BRITNEY SPEARS’ longtime companion, SAM LUTFI, has revealed the singer has sought treatment for a series of mental issues.
Lutfi called revered U.S. newswoman Barbara Walters at the weekend
(26/27Jan08) in a bid to clear up reports about the Toxic singer’s health.
And when Walters asked him if she could talk about their conversation during her morning show The View on Monday (28Jan08), Lutfi agreed.
She told viewers about their chat, stating Lutfi referred to himself as Spears’ manager.
She revealed, “I can’t vouch for this; he seemed to be very knowledgeable and he certainly was very nice.
“He said that Britney is suffering from what he describes as mental issues which are treatable.
“He said that she has been to a psychiatrist… she has been having moodswings, she’s been having trouble sleeping… Whatever has been happening, she’s now sleeping.”
Lutfi also told Walters that Spears has reconciled with her mother Lynne after a period of estrangement.
Walters said, “She is in touch with her mother… and her mother has been very supportive.”
The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg admitted to Walters she wasn’t surprised by Lutfi’s comments, adding, “I said I thought there was something emotionally wrong. I think this girl has worked and worked… and she’s burned out.”
Walters then revealed Spears had dumped her paparazzi boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, who went public with romantic details and taped messages the singer had left him on U.S. news shows last week (ends26Jan08).
The TV host added, “I’m not an authority… but I believe she has moved away from this boyfriend.”