In the first few seconds of the trailer for the Lifetime biopic ‘Britney Ever After,’ the words “Britney Spears is the star of the millennium” flash across the screen. This is followed by flashes of party scenes, paparazzi, and more as star Natasha Bassett’s voiceover explains, “I’m not gonna say I was fine because I wasn’t.” Scenes that show the star at the height of her career – smiling and performing for cameras – are juxtaposed with those depicting her downward spiral – shaving her head and blowing smoke out of her mouth.
It is undeniable that Spears changed the meaning of the word ‘celebrity,’ but her path to stardom was filled with highs and lows that Lifetime is not sugarcoating. The 30-second trailer is composed entirely of flashing shots that between elation and anxiety as Bassett’s southern drawl narrates, “Everything’s just kind of this blur, you know? Until you hit rock bottom.”
However, despite the fact that all of these scenes are almost burned into the memories of anyone paying attention to pop culture in the early 2000s, Spears is not on board with the film. For obvious reasons, she is not thrilled about the rehashing of an extremely difficult period in her life – one where she was dissected by tabloids on a nearly daily basis. Her representative told EW that she will not contribute to the creation of the film “in any way, shape or form … nor does it have her blessing.” For this reason, it is unclear whether or not Spears’s copyrighted music will be featured in the movie.
Whether or not the film is an accurate depiction of her rise and fall from stardom will be revealed on February 18th at 8 p.m during the Lifetime premiere.