Britney Spears: 'A broken-down shell of a human being,' says Moby

May 9, 2011 at 8:29 p.m. ET

"Britney Spears is totally broken," says pop star and producer Moby. Some say Britney's made a comeback, but according to Moby, she's a "broken-down shell of a human being."

Britney Spears performing

Think Britney Spears has made a comeback? Think again. In a jaw-dropping new interview, musician Moby, who worked with Spears in 2003 on a track, Early Mornin', that appeared on her In the Zone album, says Spears is a classic little girl lost.

"Britney's actually kind of like a broken-down shell of a human being, that's what makes her so endearing and compelling," Moby says of his experience working with the singer. "She was lovely, but really broken. Like, Blanche DuBois-style broken."

Back in 2008, Moby spoke out on what he believed to be the root of Spears' problems. "I think what's happening is the combination of hardcore substance abuse coupled with... she doesn't know who she is," he said at the time. Because Spears became so famous so young, he theorized, she was tormented by her own success. "My armchair dilettante psychoanalysis of what's going on is she's punishing herself and saying to the world, 'You loved me when I was a 16-year-old ingenue, do you love me now I'm a 26-year-old drug-damaged person?'"

Around the same time, he went on to say it's exactly Spears' tormented quality that makes her so appealing to the public. "The fatter she gets, the weirder she gets, the more I love her," he said. "I found her moderately appealing in the late '90s, but now I would marry her in a heartbeat!"

Do you like Britney "weirder?" Or with her act together?