Born in Kentwood, La. on December 2, 1981, the former Mickey Mouse Club cast member was one of the first major female teen pop stars of the late 90s. For years, Spears was a diva worth drooling over back in her "Baby One More Time" days. However, although she has generated record-breaking sales and worldwide notoriety, recent press involving Spears is no longer associated with her talent. Since the birth of her two children, Sean Preston on September 14, 2005, and Jayden James on September 12, 2006, and her high-profile divorce from ex-Kevin Federline in 2006, headlines bearing Spears' name report on her bizarre psychotic behaviors, drug use, and a tumultuous custody battle over her two sons.
In 2008, Spears ended her lengthy legal battle and reached a settlement with Federline over the custody of their kids. Spears also agreed to hand over all legal and business control to her father in a co-conservatorship. Since then, she reemerged in late 2008 looking healthier while promoting her massively successful sixth album, Circus.
Spears and her former manager, Jason Trawick, got engaged in December 2011. Spears returned her $90,000 engagement ring to Trawick when the couple split in January 2013.