Chris Crocker, the star of 'Leave Britney alone' video, is unrecognisable now

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Chris Crocker was catapulted into the spotlight in 2007 after making a YouTube video in which he defended Britney Spears for her MTV Video Music Awards performance. The bleached blonde teen from East Tennessee uploaded the four-minute clip and it immediately went viral, receiving over 50 million views.

Fast-forward nine years and Chris is a changed man in physical appearance. His photos on Instagram show a toned and musclier dreamboat, with bulging biceps and perfectly coiffed hair.

Late night thoughts.

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Chris Crocker found fame after his 'Leave Britney alone!' video went viral

The pictures have left fans slack-jawed and comments such as "Smokin hot" and "why is he so hot?" have flooded Chris' account.

On Tuesday the heart-throb uploaded a selfie, thanking fans for their compliments but also telling people to "always let yourself feel attractive, not just when society says you are".

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Fans have been commenting on Chris' dramatic transformation

"We all like compliments so I'm not going to complain about the fact "Chris Crocker has gotten hot" has become an international headline... but at the same time, I just hope people realise being hot is a state of mind," he wrote.

"Inner confidence means way more than a million people affirming your "hotness". Thanks for the recent love. Truly. But just know: You should always let yourself feel attractive. Not just when society says you are. Xo Chris."

Bruh

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"Inner confidence means way more than a million people affirming your 'hotness'," wrote Chris

A comedian and singer, Chris, who has deleted his YouTube channel, now focuses on his music. In 2011, he released his first EP titled The First Bite on iTunes.

Chris found fame in 2007 after he uploaded his video, emphatically telling people to "leave Britney alone".

"Whatever the cause of her performance was I don't care," he said in his video. "All I care about is Britney's wellbeing, and Britney all I want for you is to get well. I don't care what anyone says, I love Britney."

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His 2007 video clocked up more than 50 million views