Christina Aguilera has confessed she suffered a breakdown after her first single was released - because she was fed-up with being compared to Britney Spears. The sexy singer shot to fame in 1999 with her debut track, 'Genie In A Bottle', and was immediately dubbed the 'new Britney'. But Christina hated the comparisons to her arch-rival, who she starred with in Disney's 'The Mickey Mouse Club' when she was 12, as she wanted to be a star in her own right. She said: "I had some sort of breakdown after being confined in this shell." Christina says she only managed to get rid of her pop princess image after she started wearing raunchy outfits and the released her 2002 album, 'Stripped'. She added in an interview with Britain's Daily Record newspaper: "It was kind of a breakthrough for me. I was shedding a skin, this image that the label tried to put upon me where I felt I was suffocating after a while. 'Stripped' was very true to the person I was. It was a time when I felt, how can I break out of this shell?'" Despite the ups and downs of her career, Christina insists she wouldn't change a thing.

She said: "I always trust my own guts and I do not regret any of my decisions, whether it's with my videos, my music or my clothing style - because it all helped me be the person I am today."