New York for a few days shopping with a friend and had left the candle burning. The wall in her brother's apartment caught fire, and the fire department had to come and put it out. Interestingly enough this isn’t the first time something like this happened. Spears had a habit of leaving candles lit in her own house. At one point she almost caused her own Manhattan apartment to burn down.
During a concert in 2001, Britney Spears not realizing that her microphone was on swore and cursed out the stage crew right before she started singing. She was overheard by over 170,000 fans saying: Don't tell me they're just letting the audience just f*&^ing stand out there like that. This is "retarded" and "Oh sh-t. Oh, no. What are they doing? Oh, my pants are too short! I grew! I'm not just gonna stand out there". Definitely not one of her best moments, but I'm sure she still got on stage and gave the audience one performance they'll never forget.
Everyone knows that the divorce rate in Hollywood is pretty insane! So that’s why most star sign prenups and Brittany had one in place for K-Fed. She actually had one of the craziest prenups in place to protect her money and image. Britney made Federline sign a prenup agreement that stated that any gift that was worth over $7K had to come with a legal document stating who will own it after the divorce. Now that’s really crazy, but who can blame her. Bet you’re wondering who kept what of the expensive gifts they gave to one another during their courtship?
On that same trip to Germany where Britany has gifted the chocolate she went and did a radio station interview on EinsLive. She drank a glass of orange juice while she was there, and instead of washing her glass out the radio show host decided to take the rest of the juice on a tour of Germany. Sounds weird right?! The hosts and Britany’s glass of OJ visited give cities, and during the radio show, it sat on a pedestal. At the end of her juice’s tour, a lucky fan was reward with the opportunity to drink the rest of it. Now if that happened, nobody knows. Back in 2006, some deranged fan paid $5oo on eBay for Brit’s discarded sandwich. Eeeew how gross!
In 2008 after Spears was deemed incapable of making her own decisions (not too long after she shaved off all her hair) she needed a court-appointed legal custodian. Her father, Jamie Spears, took over his daughter's management and financial decisions. It's been reported that Spears is paid $130,000 yearly for being his daughter's caretaker. Pappa Spears duties also include overseeing and coordinating personal, business, and all legal matters as well as maintaining custody arrangements for her two boys.
Most of us who are not in our 20’s anymore miss some of those days. You know the days where we could party and hang out with not a care in the world for the most part. Well for Britney that is not the case and she told a British TV program Lorraine in 2016 that “My twenties were horrible” If you look back at Britany’s life during that time you’ll see there’s no mystery to as why. She had quite the tumultuous decade that lead up to her 2007 breakdown and highly publicized recovery. It became so infamous that viral Internet memes had been created from “Leave Birtney Alone to “If Britany can survive 2007, you can make it thought this day.”
As a pop icon, Britney has been given recognition for her influence in bringing back teen pop music in the nineties. Of course, there could only be one Madonna, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson, but let's not forget there will only be one Britany Spears! During the late '90s and early 2000, she was known as "the best-selling teen artist of all time" What an accomplishment for someone who hadn't even turned 20 when broke this record. I'm sure those records labels that turned down the pop princess definitely regretted not singing her. Eat your heart out record label losers!
Britney Spears is not only a mega star here on earth but also a huge star in the online world. From 2005 to 2008 and for several other years her name was the most popular search time on Yahoo. She's so famous that her name is in the Guinness World Records Book. Wow! She was named in 2007 and 2009 as the Most Searched Person of the year, and later on, was registered as the decade's most search person. Guinness's determination of the most-searched name is by the number of Google searches she had. So she was pretty much dominating both search engines. Three cheers for Brittany!
Even though Britney Spears has always had great talent and a great career, she was actually rejected by three major labels before making it in the music biz. The labels reasoning for not signing her was that there would never be another Debbie Gibson, Madonna or Tiffany. These labels also said that audiences wanted to see bands like the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls. However, two weeks after those rejections Brit was signed to Kive Records label after signing for the company’s executives. She sang for them Whitney Houston’s “ I Have Nothing,” and she was signed right there on the spot.
Britany is passionate about giving back. She’s a huge philanthropist but likes to do it on the low. Britany is the founder of The Britany Spears Camo for the Performing Arts where campers get to explore and develop their talents, as well as the Britney Spears Foundation that helps children in need. She also donated a generous amount of money to the Twin Towers Fun as well as Hurricane Katrina in 2006. On top of all of this $1 was donated from every ticket sale from her Vegas residency “Britney: Piece of Me” which reportedly sold over 900,000 tickets during its run.
Britany has been unknowingly protecting our servicemen. According to a merchant navy officer named Rachel Owens Britany her popular songs “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and “Oops … I Did It Again” has been keeping them safe. She has said that their ships play those songs over their loudspeakers. Rachel also noted that her songs deter the Somali pirates because they “hate Western culture” so much. Can you believe that? That is something many probably didn’t know about the talented yet complex woman. She’s a force to be reckoned with one could say—on land and in the water!
Even though Spears now hails as the Princess of Pop for all eternity, she wasn’t interested in also making pop music. In an interview with Rolling Stone, she revealed that she had always envisioned herself singing “Sheryl Crow music, but younger — more adult contemporary.” However, Jive Records wanted to pair her with producers and writers that leaned more towards pomp music. Spears obliged and said, “It made more sense to go pop because I can dance to it,” she told the magazine. “It’s more me.” Well, it definitely paid off for her. Can you even imagine Britany doing anything but pop music?
Britney Spears revealed during a 2004 radio interview on KIIS-FM that she was working on which would be named “Original Doll.” During the interview she played a preview of a new song called “Mona Lisa,” but the song was never sent to radio, and even though Britanny seemed pretty excited during her impromptu announcement of the album her record label was adamant that there were no solid plans to release anything officially.
Fans never got an “Original Doll” album and still to this wonder whatever happened to that lost album. Britany said that “Mona Lisa” was her alter ego, but after hearing the song that discusses a character on the verge of a nervous breakdown, many fans thought that song was really about her. Mabe it was...
A lot of people have judged Britney's choices, but the thing Britney herself says she most regrets is hosting reality TV. Remember way back when she and her then-husband Kevin Federline hosted Britney and Kevin: Chaotic. Yea that hot mess of a show on UPN that the series chronicles the couple's relationship from their courtship, engagement, and their wedding. Millions of views tuned into the five-episode series, that was heavily criticized for being an "insult to common sense and decency." In an interview, she told the Telegraph, "I would never do something like that again. Actually, that was really bad. That was probably the worst thing I've done in my career."
To date, Spears had won over 250 awards worldwide. She won the majority of them in 1999, which was one of the most successful years of her musical career. That year she was given 35 awards, and in 2008 she won 19 awards at major award functions.
Some of the awards Brittney has won over the years include six MTV Video Music Awards as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from MTV. She’s won the prestigious Grammy Award and has even been honored by Billboard magazine with the Billboard Millennium Award on top of her ten Billboard Music Awards. Now’s that an achievement!
Can you imagine being a mom and still considered as hot and appealing by others? Well, Britney Spears has been just that. In 2011 Poll Spears was voted the 3rd "Hottest Celebrity Mom" with Halle berry coming in 2nd and Angeline Jolee taking first place. Spears be out the likes of actress Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Alba, Salma Hayek, and even singer Jennifer Lopez.
EDM superstar Steve Aoki has even joked that he would date Britney Spears because she's a "mega, mega hot MILF." Two years ago in an interview, the 'Just Hold On' hitmaker played a game of 'Would You Rather,' and spilled "She is a mega, mega-hot MILF, she is in her 30s which is close to my age, so I should probably hang out with Britney Spears." Wouldn't you like to be considered a MILF by Steve Aoki?!