Earlier I had reported that In Touch Weeklys’ new cover featuring Britney with the headline reading “New book’s sad claim: Britney’s life was worse than anyone knew” may have been about Lynne’s upcoming memoir. This is not the case.

New information has surfaced from In Touch that claims that damning information is coming from author Ian Halperin, who’s penning a tell-all book, titled “Stalking Britney: Britney Under Siege,” about Britney’s rough patch over the last 18 months.

In Touch reports: “She’s on a high right now, but her life goes in circles,” investigative journalist Ian Halperin says in an interview with In Touch. “It’s like a roller coaster ride. She’s a person who is highly sensitive, and just one little thing could set her off.”

“In his explosive upcoming tell-all book, Stalking Britney: Britney Under Siege, the New York Times bestselling author explores the secret pain that he alleges drove Britney to attempt suicide four times following her split from ex-husband Kevin Federline. Halperin researched this sensational book during 18 months undercover as a photographer.

The pressures of her career – which began at 12 as one of the youngest cast members on The New Mickey Mouse Club – led to her deep insecurities. “At 15, she had a huge breakdown and had to return home to Louisiana,” he reveals. “She was very insecure and felt like she wasn’t pretty.” But rather than get help, Britney focused on her outward appearance: “She went on a huge diet.”

Today, Britney is on medication, but Halperin believes she’s far from recovered. “There’s no doubt, based on the last two years, that she is a highly unstable person,” he observes. “She’s on a temporary high right now, but she’s never really dealt with all the problems she had. I don’t think it’s possible to turn over a new leaf just like that.”

Yet as far as Halperin is concerned, Britney deserves to get better – and to lead a happy life. She’s a “good mother, and a good person,” he says. “In fact, she’s nicer than most of the stars I’ve met. But as Britney once told me herself, her life has always been two steps forward, followed by one step back.”

For more information, check In Touch on newsstands Thursday.

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