Yesterday, I told you that Britney Spears recently confessed that making “Chaotic,” her reality show with her then-husband Kevin Federline, was her “worst career decision.” On one hand, I see what Britney means. After years of being beloved by the tabloids, especially as one-half of a super couple with fellow pop star Justin Timberlake, Britney was already being scrutinized for her relationship with Federline and for showing the cracks in what had been a rather pristine image. Suddenly she was wearing trucker hats and eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in public with her trashy boyfriend! The scandal!
“Chaotic” further pulled back the curtain on what was, I think, the real Britney — a burping country girl who became the most famous pop star in the world who couldn’t stand to fake perfection for a second longer. After “Chaotic,” of course, things spiraled out of control — after a brief period of happiness with Federline, which produced two sons, Britney had a mental breakdown that she has yet to fully bounce back from. In that sense, “Chaotic” was a bad career move because it showed to the world what Britney’s handlers were desperate to keep hidden. But honestly, I loved “Chaotic.” I think it shows Britney at her most authentic, before the push and pull between who she is and what was expected of her became too much to bear. This Britney I love. Funny, sweet, weird and spontaneous, “Chaotic” covers a period of Britney’s life when she was in the midst of messily seeking freedom. And did I mention that the show was epically GIF-able? Keep reading »