Britney Spears' highly criticized performance of "Gimme More" at the 2007 VMAs left fans baffled and sparked scrutiny of her mental health. However, recently unearthed dress rehearsal footage tells a different story. The clip showcases a flawless routine from the pop star, in stark contrast to the disorientated performance witnessed on the night.
In her explosive memoir, "The Woman In Me," Spears revealed an awkward backstage run-in with her ex Justin Timberlake before her show. She confessed to feeling panicked, unprepared, and unhappy with her appearance, writing, "I knew it was going to be bad." Nevertheless, Spears appeared polished and full of energy during her dress rehearsals, impressing fans with her dedication and emotion.
The contrast between the rehearsal and the actual performance left many speculating about what might have transpired. Fans expressed their curiosity and anticipation to hear the behind-the-scenes story now that Spears is free to speak. Some expressed their preference for her in a ponytail and jeans, while others commented that the final performance seemed to have deteriorated from the rehearsals.
During the controversial performance, Spears took the stage in her underwear, revealing visible hair extensions due to her decision to shave her head months prior. The public and critics universally panned the comeback attempt, which came to a grinding halt after numerous technical and personal hindrances.
Months later, Spears faced personal struggles and was eventually hospitalized for her well-being. She slowly reclaimed her place in the spotlight, sharing occasional snapshots with her sons, indicating a tender bond between the mother and her children.
The revelations from Spears' memoir shed light on the challenges and pressure she experienced leading up to her troubled performance. The resurrection of the dress rehearsal footage serves as a reminder of the potential she possessed and the unfortunate circumstances that unfolded.