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Revisiting Rolling Stone's "The Tragedy of Britney Spears"


On February 21, 2008, the first of two Rolling Stone covers starring Britney Spears that year hit newsstands. Using a portrait of Spears taken in 2004, it invited readers "inside an American tragedy," by way of a nine-page story by then-contributing editor Vanessa Grigoriadis.

Unable to secure a sit-down with her troubled subject, the journalist's contact with Spears, "a perfectly-proportioned porcelain doll with a nasty weave," was limited to distant encounters as she tagged along with paparazzi from Hollywood.tv. (Grigoriadis would later cite the website's founder, Sheeraz Hasan, as her primary source.)

"The Tragedy of Britney Spears" seemed to confirm several longstanding rumors about Spears—that she'd had, and swiftly removed, breast implants in her late teens, and had consummated her relationship with Justin Timberlake long before publicly proclaiming abstinence—and suggested that she'd been abusing pills prior to her first hospitalization on January 3 of that year. It painted her, not as a young woman in the throes of a mental health crisis, but as a chain-smoking "inbred swamp thing," "arrogant, anxiety-ridden and paranoid."

Below, eight of the story's most illuminating and/or sensational passages.

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Full story at the source.

Shout out to frejasface, whose "Notorious" series inspired this post!
Tags: 2000s, britney spears, magazine covers and articles, rumors / gossip, time warp
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July 22 2021, 07:57:26 UTC 2 months ago

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I started watching that YT 'documentary' last night but couldn't finish it. Those days where you were literally surrounded by paps that you had to tell them to move because they were blocking your way. She was controlled from such a young age, I forgot how she had that 55hour marriage in Vegas and as soon as people found out all the lawyers swooped in to annul it. That seemed to be the first example of her rebelling. Just insane.

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