Britney Spears Talks Mental Health, Opens Up About Her 2007 Meltdown

2007 was a rough year for pop diva Britney Spears. 

From temporarily losing custody of her children, to car accidents, the infamous moment she shaved off her own hair at a salon, and a highly publicized confrontation with paparazzi. 

Thankfully, after a stay in rehab, Britney would reemerge much healthier by the following year.

And though she's remained silent about that difficult period, in a new interview, the 35-year-old singer has opened up about her struggles, and given fans new insight as to what it was like to survive that very bad year.

She tells Yediot Ahronot:

“My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t let you be yourself. I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself. I was trying to please everyone around me because that’s who I am deep inside. There are moments when I look back and think ‘what the hell was I thinking’.

“I had to give myself more breaks and take responsibility for my mental health.”

Spears admits that despite the fact that she still finds fame overwhelming at times, she's reached a good place in her life.  

“All this fame is way too much for me, as it’s really hard to grasp its magnitude. When you’re young and in the beginning of your career it’s understandable that you’ve just stepped into this world. I have these moments where I just want to dress up like a normal person and walk in the street. It goes through my mind quite a lot.

“Each and every one of us that starts at a young age needs to take account that you’ve gotta be balanced in order to stay in this industry and to manage your personal life. Sometimes that’s very challenging. I think I was very different back then, younger, not always knowing what’s good or bad, very instinctive.

“Today I’m at a better place in my life. My kids shaped my personality and filled me. They made me not worry about what was happening to me,” she added.

Kudos to Britney for sharing her side of the story. 

H/T: Attitude