Once upon a time Britney Spears' antics made her a tabloid darling - the world couldn't turn away from the trainwreck that was her life. For a while it looked like the days of making fun of Britney for shaving her head and wielding an umbrella were long gone, but joining "The X Factor" has seemingly put a large target on her back.
There are already tons of stories criticizing Britney's appearance at the May 14 Fox Upfront presentation, where Simon Cowell introduced Britney and Demi Lovato as the new judges on "The X Factor." MediaTakeOut bashed Brit for not wearing any panties underneath one of the two dresses she wore at the event, but in the photo in question, it actually looks like she's just wearing a flesh-colored thong.
Britney was also photographed with bloody, chewed-up fingernails, prompting The Daily Mail to speculate that her nerves might be a problem. However, the singer has been suffering from the bad habit for years, and nail-biting probably won't affect her ability to judge singers on "The X Factor."
And apparently Brit-Brit just has a thing for chewing in general - TMZ reported that she was chewing a piece of gum while speaking to FOX cameras before going onstage. However, a major crisis was averted when she ditched the gum and stopped smacking before she went in front of advertisers. And it's not like she was the only one chewing gum - her new boss Simon Cowell was also reportedly giving his jaw a workout.
The Sun probably made the cruelest criticism of Britney, pointing out that she had cellulite on her thighs - she's had two kids, for Chrissakes!
Then there's the talk about Britney's diva behavior - according to Vulture, she only took the stage for 30 seconds and spoke "with the kind of enthusiasm normally reserved for dentist appointments." She also reportedly refused to shake the hand of an advertiser.
Of course Brit-Brit is probably incredibly anxious about all the attention she's been getting recently - she might be a superstar, but for the last few years it seems as though she's been living in a protective bubble. All the excitement about her joining "The X Factor" has likely made her just a little bit nervous since she realizes that the public is expecting so much of her. Britney might not have been ready for a gig like this, but Simon simply made her an offer that she couldn't refuse.
And all this negative press is certainly going to add to Britney's stress - for awhile it looked like everyone wanted the singer to get her life back on track, but now it seems that they just want the old Britney back. And we're not talking the cute teen in the schoolgirl outfit here.
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