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A Look Back At Britney Spears' Life According To Covers Of Us Weekly

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Us Weekly has been around since 1977 but was a monthly industry trade magazine until 2000, when it became the tabloid version you see in every supermarket checkout line + tote bag at the beach.

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.

US Weekly / Via backissues.com

Never has someone's speculative virginity captured the public's attention so much. She was 19 then and it was really...awkward. And weird. And just yikes.

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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.

Us Weekly / Via backissues.com

Britney wore a "dump him" shirt and Justin had that Britney lookalike in his "Cry Me a River" video.

It should also be noted that Justin's first single, "Like I Love You," kinda flopped, failing to crack the top 10. It's interesting how he used Britney's likeness in his second single, "Cry Me a River." Hmmm.

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Jan. 26, 2004: "It's getting nasty!"

Us Weekly / Via ebay.com

"IN HIDING! The groom says he's fine. Friends say he's furious. She's in seclusion. Worry sets in as Britney's bad behavior creates heartache and career chaos."

In all honesty, this whole Jason Alexander wedding was very strange.

But not as strange as...

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Nov. 26, 2007: A week after they were officially dunzo, Brit got a new haircut and is back for revenge.

Us Weekly / Via JANUARY 20 2003

"Mom's intervention.

The letter that ended it.

She leaves Kevin broke."

AND!

"Secrets of her makeover."

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Dec. 18, 2006: A week after that last Paris Hilton cover, there's talk of an INTERVENTION. Us is about to really go in.

Us Weekly / Via magazine-agent.com

"Spears' parents beg her to stop the party binge with Paris Hilton as she risks her career and the custody of her kids."

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Jan. 21, 2008: Us is basically predicting her suicide.

Us Weekly / Via britney-spears.blogcindario.com

"Jayden's terror, Kevin's desperate call to Lynne, inside the locked bathroom.

Dangerous love with a married paparazzo.

Aunt: 'She needs to be on suicide watch.'"

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The first Us Weekly cover she got after her breakdown, recovery, and unlikely comeback was in November 2009. That's over a year and half after he last cover.

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And there you have it: the life and times of Britney Spears through the lens of Us Weekly.

I think this is the only proper way to end this:

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