The ‘Leave Britney Alone’ Guy Is All Grown Up Now, And Is Breaking Hearts On The Internet

There was a time when we didn’t walk around with the newest iteration of iPhone glued to our hands, live-stream every moment of our mundane existences and spend hours chuckling over memes and the latest viral sensation.

Whilst it’s increasingly difficult to remember a world devoid of Kylie Jenner’s Snapchats and the like, we must remind ourselves that there was a time when the avocado was just an avocado, not a lifestyle choice.

Certainly, the world we live in today is wholly meditated by the World Wide Web and social media. I mean, who are you if you don’t have a Facebook account or an Instagram following?

In the eyes of the world: a nobody.

This brave new world does have its advantages. Platforms such as Instagram and YouTube have allowed talented young creatives to harness their talent for next to nothing and achieve incredible success. It has also allowed the disenfranchised to find esoteric pockets of people who understand and can emphasise with their experiences.

This, amongst many other factors makes the time we live in incredibly exciting. However, I often find myself nostalgically returning to the golden age of the internet. I mean, there is just something special about the time when we all spent hours on dial-up, logging into MSN messenger and talking to our crushes for hours.

One of the first social media stars was undoubtedly Chris Crocker. Catapulted into fame after his passionate defence of Britney Spears’ performance at the MTV Music Video Awards, Chris Crocker practically invented the concept of going viral. So shall we take a look at what he looks like now?

Spoiler: it’s pretty good.

Chris Crocker’s “Leave Britney Alone” video is forever burned into the minds of anyone who experienced the social media renaissance in the Noughties. Sporting bleach blonde hair and racoon rings of black eyeliner, Crocker’s emotional outpouring of support for the pop-singer garnered four million views in two days – an unheard of amount in 2007.

If you need a refresher on this iconic moment in time, look no further:

Although Crocker has been rather quiet in the ten years since the video went viral, he does post rather frequently on Instagram and one thing’s clear – he’s blossomed into a very good looking young man.

Crocker has been busy since 2007. He released an EP entitled, The First Bite and then had a brief stint as an adult entertainer. Now he markets himself as an actor, comedian and singer.

But he has also evidently developed a smize that even Tyra Banks would be proud of…

Seriously, just look at those arms

We all love transformation stories and this is undoubtedly the best one of late. So guys and girls, if you’re fearing that you’ll never escape the clutches of puberty and the vicious cycle of acne and blackheads that it inspires, rest assured that there is hope.

In the meantime, however, feel free to revisit some Noughties gold. Here are 14 throwback photos of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian’s short lived friendship.

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