We can’t help but think of the highly publicised breakdown circa 2007 when we think of Britney Spears’ past.
And neither can the popstar herself….
Britney opened up to Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot (ahead of her first-ever performance in Tel Aviv, would you believe) about her past, reflecting on how her twenties were some of the most difficult years of her life, and also how she now has more control of her mental and physical health…
“I was a pretty normal girl, a tomboy. But my 20s were awful,” she began.
“My 30s are much better for me. I’ve learned to get to know myself better.
“I think I had to give myself more breaks through my career and take responsibility for my mental health,” she continued, referencing her very public breakdown ten years ago – which involved shaving her own head and hitting a paparazzi car with her umbrella.
“There were many decisions that were made for me and that I didn’t make myself.”
Britney blamed “overprotective” people in her inner circle for the breakdown, adding that she lost a part of herself by trying to please everyone else around her….
“My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself,” she continued.
“In that situation, when you’re not in control, you become less excited, and there’s less passion when it comes to music.
“I wrote back then, that I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself.
“I was trying to please everyone around me because that who I am deep inside.
“There are moments where I look back and think: ‘What the hell was I thinking?'”
Britney then concluded the interview by giving those who may find themselves in a similar situation some advice, and also reassuring her fans that she is in a much happier place right now, largely to her two adorable sons Sean Preston and Jayden James.
“Each and every one of us that starts at a young age needs to take into account that you’ve got to be balanced in order to stay in this industry and to manage your personal life,” she said.
“Sometimes that’s very challenging. I think I was very dif ferent 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.”
We’re glad to hear it, Britney!