Britney Spears Talks Battling Anxiety: 'If a Hair Was Out of Place, I'd Be So Anxious'
Her past struggles affected her career but she's back and stronger than ever.
Britney Spears' performance at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday marked a triumphant return to the iconic award show and the forefront of pop culture.
Taking the stage at the VMAs for the first time in a decade, as Spears showcased her single "Make Me" off her new album Glory, the pop princess reigned supreme, glistening in a sheer yellow ensemble with an evident new attitude.
But not all that glitters is actually gold. Despite her performance at Sunday’s ceremony, behind closed doors the "I'm a Slave 4 U" singer has battled with anxiety. Spears detailed the affects of the disorder in an interview with Marie Claire UK saying, “If a hair was out of place, I’d be so anxious. I would get very anxious about so many things.”
Anxiety can take a serious toll on the mental health of a person, especially celebrities whose lives are open books and are subject to public scrutiny. Many celebrities turn to different outlets to overcome such a stifling disorder. After her infamous breakdown back in 2007, Britney started to overcome her disorder by shying away from the limelight to re-group and focus on motherhood. Her sons have played a major part in her growth.
"Becoming a mother and being with my boys [Jayden, 9, Sean Preston, 10] has made me so much more accepting of myself," she said. "I'm their mom, whatever. That has been a really big thing for me over these last few years."
Spears also revealed that being an international pop icon doesn't necessarily make dating any easier.
"I had a really bad date," she said. "I mean, it was really bad. I’ve been single for ages and had a date with a guy I liked. I was getting anxious, worrying he wouldn’t like me. In the evening I got on the scales and I had lost six pounds.... We went to the movies, but I could tell right away it wasn’t working. It was sort of awkward. So after the movie I came home and that was it. It just didn’t work [...] He just wasn’t that into me. I liked him. He knew that. But he definitely didn’t feel the same. It happens to everybody. Being famous doesn’t make you any different.’