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Keira Knightley almost quit Hollywood after the diagnosis of PTSD, the mental breakdown

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Keira Knightley almost quit acting after Hollywood gave her post-traumatic stress disorder.

After rising to superstardom with ‘ Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Pride and Prejudice” and “Love actually,” Knightley, now 33, said that the coming of age in aggressive paparazzi lenses, as well as endless criticism from the press, drove her to a nervous breakdown in 2007 — when she was only 22 years old.

“I remember waking up one day and there were 10 people outside my front door,” Knightley told The Sunday Times Style magazine. “They didn’t leave for over five years.”

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Knightley, who faced scrutiny on everything from her weight to her lips to her talent, admitted that the pressure to be and look perfect toll on her mental health in a big way.

“I always wanted to be the best of the class, and I always wanted to be perfect,” she said. “I tried five pounds heavier, but then people say that you have cellulite, and then five pounds lighter, and then you’re anorexic and making people die. It was just so much,” she complained. “But in a funny way, I think that I am very happy it was so insane that I kind of recognized.”

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY SUFFERED A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN AT THE AGE OF 22

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She says that in 2007, she had a breakdown from PTSD and anxiety, but fortunately, her family and friends from her pre-fame days, helped her through.

“I had PTSD and panic attacks. I literally could not work for a year and I didn’t know if there would be an end to that,” she confessed. “I have a super-solid background and thank f—k. My family and my small but very close group of friends that just wrapped me. And I think, without that it would be a very different story.”

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She said of the paparazzi, “in the end, I didn’t want them to win. The only thing I want to do is make movies.

The Oscar-nominated actress previously spoke about her body image issues in an essay with the title “The weaker Sex” in Scarlett Curtis’ book, “Feminists don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).”

The essay was an open letter to Knightley’s young daughter, Edie, in which the starlet slammed Kate Middleton is almost impossible, unattainable post-birth gigs.

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