If I knew I'd want dessert one night, I wouldn't have bread that day. Seeing how well it worked motivated me to keep going, but I hit a period when I got too skinny.I wasn't too obsessed with it, but I did learn that there have to be days when you just don't think about it." THG NOTE: For Britney Spears, that's every day. On her new album, : "It's interesting - half the record was written when I was with Joel, and the other half was written after we'd broken up. So many of the songs are about things my family has gone through.I was scared to write about that stuff at first, but then I thought, Why try to make it seem like I have a perfect life when I don't?

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He gave me a sense of confidence and independence I didn't have before.

For a time it was awkward, but we e-mail all the time now and are at a really good place." : Not quite the same place that Travis Barker and Shanna Moakler are all of a sudden back at. On getting slim: "I have the same insecurities about my body that every girl has and I made a conscious choice to get in shape.

I've always been a junk food eater, but I started paying more attention to what I put in my body and cut out foods like pizza, chicken fingers, and French fries.

“So everyone can make their own assumptions about what I was doing.” Hilary dated Joel from age 16 to 19.

“I had a pretty serious relationship at a young age that I ended, and it wrecked me for a good year and a half,” Hilary added.

Just weeks after Joel Madden and Hilary Duff broke up last November, the Good Charlotte frontman began dating skinny socialite (and part time druggie) Nicole Richie. Here are some excerpts from the interview: On her breakup with Joel Madden: "(Joel Madden) was my boyfriend for two years and I loved him - he was a very important part of my life.

Still reeling from the difficult breakup, the , while working through the heartbreak. She does not, however, address rumors that she's with Stavros Niarchos. All that stuff about the age difference between us being the reason we broke up is just not true; I never felt the age difference.

Breaking up was just something that I felt needed to happen between us.

People thought we were an unlikely couple, but we really weren't that different.

After two months, I didn't even see his tattoos anymore, because that's not who he is.

He used to say, 'I don't think there are too many people out there who really get you, but I do.' And he did.