"I didn't want to be the woman who stayed in bed for months. I did do that a little," she admits, "but I knew I had to get through it. ... I had to figure out what I did wrong, that I was in a relationship where I was accepting situations that weren't good for me. If you're allowing yourself to be in a bad relationship, you need to understand why. I had to turn [the breakup] into something better. I thought, 'I don't want to just survive it, I want to come out better.'"
The superstar focused her energy on taking care of her 4-year-old kids, Max and Emme, and threw everything else into her career. She danced, worked out and even read inspirational affirmations about how to "heal her life."
The turning point came when she heard the song "Dance Again," by Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull and RedOne. "I had to beg and beg Enrique to give it to me. I told him, 'That's my song.' And finally, he gave in," she recalls. "'Dance Again' became my anthem ... an expression of what I needed to do at that time in my life, and for what I was taking on with [my career]. It was a beautiful metaphor that became my reality.