Faith Pays Off?

May 29, 2007 00:00:00 Posted at May 29, 2007 00:00:00
Lainey Posted by Lainey

Many of you have ripped my head off for believing in Britney. Indeed, it’s been a tough sell. And still, it’s like a compulsion. Which is therefore why it’s so gratifying when she actually does something not entirely stupid.

An open letter posted on her website with a candid, though at times incoherent explanation of her “reality”. At the very least she acknowledges there was a rock bottom, that there was a problem, and that she has children who deserve more. At the very least.

And while she’s about as articulate as my ESL Chinese mother, she also, in that nauseating Hollywood way, tries to explain - with sentences and words that sound more important than they mean - what is happening around her, and how she’s been restructuring her life according to her newfound perspective.

Dear Fans,

I just wanted to reach out to all of you and explain some of the things that I have been faced with recently.

It"s so funny how many stories are put out there about people. It"s like we all want our side of the story out there as well, but at the end of the day only a few people care to hear what is really going on since the bad is always so much more interesting than the truth. I don"t know why, but this is so weird to me. I used to be angry at the tabloids for printing horrible things about me, but now I try to just be numb to what I see. I saw Tyra Banks once get really upset and cry on her show because they made her look fat. We all want a certain image of ourselves out there, and at some point we all do really care what other people think or we wouldn"t be here.

Recently, I was sent to a very humbling place called rehab. I truly hit rock bottom. Till this day I don"t think that it was alcohol or depression. I was like a bad kid running around with ADD. I had a manager from a long time ago come in and try to direct me and my life after I got my divorce. I was so overwhelmed I think that I was in a little shock too. I didn"t know who to go to. I realized how much energy and love I had put into my past relationship when it was gone because I genuinely did not know what to do with myself, and it made me so sad. I confess, I was so lost.

This letter is to not place blame on anyone, although I do see the world with a completely different set of eyes now. Being in that vulnerable state and taken to dinners and parties with friends and finding out later you paid for everything was a huge learning lesson for me. I think the whole problem was letting too many people into my life. You never know another persons intentions or what another person wants. I feel I was too open and looking for answers when I had it all to begin with. I have had to cut so many people out of my life. It is so sad, because if anyone is a family is me. When I was little I remember every night watching movies with my family and feeling so at peace. Dancing and singing all the time just like a little girl should. Now recently I find with my children that I want them to have that feeling all of the time. I am having to face a lot of things right now since I have children of my own. A lot of insecurities from when I was little are coming up again. It is like we are never good enough.

I know everyone thinks that I am playing the victim, but I am not and I hate what is going on right now so much. Maybe this is the reason for this maybe allow people to look at me differently. It is like when you are a real woman and say what you feel and how you think things are supposed to be, that people just say you are a "bitch."

I feel like some of the people in my life made more of some issues than was necessary. I also feel like they knew I was beginning to use my brain for a change and cut some ties, so they wanted to be in more control of my life than me. I think it is actually normal for a young girl to go out after a huge divorce. I think it was a bigger issue because I had not gone out in such a long time.

I am 25 and I do still have a lot to learn, and I am going to make mistakes everyday, and I am sure every mistake I make will probably be on CNN or Good Morning America. I am only human people and I love you for still loving me.

I am sitting here at home and it is 6:25 and both of my sons are asleep. I am truly blessed to have them in my life. Everyday is so surreal. Life in general is so surreal and crazy.

I just hope this letter made some of you think a little bit more of me and where I am coming from. I just want the same things in life that you want...and that is to be happy.

It is just so weird because everyone has their own perception of me and how they think I really am. It is so weird how stories are told. There is your side, my side, and the truth. Somebody has to figure it out. I guess we will never really understand or figure out life completely. That"s God"s job. I can"t wait to meet him...or her.

Love, Britney

Quote of the month...
It is ok to disagree with people regarding certain issues. You"re not being true to yourself if you succumb to others opinions because you feel guilty.

Is it entirely contrite? No… of course not. Does she continue to shirk the depression and the addiction issue? Of course. But embarrassment is a powerful deterrent. Given her fame and what’s around her, I’d say it’s about as close to an admission as it gets.

Interesting also to note her “insecurities”. And who can argue with that? That the “new” Britney is openly conceding to insecurity as the root of many of her issues, similar to what many women the world over face every day – call me Cruise but it lends, finally, a sense of depth to her that may never have been there before.

Now is she still trashy and dirty with bad hair and the worst fashion sense and she lipsynchs and her recent performances have sucked hard and blah blah blah? Absolutely.

But pulling for Britney means that Hollywood Ebola can’t kill everyone. Pulling for Britney means that one person has actually survived the Paris Hilton virus…so can we all agree on that?

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