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Keira Knightley Says Paparazzi Drove Her to a Mental Breakdown

Keira Knightley Says Paparazzi Drove Her to a Mental Breakdown

Keira Knightley is opening up about the struggles of living in the public eye.

During a new interview with the The Telegraph, the 34-year-old actress says that she suffered a “mental breakdown” from constantly being followed by the paparazzi after rising to fame in 2003′s Pirates of the Caribbean.

“The value of photographs of any famous young women at the time went up if they were of a very negative nature,” Keira shared, in reference to the paparazzi following stars like Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse in the early 2000s. “So if you weren’t already having a mental breakdown, they were trying to push you into doing things that kept your value as high as those who were.”

Keira continued: “I remember Scarlett Johansson getting forced off the road in Los Angeles, then someone trying to do the same to me in Kentish Town. I told them I was going to kill somebody; they said they’d get more money if I did…I don’t know how things are now…but it was definitely a moment I wanted to run away from. It did not feel like it would end anywhere well.”

Keira went on talk about taking two years off, before saying she returned to acting but “knew I didn’t want to do big-budget films any more, because the fame that came with them I just couldn’t handle.”

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