A young Spears is seen hugging the director in the image, while wearing her iconic track outfit and high pigtails.
The director responded to Spears' sweet message, and shared his own experience working on the music video. "It was a fun three days. At the time there were people who questioned why I would think of making this video for an unknown 16-year-old,"
he tweeted. "I told them the song was going to be massive and that you had something special. So glad you showed 'em I was right!"
ET was with Spears, who was a teenager at the time, just months after her single hit the charts. Even then, she was focused on keeping her life as normal as possible. "When I go on stage I'm a different person, like I totally explode and I have attitude," she shared. "But, when I come off the stage, I'm just like this entertainment business has not affected me really at all. I'm still the same Britney, totally."
Spears added, "I always do normal things, you have to do normal things so you'll stay sane which is you know, what I do all the time."