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Let the party countdown begin.

Britney Spears has finished her stint in rehab and has left the facility.

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"[Britney Spears] has been released by the Promises Malibu Treatment Center after successfully completing their program," said her terrible manager, Larry Rudolph, Tuesday.

A friend says the 25-year-old pop star "is doing fine."

She voluntarily checked herself into Promises on February 20 after a sweet weekend of hard partying in which she shaved her head.

She briefly left the program the next day - only to return when estranged husband Kevin Federline threatened a custody battle over their two sons.

Since then, Spears has attended AA meetings, though her stay in rehab was shorter than most. A typical stint at Promises is 45 days.

Federline has visted her in rehab several times with sons Sean Preston and Jayden James, most recently last weekend, and has been super supportive of her recovery.

Spears has custody of the boys with visitation rights for Federline. While she was in rehab, Kevin Federline took care of the kids with help from his mom and Spears' mom, Lynne.

We suspect Britney's first stop on her way out of the clinic was 7-Eleven, where she picked up a 40-ounce bottle of St. Ides, a bag of pork rinds and a tasty mayonnaise sandwich. Then it's off to elope with Jason Filyaw.

Just kidding. We're pulling for her. Hard.

Others rooting for Spears' recovery include actor Daniel Baldwin, actress Brooke Shields (who told Access Hollywood that she'd be available to talk to the singer anytime) and music producer/rapper Timbaland.

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When it comes to bringing sexyback, Justin Timberlake is not one to leave anything in the bag. But when dishing on his exes, he's a model of class and restraint.

Asked what he thinks about Britney Spears' recent ups and downs, JT tells Details in its April issue simply that: "We had our thing, and it's over."

Jayden Wants Attention

He didn't say whether he wrote his rehabbing ex a heartfelt letter, but as we've seen from his diplomatic comments about Brit's shaved head, he's definitely still in her corner. He and Timbaland may even collaborate with her in the future.

Timberlake won't comment at all about Cameron Diaz, whom he dated for nearly four years after Spears, and who he broke up with in January. 

Instead, he slams the tabloids that, he says, "create soap operas out of people's lives." Seriously, guys, back the hell off.

Timberlake doesn't want to fuel speculation about Scarlett Johansson or any of the other special people in his life, past and present:

"I would never say anything bad about anyone," he says. "I love a lot of those people."

When it comes to discussing his music, however, Timberlake is more forthcoming.

About his first solo album, Justified, he says:

"I tried so hard to be an R&B artist, and it was pop album of the year, and I was like, f--k. That's the last thing I wanted.' But I was like, 'So everyone considers me a pop artist? Well, f--k it. I'm going to do whatever I want to do."

He's certainly full of surprises. But one thing he wishes he could take back was "My Grammy Moment" during the February awards show, when a contest winner (Robyn Troup) got to perform alongside him.

But, though he wanted to cancel the appearance, Timberlake didn't.

"Because I'm the nice guy who follows through on the things he commits to. But I don't know if I'll be going through that sort of thing again. I feel like the Grammys used me for ratings. And look at it... they were up 18 percent."

It's easy to see why. His talent is light years beyond anyone on American Idol.

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Our counterparts at TMZ have learned Britney Spears will indeed be leaving rehab this week, and sources say the troubled pop princess has made one of the most "amazing" turnarounds in celebrity memory.

Sources say Britney Spears and her soon-to-be official ex, Kevin Federline, had an "amazing meeting" on Sunday. They are not only getting along, they are hammering out the terms of custody.

B. Spears Bikini Pic

We're told when Britney Spears gets out, she and Kevin have agreed to a 50/50 split with custody of their two children, Sean Preston, 17 months, and Jayden James, 5 months.

The plan is for Britney to eventually gain primary custody and Kevin will have visitation. No word on whether Brit and Jason Filyaw are engaged.

Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney's sister, and Britney's mom, Lynne Spears, have been at Kevin's house helping with the kids while Britney has been getting her own kind of help in rehab.

And that help is reportedly working. We're told she has literally turned her life around. What do you think? Is our girl Cue Ball gonna make it?

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Tara Conner isn't the only one fighting to stay sober. With Britney Spears' discharge date looming, the question remains: Is she ready to leave rehab?

Us Weekly asked Clare Waismann, an addiction specialist and director of the Waismann Method, to find out if the singer is ready to make a fresh start.

Britney Spears in Wax

Us: Once Britney Spears leaves her rehab facility, what are some of the next steps required for a successful recovery?
CW: "I believe that she's going to need a wonderful psychiatrist who can chemically balance her. [I think] Britney has a long history of depression that has been misdiagnosed."

THG NOTE: Isaac Cohen called that one!

Us: If depression is the issue, what would a doctor recommend?
CW: "Keep her on a great anti-depressant and make sure her hormone level is stable. Because of all of her diets, pregnancies and her depression, she seems completely imbalanced."

THG NOTE: Was it the shaved head or the unrelenting, uncontrollable rage that gave it away?

Us: Recently Kevin Federline has stepped up to the plate and assumed the supportive father role. How important is he as a support system?
CW: "He's supporting her as a father [to Sean Preston and Jayden James] and a husband and that's the best support she can get right now."

Us: How long does it typically take someone in Britney Spears' situation to get back on track?
CW: "It could take six months to a year. This time she will be very frail, not just mentally but chemically as well. Her body the last three years has gone through ups and downs with pregnancies and diets and divorces. All those things can cause chemical imbalances. She needs probably a year away from everything and everybody so she can at least stabilize herself."

Us: Speaking from your experiences, do you think she has much of a chance of relapse? Or will she be able to turn her life around and have the career she once had?
CW: "She's got to stay away from the business for a while to find herself. It's going to take a lot of intervention from her family, who are her biggest supporters right now."

THG NOTE: What about Jason Filyaw?

Us: Is she more prone to relapse because she's a public figure?
CW: "Absolutely."

Us: How would you advise someone in her situation to move forward?
CW: "Her best bet for the next year is just living a very mellow and motherly life."

To think we've been saying this for six months - and the T.H. Gossip staff is not comprised of psychologists or "addiction specialists." Although we do have some experience with addiction... looking at Rachel Bilson photos.

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Everyone wants Britney Spears to get well.

That includes Justin Timberlake, who, according to Life & Style Weekly, sent his troubled ex-girlfriend a touching get-well letter while she's away in rehab.

Britney in Sweden

He reportedly previously called her a week after she checked into Promises. The heartfelt letter moved the mother of Sean Preston and Jayden James to tears. Justin promised that he would be there for her when she got out.

A source said:

"She could barely catch her breath to read the words. It was one of the most moving letters she had ever received. He poured his heart out. He told her he was sorry they fell in love so young, because if they'd fallen in love even just a few years later, he would've married her - and they'd probably have kids together by now. Justin let Britney know that she has his unconditional love and support. He offered to visit her in rehab."

This sounds so beautiful. Too bad it's almost certainly fake. Come on. We believe Justin (and his boy Timbaland) wish Britney the best, and we know Britney longs for him. But JT his heart out about marriage? Somehow we doubt it.

The girl is bald, after all. No one likes that.

And she's possibly dating Jason Filyaw.

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Aside from die-hard fans of his band, RIVA, few people know Jason Filyaw all that well. That's why The Gossip is proud to bring you a new Jason Filyaw picture sent to us by a fan - looks like he rocks out pretty darn hard!

Britney in Pajamas

Whether or not Jason Filyaw and Britney Spears are romantically involved or just friends remains to be seen, but TMZ has talked to Filyaw and confirmed a relationship of some sorts between the two, who originally met back in 2003.

Sources say they've recently reconnected and gotten closer - so much so that Britney Spears calls him constantly? The photo at right has surfaced of a woman resembling the troubled star making a phone call at a gas station.

Hitting up gas stations and fast food joints is definitely one of Spears' top pastimes (minus assaulting photographers, of course) and she's allowed to leave rehab for AA meetings and such. But we can't tell if it's her. What do you think?

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Britney Spears needs your support.

On her official website, the pop star asks fans to "send your thoughts and inspiration" via email as she continues her struggles in rehab. See below...

Shopping in a Nightie

Yowza. Not sure who this hot chick is, but regardless, as you can see by visiting Britney's cyber-home, her concerned, loving fans are pouring in the support from all corners of the globe, showering the blonde wigger with positive messages like:

  • "Relax and don't rush yourself."
  • "We are here for as long as it takes for you to get better."
  • "Say hi to Jason Filyaw for me."

Okay, just kidding about the last one.

While the site is displaying some of the more inspirational messages on the home page, there's no guarantee your letter will be posted on the site. The confirmation just says that Britney's "team" (which we assume consists of Jayden James and Larry Rudolph) will review and consider it for posting:

Oh well. At least they don't ask you to foot the bill.

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Britney Spears' newest rumored man admits that he and the pop princess have been "growing very close" since their "special" rehab relationship began, and even used the L-word to descibe his feelings for her.

Jason Filyaw spoke exclusively to our counterparts at TMZ, so we're now considering his connection to Britney at least semi-credible.

What's That?

Filyaw, who describes himself as "very spiritual," would neither confirm nor deny that he is dating the star or if he has seen Britney Spears nude. But he admitted the following:

"I love her, I support her 100 percent and we are close."

Aw, shucks. Jason Filyaw has been attending AA meetings with Spears and revealed that he is helping Britney with the spiritually - or the "deep" part of her recovery.

The 33-year-old lead guitarist for the rock band RIVA says he met Spears long before she started rehab at Promises, and that they go "way back" to 2003, when he recorded some tunes with Britney at The Hit Factory in New York.

In the Britney timeline, that's prior to her marriage to Jason Alexander, and right around the time she was reportedly getting her yard stomped by Columbus Short.

Filyaw claims they stayed in touch ever since, but "a few weeks ago ... we met up again at a Los Angeles AA meeting."

Love is in the air at the detox facility, people.

Not everyone's as infatuated with Britney these days, though. The rehabbing train wreck may not be wasted off alcohol and drugs, but she's been popping up to a case of Coke (the soft drink) every day at Promises, and all that caffeine is making her a handful to deal with.

"She's been very demanding ... refuses to pick up after herself and even asked if she could hire a maid," says a Star Magazine source.

Oh well. At least Brit has a nice new man, with Isaac Cohen out of the picture.

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Has Britney Spears found love... in rehab!?

Hard as it may seem to believe (and we don't), some gossip publications are reporting just that. Britney Spears supposedly met Jason Filyaw (pictured) at an AA meeting this past week.

One More Time!

The 33-year-old is, according to his MySpace page, lead guitarist of a band called Riva.

Since meeting Jason Filyaw, Britney Spears apparently calls him constantly and her pet names for him include Mr. Secret Underground Guy and J-Sun.

Who can blame Mr. Filyaw for falling head over heels for the gal. Everyone loves an insane, bulimic chick with two kid, two ex-husbands and a shaved head.

A source, who is definitely not made up, says:

"Britney adores Jason. He's been a tower of strength for her at the lowest point in her life. She's convinced Jason can help while she's in rehab because, as an alcoholic, he's been through the same thing."

She's supposedly so serious about him that sources are saying she plans to move him into her house once she gets out of rehab.

Doubtful. Tower of strength? This clown is in rehab too! Never mind the fact that one of the primary rules of any rehab is celibacy. Come on. This guy clearly doesn't have what it takes to be the next Isaac Cohen.

In other Britney Spears news, London's The Sun is reporting that she's planning to leave rehab two-days early - to attend Kevin Federline's birthday bash.

Her family, everyone at Promises and probably even Jayden James wants her to stay, but she insists she'll be fine. We all know how this is gonna go.

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And this time, it's not because of any nude pics.

Rather, it's became Britney Spears, her short-lived BFF Paris Hilton and many others have been hitting the crack pipe pretty hard these days.

Lindsay Lohan Plastic Surgery?

Okay, so they're probably not on crack. Well, Pete Doherty is, but not the lovely ladies listed above. We think. Nonetheless, drug and alcohol abuse have become so commonplace among celebrities that it's almost become publicly accepted.

Just look at Tara Conner or Lindsay Lohan, a couple of cuties who have partied their brains out and weren't even of legal age to drink.

Not to mention all the drugs Lohan takes. Chick is seriously strung out.

An Us Weekly source recalls a wild, crazy New Year's party in Miami, Florida, frequented by more than a few notable celebrities:

"There were lines of coke on the table, weed everywhere. It was insane. It was a very free atmosphere. Coke is so not a big deal for young stars in Hollywood. It's like having a drink."

In short, drug arrests and problems aren't just for Snoop Dogg anymore.

Remember when a trip to rehab used to be a career-threatening PR nightmare? Well, nowadays, celebrities openly disclose their drug use in interviews - and not just the more notable party animals we've already discussed.

Fergie has been candid about her former crystal meth addiction, while John Mayer actually gave Rolling Stone an interview while puffing on a marijuana vaporizer. Justin Timberlake has also been up front about dabbling in many illegal substances.

Who will be the next star busted for drugs (and we're not talking about hGH, Sly Stallone)? What does this suggest about our infatuation with celebrities and their sub-culture? We have no clue. But we can promise you this, Gossip readers:

We will be here, at this address, reporting it ever step of the way.

Britney Spears Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Kentwood, Louisiana
Full Name
Britney Jean Spears

Britney Spears Quotes

I miss it here so much! I love it so much! It makes me it's kinda like bittersweet coming here because I used to live here for two years. And when I come here, it's like, man, I wish I had my apartment here still.

Britney Spears [on New York City]

MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs?

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