The Toxic hitmaker's life went out of control after her short-lived and unsuccessful marriages to Jason Alexander and Kevin Federline, the latter with whom Britney had a highly publicized child-custody battle over their two sons.
The singer, who was branded a danger to herself and her kids, had almost reached a point of mental breakdown. However, at the glittering MTV awards show, Britney made the most sensational comeback in pop history - from crazed star on the brink of self- destruction back to the pop star, the world fell in love with.
Now, in her book 'Through The Storm - A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World,' the singer's mother Lynn Spears has described her joy as she watched Britney get a standing ovation at the awards function. Lynn believes that the applause finally swept away a nightmare two years in which she'd seen her troubled daughter's life spiral out of control and into a psychiatric hospital.
"I looked at her on stage and realised I finally had her back," News of the World quoted her, as saying. "I saw the Britney we remember and love, not the girl I had seen strapped to a stretcher being wheeled into a psychiatric hospital and tears of relief filled my eyes. She is my fighter, my sweetheart. My girl had been to hell and back. It has been one helluva journey," she added.