New book reveals what really happened to Britney during her meltdown

Rumors about what happened during Britney's supposed comeback at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards have been aflutter like a butterfly on Aderall -- and now answers are here.

A new book, "Britney: Inside the Dream" by Steve Dennis, exposes the truth behind the past few years of Brit's life. From custody battles to head-shaving antics and broken hearts, the book provides an inside look at the incidents that preceded each Britney breakdown.

The Mirror exclusively has excerpts from the book -- including how booze, confusion and a famous ex led to a chaotic spiral that fueled her horrendous MTV performance.

The book says that "Britney herself managed to ruin the most important performance of her life. Hours before the show, her anxieties raged. She decided it was a good idea to start drinking tequila shots to calm her nerves - one after the other."

From the first drop of Patron, the madness just seemed to twirl out control. It seems that Justin Timberlake decided to drop by to say good luck. Nice right? Apparently "he was cool and couldn't have been friendlier, but that wigged her out more," says a backstage source. "She was freaking out over the littlest thing."

The story goes on to reveal numerous dressing room mishaps, like the unexpected last-minute firing of hair and makeup team members and meltdowns of gigantic proportions. Then as things seemed to settle, Britney got dressed alone and decided to wear the infamous black bra, black hot pants and fishnets instead of the planned Trish Somerville one piece.

She was then rushed on stage by an MTV assistant, leaving no time for her team to step in. The rest is pop history. Now, as Britney's "Circus" tour raps up, it's nice to know there is a happy ending to an otherwise grim storybook. I guess you have to be cocooned by yucky before you can spread your new wings, right Brit?


In the new book, Britney: Inside The Dream, author Steve Dennis says Britney shaved her hair off in 2007 to spite her mother and management, who forced Britney into a terrible life of international stardom and untold riches. The Sun reports:

"The head-shaving had little do with self-loathing, more a loathing against the public persona that had defined her until then. "What few people knew was that Britney was rowing with her mum, LYNNE, who seemed to be incessantly reminding her of her motherly duties and responsibilities. "What made Britney most irate was that her mama kept mentioning how her ex Kevin wasn't forever on the town. This was all being viewed as controlling behaviour. "The head-shaving moment was the culmination of an escalating rebellion, heightened by heartbreak over her divorce and custody battle, that can be traced back to 2004 when Britney decided she no longer wished to conform, be controlled or take instruction." Steve adds: "What better way to rid herself of the performer's identity than by losing the very hair she famous for - sabotaging the act to free the person?"