Spears can talk. And she will tonight in a much-hyped interview
with Diane Sawyer.
She has a
TV music special Monday night for In The Zone, and her new album
is out Tuesday.
In the meantime,
she's had plenty to say. Herewith, Britney Spears: A life in quotes.
like, 12 or 13 and it was, like, 'Hi, do you like me?' It was,
like, puppy love."
-- On what
it was like with Justin Timberlake when they were on The Mickey
Mouse Club together.
to be an artist that everyone can relate to, that's young and
happy and fun."
1998. In a record label release for the upcoming ... Baby One
More Time, 16-year-old Britney gives her mission statement.
to go to a lot of overseas places, like Canada."
-- In January,
1999, shortly after the release of ...Baby One More Time, the
geographically challenged Britney made her first Toronto appearance,
an autograph signing at the Markville Shopping Centre. She says
she loves her mall tour. "You're in a mall. You get to shop!"
means, 'Hit me with a sign.'"
tells The Sun's Jane Stevenson ... Baby One More Time is not about
violence. She goes on to say about her wardrobe: "That's
how kids are today. Where I'm from, I don't think anything of
it if someone has a sports bra on and is dancing. It'd be different
if my skirt was up to my ass."
Affleck. He's so cute. And he doesn't have a girlfriend now, does
1999. The increasingly famous Britney spills the beans on which
movie star she'd most like to get hooked up with. She eventually
got his phone number, but says she never used it.
how to drink. Me and my mom will have a glass of wine together
and that's fine. But I stop before (I'm inebriated). I just sit
there and go all quiet because I hate to lose control."
1999, in a Rolling Stone interview that featured Britney on the
cover in hot pants and a push-up bra.
been working a really long time for this. I've hoped and dreamed
that all of this would come to reality."
-- May, 1999.
Britney's No. 1 on both the Billboard album and singles charts,
and she's signed to guest on three episodes of Dawson's Creek.
would just die if I did that!"
-- June, 1999.
Britney denies having breast implants.
like a brother to me. Every time we read stories about us, we
-- June, 1999.
Britney denies any romantic attachment to Justin Timberlake.
been finding that there are a lot of older guys in the audience
lately. I don't want to be part of someone's Lolita thing. It
freaks me out."
2000, on the eve of the release of Oops... I Did It Again.
him. He is the cutest thing in the world, and we talk. But it's
2000. Britney still sort of denying the Justin thing.
God, we were in the Mickey Mouse Club together! We still hang
out when we see each other at a club."
-- May, 2000.
Britney denies a rivalry with Christina Aguilera, who beat her
out for a New Artist Grammy.
did anything else, it would be a mistake."
-- May, 2000.
Britney tells a German magazine she plans to remain a virgin until
her wedding night.
just asked me before I came in here, 'Is it true that this guy
offered you some $17 million to have sex with him?' and I was
like, 'What are you talking about?' "
-- June, 2000.
Britney, in Toronto, denies an American billionaire offered $17
you're comfortable with someone you love, the silence is the best.
And that's how me and J are. When we're in a room together, we
don't have to say anything."
2000. Okay, maybe she is seeing Justin.
the whole thing was going to be about the tiger. I mean, I'm in
a cage with a tiger! But no one says anything about that. Me and
the snake, that was the big thing."
2001. A bemused Britney accesses the response to her animal-act
performance of I'm A Slave 4 U on the MTV Video Music Awards.
my dancers are gay and I love them. I talk to them more than my
2001. Britney kisses up to the gay press at a Toronto press conference
promoting her third album, Britney. She declined comment on that
week's big news, the war in Afghanistan.
to take things so seriously in such a bad way. Now I've realized
that I can have a lot more fun. And I think my boyfriend's helped
me to break that habit. He's just a complete goofball. My priorities
have changed. I love what I do, but it's not my life. My family,
my God and my boyfriend, that's my life."
2001. Britney reassesses her priorities on the eve of her 20th
know, things happen for a reason. I pray that it doesn't (bomb),
but this is just something I had to do for me."
2002. Britney crosses her fingers on the release of her first
movie starring role, in Crossroads.
taking a break, so people are writing that I'm having a meltdown."
2002. Britney takes a break on the heels of mediocre box office
for Crossroads, disappointing sales for the album Britney, her
breakup with Justin and her parents' divorce.
a good kisser."
2003. Britney on flame du jour Colin Farrell.
not my type."
2003. Britney denies a liaison with Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst,
who'd gone public with X-rated details of their alleged affair.
only slept with one person my whole life. It was two years into
my relationship with Justin, and I thought he was the one. But
I was wrong! I didn't think he was gonna go on Barbara Walters
and sell me out."
-- July, 2003.
Britney admits she did it.
to London from New York and I couldn't believe it was all over
the papers there. It's crazy and it's bizarre, and also kind of
2003. Britney comments on public reaction to the kiss she shared
with Madonna on the MTV Video Music Awards.
know why we ever did that to be honest with you. It was just something
a business manager wanted to do. It's a restaurant, I really don't
give a shit. Can we talk about my music instead of my restaurant?"
2003. Britney gets peeved after her New York restaurant Nyla closes
for health violations.