TATUM O'NEAL'S ADVICE FOR BRITNEY

Published on: October 4, 2007
TATUM O'NEAL'S ADVICE FOR BRITNEY

Child star Tatum O'Neal — who has battled addiction and her ex, John McEnroe, over custody of their kids — is hopeful Britney Spears can make a comeback. "[Britney] needs to think she needs some help; no one can tell her," O'Neal tells Entertainment Tonight. "She can get better ... but it's going to be hard, and she'll do it publicly, and that sucks."

The Oscar winner says, "I went through my problems too, and I relate to her, and I feel really sad for her. I had to realize that I had to take my own responsibility for everything, whether it was anger at my dad, or anger at my ex-husband ... I did all the things that she doesn't want to do — I did the drug testing, I did the parenting classes ... it was very humbling. But I wanted those kids more than I cared about getting [back at anybody]. I wanted those kids in my life because my mother lost custody of me when I was six years old. So I relate, you know, and I feel sad."