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Britney Spears Recalls Feeling Like an ‘Ugly Duckling’ When She Was a Kid

Britney Spears had her fair share of insecurities growing up.

The “Stronger” singer took to Instagram on Tuesday to show off her new bangs, and recalled feeling like an “ugly duckling” as a kid. Spears began by writing that she stopped having bangs in third grade and felt like it was “such a big deal to expose my forehead.”

“Only pretty people in the south could do that and I never felt pretty enough to pull it off,” she explained. “All the beauty pageant girls did it but I never felt beauty pageants were my thing … I had bad teeth and felt like an ugly duckling.”

After meeting with a modeling agency and not feeling “pretty enough,” she went home and got rid of her fringe. “It looked sooooo bad but I thought I was gorgeous!!!!” she said of exposing her forehead. “I think I knew it didn’t look good but I did it because I thought it made me cool …. and I’ve pretty much had it like that ever since!”

Spears added that “people choose different ways to protect themselves,” and when she pulls her bangs to the front, she feels “protected.”

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I know I need bangs 😜😜 !!!!! Who would have thought bangs could make you look waaaaay younger ?!?! I stopped having bangs in the 3rd grade and I remember like it was yesterday …. it was such a big deal to expose my forehead …. only pretty people in the south could do that and I never felt pretty enough to pull it off. All the beauty pageant girls did it but I never felt beauty pageants were my thing … I had bad teeth and felt like an ugly duckling. I met with a modeling agency but I wasn’t pretty enough so I went home and said, “maybe I can be like the older girls and show my forehead” !!!! I did and it looked sooooo bad but I thought I was gorgeous 🤣 !!!! I think I knew it didn’t look good but I did it because I thought it made me cool …. and I’ve pretty much had it like that ever since !!!! People choose different ways to protect themselves …. when I pull my bangs in front of my head I feel like I’m protected … almost like I’m in 3rd grade again ⭐️💖🌸 !!!

A post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on May 18, 2020 at 3:48pm PDT

The pop star’s fans couldn’t help but show their support and lift her up. “You’re beautiful naturally. Embrace it.💕” one admirer commented.

“Same brit, welcome back to the bang club where you’re always pretty enough just the way you are,” another wrote.

ET recently spoke with Spears’ sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, about quarantining and spending time together amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Sometimes” singer, who resides in Los Angeles with sons Sean, 14, and Jayden, 13, recently traveled to Louisiana to temporarily be with Jamie and the rest of their family.

“Britney was like, ‘I want to come home, I don’t want to be by myself out here,’ because all of her family’s pretty much here. So she was able to come home for almost two weeks or so,” said Jamie, who’s mom to daughters Maddie, 11, and Ivey, 2. “She was here for my birthday and for Ivey’s birthday. But then, of course, she has her children and all that stuff and her home, so she went back to Los Angeles just a couple weeks ago.”

This past weekend, Spears celebrated the 20th anniversary of her Oops!… I Did It Again album. Take a look back at the album’s release in the video below.

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‘The Voice’ Season 18 Finale: Find Out Who Was Crowned the Champion!

The Voice has crowned a season 18 champion!

After weeks of blind auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockout Rounds, and remote live shows amid the coronavirus pandemic, it all came down to the Top 5: CammWess, Thunderstorm Artis, Micah Iverson, Todd Tilghman and Toneisha Harris.

On Tuesday’s finale — following performances from major music stars and Voice coaches past and present — America’s vote narrowed it down to one champion: Todd Tilghman!

The Meridian, Mississippi, pastor and father of eight was a standout on Team Blake all season, after notably being the first four-chair turn of the season with his Blind Audition performance of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight.” Things came down to Blake Shelton, the winningest coach in Voice history, versus season 18 newcomer  Nick Jonas, whose team member Thunderstorm Artis also made the Top 3, in addition to Team Blake’s Toneisha Harris.

While it’s certainly been a different atmosphere this season, with coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Shelton and Jonas, each of the Top 5 competitors performing and getting the results from home, host Carson Daly noted that Tuesday’s crowning was special, even without the confetti and fanfare that usually accompanies a Voice finale.

“I think it doesn’t really matter, like, how much stuff we blow up,” he said during a remote press conference Monday. “We have five great finalists, and winning the show really is life-changing, so I think watching the excitement of one of these five finalists and their families, you know, jump up and down and be excited is really the only winning moment that matters. We’ll have the heart of it, for sure.”

Jonas, the newest Voice coach said his first season of the show was a “quick learning curve,” particularly under the unusual circumstances. “It’s been really special and I feel really grateful for the opportunity to have done the show, especially on a season that’s been as unique and wild as this one has been,” he raved.

“The one thing I will say that has been a bummer, especially for Nick, this being his first season, is there’s a lot of fun in the lives when the energy in there, you’re all in the room together,” Clarkson admitted. “That kind of camaraderie comes across not only on camera, but with us, and it helps us have a good time…I’m a little bummed for him that he didn’t get to feel that, you know, with us, but that’s not to say he won’t.”

No coaches have yet been announced for season 19, and Clarkson teased Shelton that he and Stefani should team up on a “red love seat” for the next season. However, the coaches have made the most of this unique season and Shelton got one last jab in at Jonas before signing off — proving he’d be more than happy to have him back again.

“I’m gonna say that ever since Nick Jonas joined the show, it hasn’t been the same. Let’s just say, we can’t even be in the same room as that guy,” the country star joked. “If he comes back, maybe we’ll have to do it from our homes again, which is fine with me, having said that.”

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