The Highs & Lows Of Britney Spears’ Life

Britney Spears is one of the most recognizable names in pop music. She dominated the genre in the late ’90s and early ’00s with hits such as “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again.” But like many stars who are thrust into the spotlight at an early age, Britney struggled in her personal life. While undergoing intense professional success, Britney also experienced some major setbacks involving her relationships, children, and mental health. These are the highs and lows of Britney’s life… 

She Was A Contestant On Star Search & Lost When She Was Only 11

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Britney got her musical start early, beginning when she sang in the choir of her Baptist church. She took voice lessons and participated in several talent competitions. At age 11, she pulled off an impressive performance on Star Search but still lost. She competed against Marty Thomas in 1992.

Thomas later recalled he was shocked that he won: “I remember walking offstage thinking, ‘She’s going to beat me.'” He added that she clearly possessed a star quality. “She wanted it. She wanted it bad,” he said. “She worked. That’s what you’ve got to do…I’ve never for a minute felt anything but sheer pride for her.”