Friday, December 02, 2011

Britney Spears Is 30

I remember Ben Affleck counting down the days until Britney Spears turned 18 and they could have sex. Not saying it did not happen before then, but I know he made a big deal of waiting until she turned 18. That seems like just yesterday but today Britney is 30. I am not a birthday poster but 30 for Britney is something. We have seen her go from Mickey Mouse Club innocence to really young teen who sold sex in school girl outfits to pretending to be a virgin with Justin Timberlake to being involved in a love triangle with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan to doing drugs to having one of the most public meltdowns the celebrity world has ever seen. Who can forget shaving off the hair or the pink wig? Who can forget her checking in and out of several hotels each day. The burn and crash of her relationship with K-Fed, who in Britney's honor will be eating 30 birthday cakes today, all of them chicken fried and counting his blessings that Britney is the one who is paying for them. There have been shady managers and the Adnan. Does he still live in the US? We have seen her go from great stage performances to the worst television performance to performances now that could be and look to be done with no emotion and no actual singing or dancing on Britney's part. We have seen her discover America's gas station bathrooms in her bare feet and seen every Starbucks run she has ever been on. We saw her do the whole Las Vegas wedding thing where she married a guy we all confused with George on Seinfeld. It seems to me the Britney we have now is a carefully managed, orchestrated, heavily medicated and a shell of what Britney once was. She has created a lot of drama and gossip in her 30 years and I would expect nothing less of her in the future. Happy birthday Britney!










40 comments:

parissucksliterally said...

I can't believe she is 30....I hope she retires the damn daisy duke shorts and white flip flops now....(like she actually will).

I also think she has lost her looks. I used to think she was so pretty, but she just isn't anymore. It's got to be really hard to peak at age 23. I wish they;d let her retire. Her heart is not in this anymore. She needs to live off her interest, and just be with her kids.

BigMama said...

Happy Birthday Brit Brit - your kiss with Madonna alone launched a 2 hour discussion with my pre-teen that I am still recovering from. LOL

I actually kinda like the kid all in all and hope she is happy.

heatherhug said...

She looks like an avatar in that second to last photo. Poor britney.

Ms Cool said...

ITA with parissucksliterally. I also agree with BigMama in that I kind of like her and hope her life gets better.

Rita said...

Only 30 years and so much living under her belt. She lived at least 2 lifetimes in these 3 little decades.

What can you say? We made her, we broke her, we re-elevated her.

Wish her well. I believe that she's had enough of showmanship and wants to live happily ever after with her man. But oddly enough, still addicted to fame.

From what I've heard, she'd been sexually abused very young by an uncle. Started doing coke at 14. And lived in a bubble, under pressure, while hiding her true desire for women. Some might call it the "experimental years", but we all know that glass house crumbled when she was pulled in different directions to please everyone while trying to have a semblance of a life.

No, I prefer my simple life, I'm not as strong as Britney to survive that kind of life in the spotlight.

Happy B'day Brit-Brit. Much more happiness and peace of mind in the decades to come.

parissucksliterally said...

I wish her well too, which is why i wish they'd let her retire. I think she is a stupid person, not evil or malicious in any way.

ItsAJ said...

Ben Affleck!? I'm lost... can anyone fill me in.

Is that why Enty says he is the site mascot or is that another reason?

Oh and Happy Birthday Britney. Always liked her. She has always seemed decent even with all the problems.

RenoBlondee said...

She had one of the best bodies in the biz back in the day.
Hope she gets and stays healthy.

Seachica said...

@Rita - where have you heard that she secretly desires women? I look at that series of photos - and she looks happiest with KFed. I have never heard whispers of her with women, beyond the experimenting that she (and so many women) do in their late teens/early 20s.

Dishtlk said...

I'm a die hard Britney fan. I was 13 when she first hit the scene and I was all about the bubblegum pop. I met her at an autograph session back in 1998 (maybe '99) and she was so sweet and nice in person. I really do think that even after everything if you were to get one on one with her she's still that same sweet girl.
I'm glad that she was able to pull through the tough times. I hope she can find true happiness, whatever that means for her. And while i selfishly hope that still includes music and touring, I saw the Femme Fatale tour (right at the start) and she seemed like she was enjoying herself. WAY more then when i saw her on the Circus tour. That said, I'd be trying to get 6 week stints in Vegas here and there if I was her. I'd go to Vegas to see her as I'm sure a lot of other people would too. And it would be a way for her to have stability even while doing shows. To do 6 or 8 week stints 2 or 3 times a year, she's be laughin.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRITNEY!!!

Kari said...

@ parissucksliterally - I totally agree with you. I'm also joining in on wishing her the best.

Seachica said...

@ItsAJ - Britney's fling with Ben Affleck is supposedly what broke up her relationship with Justin.

I hope she can just live her life at some point, free of the pressure of fame. You see pap photos of her often, but you don't see her showing up at screenings and events - I don't know if that makes me happy (she's spending time with her family and kids) or scares me (she's drugged up somewhere). Happy Birthday, Britney.

MacVixen said...

I have to agree that she looks incredibly happy in the K Fed pictures. I don't even remember - what ultimately broke them up?

The magazine cover with her kids cracks me up because her smile looks so forced. I've seen that look on my own face when I'm trying to wrestle my two boys long enough to take a photo: "Hey Photographer! Just take the damn picture before both these kids completely freak out on me!" :)

HannahPalindrome said...

She's a bitch in person...not a fan

Rita said...

@Seachica, during her breakdown, a LOT of information got out, notably the sexual abuse, drug abuse, and her girl-loving ways.

She was caught in Amsterdam around her 20th year hooking up with a girl. Also, remember her saphic relationship with Paris Hilton? The sharing of stay-up nylons (each wearing only one, leaving the other leg nude - a 50's style saphic trend).

There are also all those Ted blinds that per time lines were proven to be Brit-brit.

Which explains Cry me a River: Justin did catch her with someone else, it was a woman, and apparently it was love for Brit.

Me said...

yes, yes, cry me a river ^^.

her life looks so sad when written out like that.

with all the talk about her bf proposing, i have to wonder; can a person under a conservatorship GET married?

MISCH said...

I feel sorry for her she simply wasn't emotionally equipped for this kind of life.

Seachica said...

@Rita - I'm just not sure that any of that means that she is actually a lesbian. She went through a huge period of rebellion, and in the late 90s/early 2000s, rebellion often meant exploring your sexuality with other women (it still does, actually). She played with Paris, and perhaps with other women. She explored her wild side. And now she is past that....and I just don't think that her long-term preference is for women. I haven't heard anything since the breakdown about her being with women, and Britney has publicly shown huge (and non-publicity setup) love for several guys - KFed, Justin, and her childhood bfriend who she married for 24 hours (which as I recall set off her breakdown period...because her parents clamped down and forced her to annul it). She may have experimented with women, but I think she is happiest with guys.

I hope her current boyfriend is making Britney happy. She deserves some happiness in her ilfe, and I don't think she is equipped to find happiness in herself sadly.

EmEyeKay said...

I don't remember any of the Ben Affleck madness! That's kinda creepy.

Rita said...

@Seachica - I personally believe she is too drug-controlled to be able to make a conscious decision. The poor thing has emptiness in her eyes, and is just following what everyone is telling her to do.

BTW, those quick marriages and other guys, could also simply be a way to please her people in giving the public what they want, and to also hide her true nature for fear of persecution.

Any gay man or woman in the closet could tell you this. Coming out is the toughest thing you can ever do, if you were not honest about your sexuality in the first place. And doing it while living in the public eye, and having too many people putting pressure not do so because they depend on you financially, is unfathomable.

Jolene Jolene said...

It was pretty well known back then that her relationship with Justin ended when she cheated on him with her choreographer (and his) Wade Robsen. Not that she didn't cheat with Ben Affleck too, but it was pretty much an open secret about Wade.

I still love her. Always will. You definitely have something special when you can go through so much in the spotlight, meltdowns and all, and still have a pretty loyal group of fans--and people who weren't even fans of her or her music yet still wish her well. I just want to see her dance like she used to!

Jolene Jolene said...

And I'm also with Seachica. We live in a world where gay and straight don't necessarily have a clean cut line drawn in the sand. I have no doubt she is sexually attracted to women and has done quite a lot of experimentation, but I don't think she's a lesbian.

figgy said...

I agree that she seems like a likable, basically decent person. But she's a shell.

I wish she'd get a really good money manager who would set her up in a relatively modest home in Louisiana where she could live quietly and hopefully regain her sanity.

Feisty said...

I wish she could get off the heavy meds and do something that would heal her brain chemistry.

She used to have such a spark, it sucks that it looks like its gone forever. I wish she would find something to occupy her time other than touring, but she seems to need structure.

DixieTheNoble82 said...

@Rita - I think your first comment was wonderful.

I love Britney. I have been totally taken by her since she exploded into our world with 'Baby One More Time'.

I wouldn't admit how much I loved her at the time, I'm only a few months younger than her so I wasn't going to be that awkward senior girl totally loving the new pop princess. I remember the ribbing another female senior received a few years prior for liking Hanson.

Anyway, I have her first two CD's and absolutely loved them. I like a few of her newest songs also.

Mostly I really just like her. Her story, everything. I feel like I can almost relate because I've been there done that with the marriages, divorces, break-downs, losing custody of my daughter to her father, un-ending parties, drugs, slowing bouncing back... I could go on.

She does seem so different now but I hope she is happy in her private life - regardless of what the cameras show.

Happy birthday, Britney! <3

Maja. With a J. said...

Britney Spears is the reason why I completely believe in all those conspiracy theories about mind control in the entertainment industry. She is like a robot at this point. But hey, happy birthday!

Seachica said...

@Rita - I think that if Britney were choosing guys to give the public what they wanted, she would have chosen guys who fit a more upscale, classier image. She married two guys who were low class, in keeping with the uneducated, rural Louisianan girl she is. Neither of them were guys the public would have wanted with the princess image she has, and both were guys that her publicists and managmeent didn't like. Not something that indicates that they were beards.

Justin fits a publicist's choice of beard image, but they got together so young, and their relationship was kept secret for a long time - it makes me think that they werent' bearding; that they were legitimately in love at some point (which fell out of love, because that's what 18 year olds do).

I know nothing about the agent she is seeing now, but I don't think he's a beard because he isn't being pranced around with her. Beards for celebrities are public; otherwise what's the purpose of having a beard at all? I don't know if she is genuinely in love, or if her dad has simply found someone he's grooming to take over for him.

We will have to agree to disagree. :)

Rita said...

@Seachica, when you put it in such a classy and eloquent way, I so don't mind it AT ALL. Au contraire, appreciate it!

J LO said...

Happy Bday Miss B. Love ya!

RocketQueen said...

Excellent summary, Enty.

I, like most commenters, wish her well. I remember at the height of her craziness it was being said she was having sex with total strangers and had zero self-respect for herself, and my heart kind of broke a little.

Happy birthday, B. What I wish for you is a couple of solid years off where no one's looking at you like a cash cow and true love.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Does anybody remember that guy she was seeing for two seconds...we called him Manimal????

ItsAJ said...

@Brendalove http://www.crazydaysandnights.net/2007/07/manimal.html This guy is it?

Pookie said...

and the sad thing is, the industry isn't done w/ her yet.

i can't even go there right now...so i'll just post that the following line has given me a serious lol for the day (thx enty):

'K-Fed, who in Britney's honor will be eating 30 birthday cakes today, all of them chicken fried'

Jasmine said...

This makes me think about the South Park episode where Britney came to hide from all the paparazzi and the town found out cornered her in a field and slowly began taking pictures of her until she collapsed and died. It was fucking insane but I can see the way she has become broken down, and like Enty said, a shell of who she was, because of the relentless celebrity bubble she was forced constantly in.

I think she is a great example of how truly manic and insane celebrity life is and where it can take you, mentally, if you let it eclipse who you are inside. I think once you forget that individual part of you and let your celebrity be all you identify yourself through- then the machine that is hollywood has you.

I think Britney wore her desperation, alienation and isolation on the outside briefly for all of us to see. I think there are many many more celebs who feel just as crazy as she did but hide it better with drugs/alchohol etc.

She isnt an iconic person to me, like a Madonna or Michael Jackson or Elvis (and it's super annoying when ppl compare her as such) but she is someone whom I feel gave so much of herself she is now lost to the industry- and I feel for the girl she was and the lost person she now is and i hope one day she can find herself again.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

@ItsAJ - YES YES!!! That's MANIMAL! I miss that caveman!

ChasingHeaven said...

LOL! Manimal! Classic.

ardleigh said...

Happy Birthday Brit-Brit! Wishing you all the best.

trollslayer said...

Absolutely fucking everything that Jasmine said.

I don't wish her ANY more drama. I hope she gets to fade away into blissful obscurity and experience boring, glorious normalcy for once in her chaotic (sorry, I had to) life.

Robert said...

@Maja: This will be the second time today someone jumps on your theory: that clip of that interview Diane Sawyer did with Britney (on Youtube, among others)is pretty bizarre.

Lelaina Pierce said...

I'll always have a soft spot for Britney. Happy Birthday!