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Escaping a pack of paparazzi in February 2007, pop star Britney Spears ran into a beauty salon. Once inside, she gave herself a buzzcut despite the protests of the owner. And for years, no one has really known why. It was only when, in November 2019, U.K. TV station Channel 5 broadcast a documentary, Breaking Point, that the reason for Spears’ behavior was finally revealed.

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The incident came in the middle of a rough time for Spears. Having been in the limelight since the 1990s, she’d had her public image strictly managed for years. Then she married support dancer Kevin Federline, and began to run off the rails. That marriage ended in 2006, leaving her single but in the midst of a tough custody fight.

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