The 2007 meltdown that saw the pop star go bald hits home with one of country music’s own talented female superstars. In a 2016 interview with Britain’s Metro paper, LeAnn Rimes opens up about how she was ‘in those shoes’ before.
Signing her first major record deal at just 11-years-old, Rimes has been a face of country music for more than 20 years – and has seen her fair share of ups and downs in the public’s line-of-sight.
While she avoided a public breakdown like that of Britney Spears, with the whole ‘shaved head’ experience and a bizarre attack on a vehicle with a large green umbrella, Rimes says that she likely could have ended up in the same boat.
Struggling to deal with her fame and the never-ending pressure of the public’s voice, Rimes says that she’s seen that side of life up close and personal.
“The shaving head thing? I totally understand it,” she tells the publication. “I didn’t go there, but I definitely had the feeling of it, I’m sure, at some point.”
The pop princess got help for her troubles and has climbed back up with a Las Vegas residency in 2013, secured custody of her two boys, and has really made giant strides.
Like Britney, Rimes went through some troubling times when she divorced and remarried a man that she first met while already married. In addition to unending public scrutiny of her personal life, husband Eddie Cibrian’s ex-wife, Brandi Glanville, has started repeated uproars on social media that have produced unwanted attention.
But also like Britney, Rimes is releasing new music from her first album since 2013’s Spitfire.
“I look at her and think it’s really amazing what she’s overcome,” Rimes continued. “It’s nice to see someone come out the other side and be successful again.”
Watch LeAnn Rimes’ music video for her single “The Story” below.