Britney Spears arrives at the premiere of a film in Hollywood in July 2019.
Spears, third from right, was part of “The Mickey Mouse Club” from 1993–1994. The Disney show featured several cast members who have since become global superstars, including Ryan Gosling, who sits next to Spears; and singers Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake, visible at right.
Spears’ first concert began in November 1998, a few months before the release of her debut studio album. She signed a contract with Jive Records in 1997. She was 15 years old at that time.
Spears performs at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards. Her debut album “…Baby One More Time” was a hit.
Spears poses with the boy band NSYNC, with whom she toured once in 1999. NSYNC included his former “Mickey Mouse Club” teammate Justin Timberlake, seen at bottom left.
Spears holds a doll of her own in 1999.
Spears performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2000.
Spears and Timberlake attended the American Music Awards together in 2001. The two dated for a few years.
Spears performs with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler as part of the Super Bowl halftime show in 2001.
Spears holds a snake while performing at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
Spears and her sister, Jamie Lynn, attend the Teen Choice Awards in 2002.
Spears starred in the 2002 film “Crossroads” alongside Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana. That year, Forbes magazine named her the most powerful celebrity in Hollywood.
In 2003, Spears and Madonna opened their mouths while kissing during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards.
In 2003, Spears joined Beyoncé and Pink to film a Pepsi commercial in Rome.
Spears received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.
Spears married dancer Kevin Federline in 2004. They had two sons together before divorcing in 2007.
Spears shaved her head in 2007. The headlines at the time focused on whether the star was in the midst of a breakup.
Spears attacked a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella outside Federline’s home in Tarzana, California in 2007.
Spears performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2007.
Spears leaves the Los Angeles courthouse after a child custody hearing in 2007. A few months later, she was hospitalized over issues related to the custody of her children. Federline was awarded sole custody. In February 2008, a Los Angeles court granted temporary guardianship to Spears’ father, Jamie, after Britney was taken to the hospital and deemed unable to care for herself.
Spears performs on the opening night of her tour in 2009.
In 2012, Spears became a judge on the TV show “The X Factor”.
Spears poses with her sons – Jaden, left, and Shawn – at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game in 2013.
Spears unveiled a range of intimate apparel in 2014.
Clark County, Nevada declared November 5, 2014 on the Las Vegas Strip as “Britney Day”. In 2013, Spears began a two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Spears performed at her Las Vegas show “Britney: Peace of Me” in 2015.
Spears speaks during the Teen Choice Awards in 2015.
Spears joined late night talk show host James Corden for some “Carpool Karaoke” in 2016.
Spears performs at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
Spears received a birthday cake at the Jingle Ball event in Los Angeles in 2016.
Spears accepted the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018. The award goes to an artist who has made a difference in promoting and supporting equality.
Spears appears with Jimmy Fallon in a “Tonight Show” sketch in 2018.
Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari attend a Hollywood premiere in 2019. A few months earlier, he had checked into a mental-health treatment facility after undergoing “total health treatment.”