Fans knew something was terribly wrong with Britney Spears when she shaved her head, attacked a photographer with an umbrella, lost custody of her young children and was twice placed on a psychiatric hold.
But now, roughly nine years later, the now-stable pop icon and mother of two is coming clean about her dark days in a new court filing.
In California Court of Appeals documents obtained by Radar, the 34-year-old's attorneys chronicled her chaotic life from 2007 to 2008 as they fought against her former manager Sam Lutfi's lawsuit.
When Spears met gas station worker Lufti in a nightclub, "her life was in turmoil," the lawyers wrote. In addition to a divorce, child custody battle and estrangement from family and business associates, they claimed, "she was struggling with drug abuse."
In her troubles, "Britney called Sam numerous times and sent him hundreds of text messages," the documents stated. The 41-year-old began to advise her on "almost every important decision in her life."
Lutfi "advised her on the importance of getting clean," the lawyers added, but Spears "continued to struggle with a drug problem."
After losing custody of her young sons Sean Preston, then 2, and Jayden James, then 1, on October 1, 2007, multi-millionaire Spears "spent the night in a parking lot."
The singer's parents Lynne and James attempted to stage an "invention," her team recalled, but Lutfi thwarted their efforts by spilling the secret to Spears and helping her escape her home undetected.
The bizarre professional and personal relationship between Lutfi and Spears ended after a blowout fight on January 28. 2008. Lynne and James interfered, and eventually obtained a temporary restraining order keeping him away from her.
As Radar has extensively reported, the troubled star was quickly placed under a conservatorship, run by her father James "Jamie" Spears and lawyer, Andrew Wallet.
Unfortunately, Spears is still fighting against a lawsuit brought on by the bitter Lutfi, who claims the star broke their professional contract.
Her team is hoping to keep her away from Lutfi in her deposition next week.