03/28/2012 10:58 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Lady Gaga Birthday: Singer Turns 26

It was 26 years ago today that Lady Gaga was "born this way." And it's been a milestone year: Mother Monster has secured her spot as the most beloved Twitter personality with more than 20 million followers, partnered with Harvard University to launch an anti-bullying foundation and released an album that sold 1.1 million copies in its first week with an anthemic title track.

So how does the megastar plan to top last year's birthday festivities, which included a predictably spectacular show at LA's Staples Center and Mariachi sing-along with friends?

"Quinceanera," she tweeted to a fan who asked how she would celebrate.

However, just before midnight Wednesday, she set a less-festive scene, tweeting "This is how it feels turning 26 in three and a half hours. Ha!" along with a photo of a smushed slice of cake and a furry handbag (hey, Chanel and red velvet usually cheer us up).

In any case, happy birthday, Lady Gaga!

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