However, the singer has managed it - judging by these new pictures of her performing a raunchy topless poledance routine for a video.
Miss Spears, now 27, peeled off down to a pair of rose petals for the single Gimme More in 2007, although the scenes were considered too adult for the final cut.
Striptease: Britney Spears has only a pair of rose petals to cover her breasts in the Gimme More video, but our airbrushers have further protected her modesty.
Caged in: Britney dons another racy outfit as she performs a sexy dance routine .
Britney smiles and waves at the camera during the sexy performance which was filmed around the time of her very public meltdown.
At the time the star was under the clutches of her former advisor Sam Lufti who Britney's mother Lynne has since accused of drugging her.
Britney's increasingly erratic behaviour lead to her losing custody of sons Sean Preston, three, and Jayden James, two, before being taken into psychiatric care under a mental health order.
However she began to turn her life around after her father Jamie was granted control over her business and personal affairs and appointed her ‘conservator’ – the equivalent of a child’s guardian for an adult - shortly after her discharge from hospital.
Shock value: The singer uses a pole dance for the routine.
Her on-stage routine is a grand theatrical production, which sees unicycles, Britney sawn into 'pieces' in a magician's style box and cage dancing.
The star makes a dramatic entrance on to the stage, descending from the rafters in a circus hoop dressed in a red ringmaster's jacket, sequinned hat, fishnet tights and knee-high boots.
Poledancing pro: Britney performs on stage at London's 02 arena last night .
The pop star also wows fans with a series of racy outfits, including a bejewelled bra and hot pants.
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