One of the most iconic child stars in recent memory, Britney Spears, opened up about feeling “ugly” when she was younger in an emotional Instagram post.
The singer was just 16 years old when her hit song “…Baby One More Time” skyrocketed her to fame.
I know I need bangs 😜😜 !!!!! Who would have thought bangs could make you look waaaaay younger ?!?! I stopped having bangs in the 3rd grade and I remember like it was yesterday .... it was such a big deal to expose my forehead …. only pretty people in the south could do that and I never felt pretty enough to pull it off. All the beauty pageant girls did it but I never felt beauty pageants were my thing … I had bad teeth and felt like an ugly duckling. I met with a modeling agency but I wasn’t pretty enough so I went home and said, "maybe I can be like the older girls and show my forehead" !!!! I did and it looked sooooo bad but I thought I was gorgeous 🤣 !!!! I think I knew it didn’t look good but I did it because I thought it made me cool .... and I’ve pretty much had it like that ever since !!!! People choose different ways to protect themselves …. when I pull my bangs in front of my head I feel like I’m protected ... almost like I’m in 3rd grade again ⭐️💖🌸 !!!
A post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on May 18, 2020 at 3:48pm PDT
She confessed that a few years before that, she struggled with her self-esteem.
“I stopped having bangs in the 3rd grade and I remember like it was yesterday …. it was such a big deal to expose my forehead,” she wrote in her post. “All the beauty pageant girls did it but I never felt beauty pageants were my thing.”
I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart. However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand. More information on ticket refunds is available on britneyspears.com. I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always.
A post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on Jan 4, 2019 at 9:01am PST
Spears said she met with a modeling agency in her youth, but they told her she “wasn’t pretty enough.”
“I had bad teeth and felt like an ugly duckling,” she wrote.
She said she likes having bangs now because they help her feel like she’s “protected.”
“Almost like I’m in 3rd grade again,” Spears confessed.
Her fans were quick to show support and thank her for opening up.
“Girl you’re stunning, the prettiest woman alive, like hello? You’re BRITNEY SPEARS,” one user wrote.
“Queen of intimate details! Love when you share pieces of you! We stan a humble queen,” another said.
Even the princess of pop has her moments of weakness — here’s hoping her authentic posts inspire others to find strength in their faults.
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