After all, it's been over a decade since that fateful night in February 2007 when she stepped into a hair salon in a Los Angeles-area suburb and shaved all her hair off as the prying eyes of the paparazzi documented every moment of the shocking incident. And in that time, of course, there have been plenty of other celebrities—from the music world or otherwise—who've experienced enough stumbles and pitfalls of their own, dislodging those sad memories of her from that place they'd once occupied in our minds. It didn't hurt that, at the same time, Spears, with the help of her father Jamie Spears and lawyer Andrew M. Wallet though a decade-long conservatorship, has gone on to rebuild her life, seemingly brick by brick, reforming it into the quietly mighty empire she now possesses—emphasis on the word quiet.
Despite her continued near-ubiquitous presence in the world of pop culture, thanks to a delightful Instagram feed and a history-making Las Vegas residency, life for the singer, who turns 37 on Sunday, Dec. 2, has been decidedly private. She does little to no press. If she's not on stage, she's rarely seen. It may be something of an oxymoron to say that the woman about to kick off her second stay on the Las Vegas Strip come February lives a small life, but it's accurate. In honor of her big day, let's take a look inside the private world of the pop princess.
Thanks to the existence of the conservatorship that a judge installed to essentially take over her life in the wake of her dual emergency hospitalizations in January 2008, Spears is perhaps the one celebrity whose net worth we can assess with absolute certainty. And in documents obtained by E! News this August, we learned that the pop star is worth well over $56 million dollars. Key to her fortunes, aside from album sales, of course, is the money earned performing night after night during her Piece of Me residency, which ended on New Year's Eve in 2017, and her summer tour across the East Coast and Europe, as well as the profits from her massively lucrative fragrance line with Elizabeth Arden, of which there are 25 distinct fragrances, from 2004's Curious to this summer's unisex Prerogative.
Looking to keep her empire continually expanding, Spears and her team have partnered with Epic Rights to create a haircare line, along with clothing, exercise gear, electronics, and other accessories. "We see this new lifestyle collection as Britney's next step in connecting with her legions of loyal fans around the globe," her longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, told WWD in April of this year. "Sharing her style and fashion sense through products she has developed is a testament to her authenticity as well as her commitment to and appreciation of the fans that have made it all possible." The Britney Spears Lifestyle program has an expected launch of spring 2019, shortly after she kicks off Britney: Domination at the Park MGM in February.
Despite the fact that she's sitting high atop a multi-million dollar empire, her past year hasn't been without its financial hits in the form of a challenge to her long-standing custody arrangement with ex-husband Kevin Federline. In March, E! News confirmed that the father of the singer's two sons, Sean Preston, 13, and Jayden James, 12, had requested an increase in the $20,000 he's received each month since 2008, "given that the kids are older and the financial circumstances of the parties are significantly different than when the child support was originally resolved."
After an initial attempt to settle out of court, Federline filed papers with the court in May formally requesting a change in the agreement while also requesting that Spears cover his attorney's fees. In the documents, the former backup dancer estimated his monthly income around $3,000, "less than 1 percent" of Spears'. He stated that, as a result of being unable to provide a lifestyle for his sons similar to the one Spears provides, he sought out the increase "to provide some sort of remote parity between the lifestyles."
In August, she was ordered to pay Federline $110,000 to cover his legal "costs and fees," and a month later, it was reported that the former couple had settled, with Spears agreeing to pay her ex "thousands more a month in child support." At the time, a source told E! News that the "Slumber Party" singer was "very unhappy" with the settlement, but understood that it was "in her best interest" to move on from the whole ordeal. "She was tired of fighting about it and is ready to get on with her life and put this behind her," the source added.
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How Britney Spears Overcame Financial Hardship, Custody Battles and Repeated Heartbreak to Find a Surprisingly Normal World