Tuesday 17 October 2017

#TBT: How far she's come - 10 years on from Britney Spears' meltdown

Britney Spears in 2007, left, and right, in 2016
Britney Spears in 2007, left, and right, in 2016
Singer Britney Spears wins Best Pop Video for "Piece of Me" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on the Paramount Studios lot on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(FILES): This September 6, 2001 file photo shows US pop star Britney Spears performing with a snake draped over her shoulders at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New York
Britney Spears at the 1999 VMAs
Singer Britney Spears performs on stage during the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards held at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer Britney Spears performs onstage during the MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer Britney Spears attends Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
‘When you go through heartbreak, you just do the things that get you by’ — Spears during her 2007 meltdown
Singer Britney Spears performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Singer Britney Spears performs at the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Singer Britney Spears performs at the 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 on December 02, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Recording artist Britney Spears performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Singer Britney Spears performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 presented by Capital One at Staples Center on December 2, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Recording artist Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Britney Spears and Michael Jackson on stage at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, August 29, 2002. Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect.
A Britney Spears concert has interfered with the Israeli leadership election. Photographer: Scott Gries/ImageDirect
Britney Spears arrives at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) August 28, 2011 at the Noika Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. Brown (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Britney Spears has come a long way.

2007 was a tough year for Britney and it was a tough year to be her fan. Exactly 10 years ago today, marked the beginning of a rocky road to recovery when she left a rehab facility and walked straight into a hair salon in Los Angeles and shaved her head.

The paparazzi took an almost morbid glee in her actions and continued to pursue her daily, in their hundreds, for the months and years following.

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‘When you go through heartbreak, you just do the things that get you by’ — Spears during her 2007 meltdown

In the weeks that followed, tabloids reported on her erratic behaviour and her mental health status which came to a head later that year after an worrisome performance at the MTV VMAs, wearing a wig and forgetting most of the words and moves throughout her routine.

It was supposed to be her comeback to the VMA stage where she cemented her superstar status so many years before, but it signalled a troubled few months ahead - she lost custody of her children to ex-husband Kevin Federline and in 2015, she regained primary custody.

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Singer Britney Spears performs onstage during the MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Hotel and Casino on September 9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

While she has never shied away from discussing her breakdown, she doesn't exactly welcome the conversation with open arms, only discussing it at select times with certain publications.

She told MTV in a 2008 documentary: "I sit there and I look back and I'm like, 'I'm a smart person. What the hell was I thinking?'

"I've been through a lot in the past two or three years, and there's a lot that people don't know."

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Singer Britney Spears wins Best Pop Video for "Piece of Me" at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on the Paramount Studios lot on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

She would become involved in an ongoing legal battle with her former manager Sam Lufti, who alleged she was using drugs and had a restraining order against her. He was later accused of drugging and abducting Spears and last year, both parties reached an out of court settlement for withdrawing his defamation suit against the singer.

10 years later, her father Jamie is still her conservator and controls her finances and approves major decisions in her life - a court decision which has become a consistent talking point in the US media.

These days, she is settled in one place and extended her residency at the Planet Hollywood & Casino in Las Vegas by another two years, which nets her $35m.

She performed at the VMAs in September for the first time since that 2007 performance and is currently dating Sam Asghari.

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Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

"I’m in a real good place in my life," she told People in 2015.

"I’m the happiest I’ve ever been."

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