The Princess of Pop Britney Spears has opened up about her mental health, and shared her thoughts on her massive superstardom in a rare and candid interview, to an Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot ahead of her first-ever performance in Tel Aviv—which incidentally has caused Israel to delay an election. The pop star is nearing the end of her Asia tour this summer. She wrapped up a show in Bangkok, Thailand, June 24 then will make stops in Hong Kong on June 27, Singapore on June 30 and finish in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 3. She’ll embark on another leg of Piece Of Me beginning Aug. 9 in Las Vegas.
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Spears, who is known to be intensely private and who doesn’t usually discuss her much-publicized breakdown and typically focus on the event at hand, her boys, and music, can often give somewhat one-dimensional answers in interviews. but Israel’s most popular newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, dove in deeper. They managed to inspire Britney to open up about a more tumultuous time in her life.
After admitting that she didn’t really “enjoy the moment” during the earlier stages of her career, Britney reflected (in the translation via Breathe Heavy). “I think I had fun when I was younger.
“I was a pretty normal girl, a tomboy. But my 20s were awful. My 30s are much better for me. I’ve learned to get to know myself better.”
Referring to her highly-publicized breakdown in 2007, she went on: “I think I had to give myself more breaks through my career and take responsibility for my mental health.
“There were many decisions that were made for me and that I didn’t make myself.”
When asked if she had been overprotected by people close to her, Britney elaborated: “Something like that.
“My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself.” She admitted ” In that situation, when your 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 agreed that the snake stunt during her VMA performance was one of those moments, describing it as “scary,” “stupid,” and something she would never do again.
The controversial incident when she placed her then-baby son Sean on her lap while driving back in 2006 was also mentioned, with Britney admitting: “Those were the toughest years.
“I think the paparazzi took off the pressure after I didn’t leave my house for two years.”
While the singer refused to call those turbulent years following the births of her two sons a “big crisis,” she did say “Crisis is a strong word.”
“Each and every one of us that starts at a young age needs to take into 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,” she said. Britney reassured fans that she’s now in “a better place”, and it’s in part due to her two adorable boys, Sean and Jayden. “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.”
Given that Britney Spears doesn’t often open up about her life so candidly, we’re incredibly grateful that she decided to share some of her story. What’s more, we’re so, so, so happy to hear that she is feeling centered with her children, and that she has managed to work her way out of that situation and arrive at a place where she’s happy and healthy.