Britney had “no choice” but to create a personal album after going through heartbreak and needing to vent through music sessions in the studio.

“Actually I really kinda had no choice,” Britney admitted to MTV News at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood on Tuesday. “Because at the time I was going through a breakup that was kind of public, and everyone knew about it. And I felt like, it’s not a secret, so why not write about it and say how I’m feeling about it and what it feels like?”

The recording process was therapeutic for her, and helped craft 14 co-written songs from her.

“I feel like when you write you do depict from what you’re going through in your life, and that’s what I was going through at the time, so it just made sense for me, therapeutically, to write it out and get it out,” Britney said. “You kinda of do put yourself in an exposed situation and you’re putting yourself out there a little bit, but I feel like it’s better to do that than keep it in.”

Britney said she’s just as excited to release her eighth studio album as her first.

“I feel like I have more to say now, I’m older and I’m open to experiment with the album and work with different people and collaborate,” she said. “And I just think the creative process is more indulgent, it’s more fun.”