10 Least Trusted Celebrities list

Slideshow posted in Entertainment News | Thursday, August 18, 2011

3 of 10: Britney Spears is No. 3 on on the list of least trusted personalities in the United States, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, whose results were released in August 2011.

About 60 percent of people rated Spears below average in terms of being someone they trust.

In 2011, Britney Spears embarked on a tour with Nicki Minaj and is set to be honored with a lifetime achievement award at the MTV Video Music Awards later in the year. Spears, who has sold more than 100 million records, will be 29 at the time.

She first appeared on the channel with her 1998 school-themed video '..Baby One More Time,' which showed her in a sexy schoolgirl's outfit. The singer has since continued to push the limits with her videos and performances - she once performed at the VMA's with a snake around her neck.

However, the pop singer and former 'Mickey Mouse Club' cast member has undergone years of turmoil to get to where she is.

Spears suffered a meltdown in 2007. She and Kevin Federline, father of her two sons, divorced and Spears spent many months partying. She then underwent a rehab stint for substance abuse and famously shaved her own head at a salon (see video). She was later photographed waving an umbrella wildly at a celebrity photographer.

Her turmoil made international headlines and even inspired Barry Manilow's latest album, "15 Minutes."

Spears made a comeback in 2009 with her "Circus" tour. The series of concerts grossed $131.8 million dollars and was the fifth most successful series of concerts in the world. Madonna, who once collaborated with Spears, came in at No. 4 with $137.7 million.

(Pictured: A scene from Britney Spears' music video 'I Wanna Go,' which was posted online on June 22, 2011.) (JIVE Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment)