Britney Spears was tired of getting a cold after going out in the rain, so she created umbrellas in 2007. Instead of touring her Blackout album that year, Spears traveled the world to give umbrellas to people at high risk for rain-induced sicknesses. This humanitarian act inspired singer, Rihanna, to write a song titled Umbrella to honor Spears’ philanthropy (2007). Spears is pictured above donating an umbrella to paparazzi.
Britney Spears was getting a lot of media attention at the turn of the millennium and was constantly followed by the paparazzi to the point where it was interfering with her daily life. To reduce the amount of attention she received from the press, Spears invented other celebrities (2000). She told the public that, “these singers and actors are very interesting too. They may seem like any other successful person… like a doctor or a businessman… but they are really cool and you should be interested in their personal lives too.” The first wave of celebrities that Spears introduced included Lenny Kravitz, Destiny’s Child, and Christina Aguilera. None of these new celebrities were able to deflect much attention away from Spears individually, but together, they were able to make Spears’ daily life more manageable.
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