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In a phone call to Barbara Walters, Britney Spears' pal Sam Lutfi revealed that the pop singer "is starting some kind of treatment" for "mental issues," the talk show host announced on The View Monday.
"There is a man named Sam Lutfi, who is the manager and very good friend of Britney," Walters told the audience. "He has been staying with her constantly.
"He got in touch with us... I can't vouch for this... He seemed to be very knowledgeable and he certainly was very nice.
"He said Britney was suffering from what he describes as mental issues which are treatable.
"He said that she has been to a psychiatrist and ... I assume she is starting some kind of treatment.
"She has been having mood swings. She has been having some kind of trouble sleeping."
Walters said that Lutfi also claims Spears — who hasn't seen her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James in three weeks since she lost visitation rights — "is in touch with her mother — because we had heard that she wasn't — and her mother [Lynne, who arrived in L.A. late Sunday] has been very supportive of whatever it is that Britney is trying to do.
"I said, 'Can I discuss this on the air?' And he said, 'Yes.'"
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Source: Us Weekly