I feel sorry for Britney Spears, the Golum-esque Shepard's pie flashing fruitcake. She's not had an easy time of it recently. And everybody just stares at her whilst giggling to themselves and clutching their latest copy of Heat magazine.
Sure, it seems pretty obvious she's up Mental Creek without a paddle, but it's not like it's her fault or anything. It seems she's just the latest in a line of people who have gone stir crazy after becoming famous as a young child. Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin are the obvious other examples.
You could also make a case that the other newly-rehabed celebrity Robbie Williams falls into this category, although he was 16 when Take That launched, which is a bit different. Plus all those Class A drugs were probably a bigger contributing factor.
And what about that weird posh 8 year old boy that appeared on Terry Wogan's chat show in the 80's? You know, the one that later had the op to become a lady?
It's a bit scary what finding fame young seems to do to a person. Should something be done about it? Should young souls be protected from such spotlights? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
I don't know the answers to any of these questions.