2000 was also the time of Britney Spears. Britney literally grew up on the covers of Us Weekly and is without a doubt the tabloid queen of the past 20 years. Over the past 16 years, Britney has been a darling, then a target, and then a straight-up victim of the tabloid industry.
The first time Britney was on the cover of Us Weekly was on June 4, 2001, and it was because of her virginity — a subject that she was hounded about ever since her debut.
Dec. 1, 2001: Britney is voted one of the "Women of the Year," sandwiched between Condoleezza Rice and that woman from Just Shoot Me.
Feb. 18, 2002: The first (and only) cover story about Britney and Justin's relationship.
Apr. 1, 2002: The breakup.
Aug. 19, 2002: That summer, Britney and Justin apparently ran into each other with a "big fight and dance-off."
Sept. 2, 2002: Us Weekly paints Britney as a "betrayer."
AND THEN, a week later, they ran the complete opposite cover with Justin: "Solo in every way, the sexy singer sets the record straight on his new life, his hot new album Justified, & the truth about all those romance rumors."
Dec. 23, 2002: IT'S WAR.
Jan. 20, 2003: Its been almost a year since they broke up and Britney speaks!
Feb. 17, 2003: For the rest of 2003, Us links Britney with a different random famous guy.
March 17, 2003: A month later, she's with Fred Durst.
Sept. 1, 2003: And by September, she's with Jared Leto.
Sept. 15, 2003: Us takes a break from the weekly Britney boy drama to bring us "Hot new best friends!"
Nov. 10, 2003: Back to another story about Britney hooking up with some random guy. This time --> John Cusack!
Jan. 19, 2004: Shit. She's married.
Jan. 26, 2004: "It's getting nasty!"
May 10, 2004: THE K-FED ERA.
Sept. 6, 2004: BRITNEY + K-FED ARE GETTING MARRIED AND SHE IS A BRIDEZILLA.
Oct. 4, 2004: WAIT, now Us is saying she faked the wedding.
Feb. 8, 2005: Four months later, we have Britney's private album!