Billie Piper reveals therapy helped her cope with looking back at early fame

Billie Piper reveals therapy helped her cope with looking back at early fame
Billie Piper reveals therapy helped her cope with looking back at early fame

Billie Piper has revealed that therapy helped her cope with looking back at her early fame and how she relates to Britney Spears' struggles in a candid new interview. 

The singer and actress, 39, has told how for many years she couldn't watch herself in her childhood music videos or listen to her songs, but now she is able to reflect on it 'fondly'.  

Billie first appeared as a performer in Scratchy & Co at age 13 before releasing her debut single Because We Want To at 15, which made her the youngest female artist ever to enter at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Honest: Billie Piper has revealed that therapy helped her cope with looking back at her early fame and how she relates to Britney Spears' struggles in a candid new interview

Honest: Billie Piper has revealed that therapy helped her cope with looking back at her early fame and how she relates to Britney Spears' struggles in a candid new interview

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Speaking to Grazia she said: 'For many years, I couldn't watch myself as a child in a music video, or even hear my songs.

'But I can now, and I'm reflecting on it more fondly than I ever have done. There are mixed emotions and, honestly, it's all a bit confused.

'I've forgotten a lot of it because I've never worked harder in my life than at that age. It makes sense to me that there's not a great deal I can remember.'

Candid: The singer and actress, 39, has told how for many years she couldn't watch herself in her childhood music videos or listen to her songs, but now she is able to reflect on it 'fondly'

Candid: The singer and actress, 39, has told how for many years she couldn't watch herself in her childhood music videos or listen to her songs, but now she is able to reflect on it 'fondly'

Billie looked incredible in the accompanying photoshoot for the publication, where she slipped into an off-the shoulder gold sequin dress to pose up a storm. 

For another glamorous party look she wore a dazzling pink sparky dress with statement bow detailing as she graced the cover.   

The star then revealed that Britney Spears' recent conservatorship battle and struggles with fame were something she felt she could 'relate to'. 

She explained that her time as a musician and also being a woman meant she dealt with 'issues around control and misrepresentation', before adding that a lot of women could probably relate to her even if they weren't famous. 

Reflection: Speaking to Grazia she said: 'For many years, I couldn't watch myself as a child in a music video, or even hear my songs'

Reflection: Speaking to Grazia she said: 'For many years, I couldn't watch myself as a child in a music video, or even hear my songs'

The mother-of-three has previously told how she battled through similar mental health issues to Britney

Britney, 39, famously suffered a public breakdown in 2008 after checking out of rehab, which saw her shave her head and attack paparazzi with an umbrella. 

After shooting to fame as a popstar aged 15, Billie recalled how working 18-hour days and having a 'lack of control' over everything had a very 'negative impact' on her life.

Looking back on her early years, Billie told how working relentlessly to become a music star took a toll on her mental health and eventually led to an eating disorder. 

Struggles: Billie first appeared as a performer in Scratchy & Co at age 13 before releasing her debut single Because We Want To at 15, which made her the youngest female artist ever to enter at number one on the UK Singles Chart (pictured in 1998)

Struggles: Billie first appeared as a performer in Scratchy & Co at age 13

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