ByOlivia van der Will, writer at

When I was 10 years old, I was the proud owner of Britney Spears's first album on tape. Remember that? Before CDs were followed by Mp3s, Spotify and other digital means, there was that slim little pocket sized rectangle that you could take anywhere. Did anyone else own '...Baby One More Time' on tape?

Throughout the hiccups in her career since that first album came out, Britney has probably at times thought 'Oops I Did It Again'! The pop princess has really been on a turbulent journey from where she began to where she is now, but isn't that all part of finding yourself and growing up? Throughout it all she has had to deal with the glaring spotlight of the media during her good moments, controversial moments and the ones she probably could have wished she could keep private. It's time to look back on Britney's career and see how she has come out smiling smiling on the other side!

10. It all started with the Mickey Mouse Club

Whoever assembled the cast of The All New Mickey Mouse Club literally propelled so many now famous faces into stardom. The casting agents single handedly discovered Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Keri Russell, JC Chasez and even Ryan Gosling! Can you imagine what the '90s would have been like without these household names? At the age of 8, Britney's mom drove her to Atlanta, Georgia for an audition for the '90s revival of the show.

Britney was almost missed out on being in the show, as the casting director thought that she was too young. He advised her to join the Professional Performing Arts School. Seeing as this was her daughter's dream, her mom, Lynne, and her daughters moved to a sublet apartment in New York. In 1992, Britney's wish finally came true and she was cast in The Mickey Mouse Club! Little did she know that she would one day date one of her friends from the show, Justin!

Check out this gem of a moment. Justin and Britney having a dance off:

9. Who could forget THIS outfit?

Britney was there to show the world loud and proud that she was moving away from being a girl, but was not yet a woman in the ...Oops I did It Again music video!

8. Before there was Justin and Selena, there was Justin and Britney

The child stars grew up and fell into each others' arms. These two were so super cute in the 2000s! They looked so happy and Britney was clearly head-over-heels in love with Justin. Even if their romance faded away, there will always be this adorable photo!

7. Crossroads

Crossroads was released in 2002 and told the story of three childhood friends Mimi, Lucy and Kit. Who took off together on an awesome cross-country road trip, cruising with the mysterious Ben alongside them!

The film is filled with some amazing Britney infused sing-a-long moments like this one:

Sadly, right after this film came out Britney and Justin broke up, but this did not stop the pop princess from continuing on her chosen career path! From the bottom of her broken heart, Britney decided to carry on!

6. Toxic

In 2003, Britney gave the world even more when she released this controversial video. Well, she wasn't going to be that little girl from the Mickey Mouse club forever!

5. That Madona kiss

The Queen of Pop and Princess of Pop were on stage with Christina Aguilera; it was during the performance at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards that this moment happened.

Of course the cameras went straight onto Justin...

4. In 2004 Britney shocked people once more by tying the knot with childhood friend Jason Alexander in Las Vegas

The two were famously married for just 55 hours. But then the marriage was annulled pretty much as soon as it happened. The crazy kids were only 22 at the time. Her record label released this statement:

On January 3, Britney Spears and a friend took a joke too far by getting married. Ms. Spears and Mr. Alexander have filed for an annulment which will become official on Monday, January 5.

3. Only a few months later, Britney got engaged

Surprisingly, Britney announced that she was engaged to dancer Kevin Federline and just two short months later they got married. This was when Britney took a break from her career to focus on starting a family!

The couple were married for two years and had two children together. Sadly, just shortly after her second child, Jayden, was born, the couple went their separate ways.

2. In 2007, everything got too much for Britney

Her struggles reached a whole new low and Britney checked herself into rehab in 2007. This unsettling time came after the traumatizing death of Britney's aunt. After checking out of rehab, you will probably all remember this worrying moment.

Britney looked lost and forlorn, and the world began worrying for the singer's well being.

1. In 2008 Britney started working on getting better again and since then the good times have kept on rolling!

After spending time in a psychiatric ward, Britney went on to guest-star on How I Met Your Mother. She merged triumphant at the MTV Music Awards in 2008, when 'Piece of Me' won the video of the year award. After Britney released her sixth studio album, Circus, followed by the epic Circus World Tour, it proved that Britney was here to stay! She's a must see live performer.

2011 saw the release of the scorching Femme Fatale, which helped catapult Nicki Minaj to fame when Britney chose her for the opening slot. 2012 saw Britney joining the U.S version of The X Factor. This only lasted one season as the show was cancelled one year later.

Britney's next album followed in 2013, titled Britney Jean, and was produced by none other than! Since then Britney had an awesome Las Vegas residency where fans all around the world flocked to see her do her thing! The pop princess really looks like she is permanently back on the right track! Just look how flawless and happy she looked in the Superbowl commercial this year!

Also, did you know that Britney is a secret Mermaid?

The singer posted this on her Twitter today! She looks like she is totally beaming with happiness!

Family life really keeps her smiling!

There have been so many highs and lows throughout Britney's career, and these are just some of many! It is so nice to see her looking happy again. After all, she is only human, and with the spotlight always firmly on her through paparazzi and media coverage, I am not surprised to see that she has found it too much sometimes.


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