Britney Spears shocked fans and the media with a surprising revelation from her upcoming memoir. In an excerpt published by People magazine, the pop star disclosed that she had an abortion after becoming pregnant with her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake. Spears opens up about the difficult decision in her book, “The Woman in Me,” which is set to be released on October 24.
According to the memoir, Spears was just 17 years old when she started dating Timberlake in 1999. The couple remained together until 2002. In her book, she describes meeting Timberlake at the age of 11 on the set of “The Mickey Mouse Club” and even shares details about their first kiss during a game of Truth or Dare.
Spears reveals that Timberlake was not supportive of the pregnancy and expressed his belief that they were too young and not ready for parenthood. This led to the difficult decision to have an abortion. The excerpt sheds light on the emotional turmoil Spears experienced during this time, as she grappled with the pressures of fame and a relationship in the public eye.
Representatives for both Spears and Timberlake have not yet commented on the revelation. Fans and the public will undoubtedly be eager to hear their respective sides of the story, but no official statements have been made regarding this matter.
“The Woman in Me” not only delves into Spears’ personal life but also sheds light on her highly-publicized conservatorship under her father, James “Jamie” Spears. The conservatorship, which lasted for 13 years, stripped Spears of her autonomy, including making her own medical and financial decisions. In the memoir, she reflects on the impact this had on her and how it “stripped her of her womanhood.”
Spears also gives a glimpse into her recent court testimony against her father in June 2021, where she made rare public statements about her conservatorship. She shares details about her father’s alleged control over her, body shaming, and stifling her creativity as an artist.
The memoir provides a vivid account of Spears’ journey, from her early days in Kentwood, Louisiana, to her rise to stardom with hit albums like “Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again.” She gives readers insight into iconic moments in her career, such as her controversial performance at the 2001 VMAs with a live snake.
Living under the constant scrutiny of the public eye took a toll on Spears, as she struggled to distinguish her true identity from the fictional characters she portrayed. She describes the challenges of being “half yourself and half a fictional character,” leading to a blurred sense of reality.
The termination of Spears’ conservatorship in November 2021 marked a new chapter in her life. In her memoir, she reflects on the freedom she gained and the process of reconstructing her identity as a confident woman, no longer under the control of others.
Britney Spears’ memoir promises to be a revealing and emotionally charged account of her life. It is sure to captivate readers as they gain a deeper understanding of the challenges she faced and the person she has become. The publication of this excerpt has already sparked significant interest and conversation, setting the stage for a highly anticipated book release later this month.
Natalie Kainz is a news associate for NBC News.