Reformed pop babe Britney Spears regrets announcing her plan to take a year out from her career - because it sparked reports she was struggling to cope in the pop limelight.

After a turbulent year (02) - which included a well-publicised split from singer Justin Timberlake, a disappointing debut movie and her parents splitting up - Britney decided she was in need of a break.

But she now realises informing the world of her hiatus was a "mistake".

The OOPS!...I DID IT AGAIN star says, "You're supposed to take a break. It's normal. My mistake was announcing I was taking a break. That made it an issue.

"I thought in my naive mind that when I stopped working I'd be a normal person again. But no, I was still famous."

06/08/2003 02:14