In an interview with Israeli paper Yediot Ahronot, Britney Spears reflected on the tough times she faced in her 20s. 

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“I think I had to give myself more breaks through my career and take responsibility for my mental health," she said when asked about her infamous breakdown in 2007. "There were many decisions that were made for me and that I didn’t make myself."

She went on to explain how she wasn't in charge of many aspects of her own life. "My life was controlled by too many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself..."

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"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 also credited her sons with helping her out of a dark time. "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." 

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