%mlink(STRY:; PHOTO:NY126-061802; AUDIO:%)

NEW YORK (AP) _ No matter where Britney Spears goes, she can't escape the reminders of her recent breakup with 'N Sync's Justin Timberlake.

``You go out to a club, and people say, 'Are you fine? Are you fine?' And it's like, 'I'm here, aren't I?''' the 20-year-old pop singer says in the July issue of InStyle magazine. ``What if I was some weakling and I was like, 'Whaaa!' Crying!''

Spears says she and Timberlake, 21, split amicably: ``We're climbing two different mountains. His priorities are different from mine right now.''

After being friends since their Mickey Mouse Club days as kids, and three years as a high-profile couple, she says they still talk frequently. But she admits it wasn't easy seeing him photographed at a Hollywood club with a brunette.

``Of course it's gonna kind of hurt sometimes, and you wonder things,'' Spears says. ``But you learn from it and grow. I'm trying to get to that point.''