Happy Birthday Britney Spears: We Celebrate The Pop Star's Career!

Just as everyone has an opinion, a favorite meal and a nose — albeit a fake one at times — so too does everyone have a birthday... even celebrities. Here at Birthday Bash, it's our mission to salute the fine actors, filmmakers and other Hollywood heroes that are celebrating their special day this week. After all, it's cheaper than mailing a cake!

Today brings a very special edition of Birthday Bash, as we're blowing out candles for one of the biggest pop sensations of our generation — none other than Britney Spears, who turns 28 years old today!

It hasn't always been an easy road for Britney, but it's certainly been an interesting one — keep on reading for a trip down memory lane.

The Early Years: In one form or another, Britney has been in entertainment for virtually her entire life. As a youngster, she appeared on The Mickey Mouse Club alongside future contemporaries Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. She even held a brief spot in the all female pop group innosense, though it's not Britney's team efforts that have earned her so much recognition.

Oops! She Did It One More Time: Britney's solo career began with some massively successful singles from records like ...Baby One More Time and Oops!... I Did It Again, launching her from Mouskateer to full-fledged pop phenomenon. Around this time, she started dating former Mouse Club alum Justin Timberlake, but their relationship sadly came to an end after four years.

Marital Issues: In fact, some of Britney's most troubling times stem from her romantic life. She was briefly married — as in less than three days — to an old childhood friend back in 2004, before marrying back-up dancer and rap hopeful Kevin Federline later that year. Despite having two children with Federline, their relationship dissolved during a series of highly publicized personal mishaps. After going through a downward spiral including traffic-related troubles, hair-shaving and stints in rehab facilities, many worried that Britney's reign over the pop scene was truly over.

Running the Circus: Luckily, Britney was able to turn things around on both a professional and personal level, and based on her current standing, you'd hardly know about all the troubles she went through. Her latest album Circus yielded several successful singles such as the title track and Womanizer, and even spawned a highly regarded concert tour titled The Circus Starring: Britney Spears. Not only that, but Britney is reportedly considering another try at marriage with manager and boyfriend Jason Trawick.

With any luck, Britney can stay on top of her career and personal life going forward — after all, it's a new year for Ms. Spears, and she's already starting it with a lot of promise.

For even more of a look back at Brit Brit's life in photos, click on the image below!

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