How Many Times Had Britney Spears Been Married?

Britney Spears is a singer, songwriter, and pop culture icon who rose to fame in the late nineties. Spears is responsible for the songs “Baby One More Time” and “Oops!…I Did It Again,” tunes that have become industry standards. Spears has been the subject of significant controversy over the years, and fans have often speculated about her family life and her mental health. Still, Spears has probably made headlines most often for her romantic relationships, and her marriages have gone down in history as being exceptionally buzzworthy. 

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Britney Spears was a child star

Britney Spears was born in Mississippi in 1981. She began singing in her local church choir, and when she was a mere toddler, her parents recognized that she had a major talent for performing, according to IMDb. She began taking gymnastics and voice lessons, and when she was eight years old, she started her pursuit of a career in the entertainment industry. When she was just over 10, she landed a spot on the series The Mickey Mouse Club

After a few years of starring on the children’s show, alongside fellow stars-to-be like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, Spears started pursuing a singing career. Her debut album, …Baby One More Time, was released in January 1999 and was an instant success, debuting at number one. Fans and critics loved Spears, and the album’s lead single, “…Baby One More Time,” became her signature. Over the next few years, Spears’ star continued to rise, with the release of her second album, Oops!… I Did It Again, cementing her status as a cultural icon. Unfortunately, Spears wasn’t experiencing as much success in her personal life as in her professional one.

Britney Spears’ first marriage

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In 1998, as Britney Spears was on the verge of becoming a megastar, she launched a romantic relationship with her childhood friend, Justin Timberlake. The two quickly became the “it” couple of the decade, stepping out on red carpets together and enjoying the attention of millions of fans all around the world. Still, by 2001, the two had called it quits.

In 2003, Spears reconnected with another childhood friend named Jason Alexander. Things moved quickly and after a wild New Year’s celebration, Spears and Alexander tied the knot in a Las Vegas ceremony. Their marriage lasted a record fifty-five hours before Spears moved to annul the quickie wedding. Alexander later admitted to ABC News that he regrets the way that their marriage ended, and that he hoped for a while to get back together with her: “I had obviously got my feelings involved.”

Who was Britney Spears’ second husband?

Only a few months after her brief marriage to Jason Alexander ended, Britney Spears got together with a backup dancer named Kevin Federline. They got married not long after they started dating, and in short order, they welcomed two sons, Sean Preston, and Jayden James. Their marriage was plagued by constant media scrutiny and by the end of 2006, a mere two and a half years after they first got married, Spears and Federline divorced, according to MTV

Spears has not been in another marriage since her romance with Federline dissolved, but she did go on to date a slew of other men. Following her divorce from Federline, she dated a talent representative named Jason Trawick from 2009 until 2013. These days, she is going out with a model named Sam Asghari, according to Mic. They first started dating in 2016, after meeting on the set of Spears’ music video “Slumber Party.” While it seems unlikely that Spears and Asghari will ever get married, Spears’ past romances have proven that anything is possible.