Sheryl Crow is opening up about one of the most emotionally challenging points in her life, and how she managed to move beyond.
Sitting down with ET's Deidre Behar for a Facebook Live interview recently, while promoting her 10th album, Be Myself, Crow got candid about a time in her life that rattled her beliefs in human decency.
"About 11 years ago I had a really big, public breakup and a breast cancer diagnosis all in the same week and that was really hard," Crow recalled, referring to her split from ex-fiancé Lance Armstrong and her subsequent diagnosis with breast cancer.
"I went from being, you know, a well-known person to becoming an A-lister," she continued. "Paparazzi hanging outside my door, I couldn't move without people wanting to get a picture of what I looked like in my lowest moments and it really started to affect me."
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Sheryl Crow visits Music Choice on April 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - APRIL 22: Sheryl Crow performs in concert in The Showroom at Tropicana Casino & Resort on April 22, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: 'Sing it Like Sheryl' Sheryl Crow with fans on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Sheryl Crow performs on NBC's 'Today' Show at Rockefeller Plaza on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Sheryl Crow enters when she performs on NBC's 'Today' Show at Rockefeller Plaza on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Pereira/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow performs during the 63rd Annual Ad Council Public Service Award dinner at The Waldorf=Astoria on November 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 06: Sheryl Crow attends the #BlogHer16 Experts Among Us conference at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on August 5, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
QUEBEC CITY, QC - JULY 12: Sheryl Crow performs during the 2016 Festival D'ete De Quebec on July 12, 2016 in Quebec City, Canada. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
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NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 27: Musical artists Colbie Caillat, Paul Beaubrun, and Sheryl Crow attend the 1st Annual Nashville Shines for Haiti concert benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization - Day 2 hosted by Johnathon Arndt and Newman Arndt on April 27, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Haiti Shines)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Sheryl Crow is seen on June 07, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ignat/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Sheryl Crow performs onstage during 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Singer Sheryl Crow attends the 24th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party on February 28, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Sheryl Crow and Scott Hamilton attend the Feeding America Kick Off for Hunger Action Month at the Second Harvest Food Bank Of Middle Tennessee on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Feeding America)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 19: Sheryl Crow is seen at LAX on July 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 26: Musicians Doyle Bramhall II (L) and Sheryl Crow perform on stage during 'Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years' at ACL Live on June 26, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 26: Musician Sheryl Crow performs on stage during 'Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years' at ACL Live on June 26, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Sheryl Crow is seen at LAX on July 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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"It made me lose faith in humankind that anybody would want to see a picture of someone at their lowest," Crow added. "Like that's what's really gonna sell the magazines."
Realizing that she couldn't live in the glare of the spotlight any longer, Crow said she decided to move to Nashville to get away from everything that was weighing on her.
"It was really a great thing, and a good decision, but that was a hard moment," she admitted.
"The thing that got me through it was actually just learning how to be in it, to experience it and not distract myself by being busy which is what we do," she recounted. "I didn't make a record, I didn't go to recording, I didn't sit down and write songs, I just thought, 'You know what? I'm just going to be in it until I'm not in it anymore.' And then one day I woke up and it was over."
Today, the 55-year-old singer-songwriter is happy and healthy. She's also the mother of two sons -- 10-year-old Wyatt and 7-year-old Levi -- who she says help her when it comes to finding the right kind of romantic relationships.
"I'm attracted to people that are funny and people that are curious and people that are constantly [growing]," Crow said. "Having two kids, it creates a strong weed-out process. You know pretty quickly if this is somebody that you're going to want to be around your kids."
While she's had a number of relationships with high-profile public figures in the past, Crow says that fame and fortune aren't at the top of her list when it comes to the kind of men she's attracted to.
"I wouldn't rule it out, [but] it's definitely not without its challenges," she said, referring to dating a man in the public spotlight. "I think at this stage of my life, I'm not drawn to somebody just because they're high-profile."
Crow's latest album, Be Myself, is available in stores and on streaming platforms now.