Britney Spears Reflects On 2001 VMAs With Mick Jagger And Justin Timberlake


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Few things have cemented their way into pop culture legacy like Britney Spears' 2001 MTV Video Music Awards performance. With a seven-foot albino Burmese python held over her shoulders, the look has been created on red carpets and for Halloween costumes over the past 20 years.

Now, two decades out from the moment, Spears has taken to Instagram to share old photos and memories from that night. Posting a series of photos of her and Mick Jagger and talking about how Justin Timberlake helped her get over her nerves, the throwback allows fans to have some more insight into that iconic evening.

While the python she held may have seemed daunting, she revealed that she had been more nervous about the tiger. "Before I went on that night I was feeling kinda out of body with nerves ... I mean ... I was in a cage with a live tiger," Spears said in her post. "I will never forget that moment before I went in the cage !!!! Justin saw I could hardly talk so he held my hand and gave me a 5 minute pep talk which obviously worked."

The snapshots she shared from the night see Spears in a black lace dress and speaking with Mick Jagger. Revealing that she considers the dress to be one of her favorites she's ever worn and laughing at herself for having her eyes closed, the throwback has brought joy to fans who always remembered that night.

While Spears had hoped to go on an Instagram hiatus in order to celebrate her recent engagement to Sam Asghari, the pop singer has been unable to stay away. Another recent post showed Spears gushing over her two sons, posting a quote about a mother's love rather than photos of her kids, saying they prefer to keep their lives private.

Spears' engagement to Asghari comes after her father petitioned to end her 13-year conservatorship. Netflix will be releasing a deep-dive documentary into Britney Spears' conservatorship with Britney vs Spears, which will be available for streaming on the platform beginning September 28.