20 Surprising Facts You Never Knew About Britney Spears


1. The Pop Princess and Prince William

Britney Spears is no stranger to the spotlight. Despite a tumultuous career and personal life (she's recently accused her father of forcing her to take drugs and stay in hospital) the pop singer has always persevered and gone on to amaze her fans with hit after hit. 

Though everybody likes to think they know their idols like they know their friends there's often a lot we don't know! But these 20 facts show a side of Britney you may never have realized she had!

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Before Prince William married everybody's favorite royal, Kate Middleton, he and Spears reportedly e-mailed one another back and forth. Though we're sure the two saw an attraction in the other (both gorgeous, both very much V.I.P's!) Britney is reported as saying;

"He was supposed to come and see me somewhere but it didn't work out." 

2. Understudying with Natalie Portman

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Britney and Natalie Portman both worked as understudies for an off-broadway play Ruthless. Britney was just ten at the time and doubtless formed a close bond with fellow actress Portman...

3. Britney played by Portman...

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... They must have been close! Britney has said if a film were ever to be made about her life she would want Natalie Portman to play her! They're both beautiful and knew each other as kids so that's a good start...

3. Baby Spears

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Britney first started singing when she was just 5 years old! At her kindergarten graduation, she got up on stage and belted out a song for the audience. 

Though she tells Rolling Stone that she was singing into her hairbrush from the age of 2. 

4. She worked in a gym from the age of 12 

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Britney Spears worked at her father's gymnasium, Total Fitness by Jamie, as the aerobics coordinator. 

Clearly, Spears learned from an early age that she had to work had to get where she wanted to go! She must also have been super fit!  

5. She also waited tables at her Grandmother's restaurant 

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At Granny's Seafood and Deli Britney waitressed tables and operated the cash register. You have to wonder how much time Britney got just to be a child and have fun... 

6. Tom-boy turned beauty-queen

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Britney wasn't much of a "girly-girl" in her youth, instead, she liked racing go-karts and playing basketball. I say good for you, girl! Show the boys how it's done!

7. Sharing sets with Grease 

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Britney's famous "Hit Me Baby One More Time" pop classic was actually filmed in the same high-school set as Grease

The musical melodies that must have rung through those halls, hey?!

8. Astronaut/trauma surgeon boyfriend!

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In Britney's "Oops, I Did It Again" music video the man who played her love interest is now a trauma surgeon in Phoneix! 

Britney's astronaut boyfriend or helping people heal, both pretty great occupations right?!

9. She's crazy for her catsuit

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Although the director of the music video "Hit Me Baby One More Time" had a different catsuit which he preferred to the red one Britney was apparently adamant that red one was the right one. 

And to be fair, if I looked that good in pleather, I'd be just as adamant on it! 

10. She could have been a big-screen Queen 

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That's right! Britney auditioned for the famous romantic movie The Notebook with former fellow performer Ryan Gosling. 

The part went to Rachel Mcadams in the end but it would have been so interesting to see Britney in the role!

11. The Britney Spears bar and restaurant

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Britney set up her very own restaurant in 2002. Although Spears has found a lot of success in other things, establishing a restaurant was not one of them! 

Nyla, was a restaurant serving both New York and Lousiana inspired dishes. But Spears parted ways with management within a mere few months of business. 

12. Judging you...

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In 2012 Britney became the highest paid reality TV judge of all time. This girl does not quit, does she?!

Hopefully, she's seen the majority of that money (as rumors are rife that her Dad controls her finances...) 

13. Stuck at a crossroads

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Britney starred in just one film, Crossroads. 

The film was written by Shonda Rhimes, who also wrote Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal

Though critics weren't crazy about it I'm just amazed that Britney has so many freakin' talents! 

14. Firestarter

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Spears accidentally set fire to her brother's apartment in 2002. 

Her Mom, Lynn, wrote about the event, explaining; “Brit had left a candle burning in front of an air vent. The wall caught on fire, and the fire department had to come to put it out.”

15. Shot gone wedding

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Britney married childhood sweetheart Jason Alexander in 2004 but the marriage lasted just 55 hours.

16. Not a fan of fame

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Despite her own lifelong stint in the limelight, Britney is hopeful that her two sons, Preston and Jayden, will not want to be famous. 

She has said; "I think the magnitude of it and the fame thing, I don't think they've really comprehended what that would even be like. Hopefully, they never will, because it's kind of much."

17. Singing wasn't always the goal

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Although Britney always enjoyed singing she initially found gymnastics and dancing to be her favored hobby. She would make an hour-long car journey to attend dance classes, talk about commitment!

18. "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" 

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Britney found early success performing on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" as a child, but she didn't meet immediate success, she was originally turned down!

But, feisty as ever, Britney didn't take no for an answer. She re-auditioned and was accepted onto the program. It just goes to show what a hard working woman she is and always has been! 

19. Janet Jackson & Whitney Houston made her the woman she is

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Spears credits Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston as influences in her early life and musical career. 

Speaking to Variety Spears claimed that she "really admired" the two singers. 

20. Reality TV regrets...

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A lot of people have judged Britney's choices but the thing Britney herself says she most regrets is hosting reality TV. 

Britney and then-husband Kevin Federline hosted "Britney and Kevin: Chaotic"

She told The Telegraph, "I would never do something like that again. Actually, that was really bad. That was probably the worst thing I've done in my career."

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She's an amazing woman, right?

Are you a Britney fan? Which of these facts did you not know about? Let me know in the comments and be sure to share with all Britney lovers! AAx