“I just want my life back,” Britney Spears told a judge in Los Angeles yesterday as the 39-year-old made a plea for the end to the conservatorship that has controlled her life for over a decade. 

Once hailed as the “princess of pop”, Spears shot to fame at just 16 years old with her debut album …Baby One More Time. Having grown up in Louisiana, the small town girl soon became one of America’s most famous stars, with six of her first seven albums reaching number one on the Billboard charts. Her music was catchy, her talent undeniable and everything she did came with a certain sex appeal that made it hard to look away.