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What Britney Spears Has to Say

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Britney Spears is a prominent figure in the music industry, known for her pop music and iconic performances. Being in the spotlight for many years and going through many scandals helps explain why she released her highly-anticipated memoir, The Woman In Me

On October 24th, 2023, Spears shocked the world by releasing her anticipated autobiography. This autobiography explores Spears’ journey, including her 13-year-long conservatorship and her infamous relationship with pop star Justin Timberlake. 

Spears rose to fame in 1993 when she starred in Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1994 alongside A-list stars Ryan Gosling, Christina Aguilera, and future boyfriend Justin Timberlake. By the time she was 16, she became a hit sensation when she released “…Baby One More Time.”

After the release of her first single, she went on to tour with the band ‘N Sync. After the tour, she kept in touch with Timberlake, who was the lead singer of the band. After spending all those months together on tour, Spears revealed she was falling in love with him. She writes, “Pretty soon I realized that I was head over heels in love with him — so in love with him it was pathetic.” 

Spears and Timberlake went on to have a two-year relationship. Spears revealed shocking news in the book that she became pregnant in the relationship. Spears made it clear she did not view the pregnancy as “a tragedy” but rather Timberlake thought they were too young. The couple agreed to an abortion shortly after finding out the news. Spears speaks about how it was one of the saddest times of her life. After the breakup, Timberlake released a music video titled “Cry Me a River,” which she believes portrayed her as a “harlot who’d broken the heart of America’s golden boy,” she writes in her memoir. 

Also during the book Spears talks about her ongoing battle with paparazzi. She recalls the infamous moment when she shaved her head when paparazzi were following her. She describes how she was “out of my mind with grief” following the death of her aunt and a custody battle with her ex-husband, Kevin Federline. She talks about that night with the paparazzi following her; she felt “humiliated” and “how that night [she] gave them some material.” She shares how everyone laughed at her and even her parents were embarrassed of her. She described how no one understood she was “simply out of [her] mind with grief” because her children were taken from her. 

In 2019, Spears went on hiatus after she checked into a mental health facility from the stress of her father’s hospitalization. Shortly after, her management team leaked the details of her conservatorship. With Spears returning to singing after leaving the mental health facility she states she was still monitored, including what she can and cannot do. Spears speaks about how she pushed back the conservatorship privately but ultimately stopped after the fear of losing her two sons. The memoir reads, “My freedom in exchange for naps with my children- it was a trade I was willing to make.” 

While she was in the mental health facility tired of going through the legal battle with her father, a nurse showed her a video with the #FreeBritneyMovement. Spears writes, “That was the most amazing thing I’d ever seen in my life.” 

Emma Minzne, a Junior at Olympic Heights High School, states, “What they did to Britney was terrible. All of America stands with her.”

After being free from the conservatorship in 2021, Spears describes how she does not feel motivated to make more music. Spears says in her memoir, “It’s time for me not to be someone who other people want; it’s time to find myself.”

The Woman in Me sold over 1 million copies its first week on sale and was one of the most prominent celebrity memoirs of the year.

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    AvaJan 12, 2024 at 11:22 am

    Spears has gone through many difficult moments in her life, but she is very brave for not letting them overtake her. I am happy that Spears is not doing what other people want her to do, but she is focusing on herself and her well-being.

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    Ayleen GalantiniJan 9, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    I feel like what Britneys managers and even some fans did to her was awful because Britney had a wonderful music career and it got ruined because of awful people and she was one of my favorite pop stars so I feel bad.

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    nichole powellJan 9, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    nice article

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    SophiaJan 9, 2024 at 12:01 pm

    I’m glad she took time for herself.

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    Angelina MagnayeJan 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    Very informative, Hopefully Britney is able to recover from all the hardships she experienced!

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    Tori ScaglioneJan 9, 2024 at 12:00 pm

    She is such a good role model.

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    SantiagoJan 9, 2024 at 11:59 am

    This article was very interesting

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    Julia Andrade XavierJan 9, 2024 at 11:58 am

    This is so informative! I never knew about some of this drama.

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    auryanna floresJan 9, 2024 at 11:58 am

    life for celebrities can seem so amazing to us fans but in reality different things can be happening it’s amazing how she’s sharing her story.

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    JacobJan 9, 2024 at 11:58 am

    Very inspirational!

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    madison klaperJan 9, 2024 at 11:58 am

    Great Article, I like how you included all of the dates

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    alexaJan 9, 2024 at 11:57 am

    This article showed a rollercoaster of ups and downs for Brittany Spears. Very emotional.

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    SkyJan 9, 2024 at 11:56 am

    She is so inspiring.. I think everyone can learn from her

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    Ethan TainesJan 9, 2024 at 11:56 am

    That sucks I never knew about her hardships until I read this article (I love her music btw)

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    abraham queroJan 9, 2024 at 11:56 am

    very sad story 🙂

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    HayleyJan 9, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Even if you’re struggling, keep going.

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    Tabassum ChowdhuryJan 9, 2024 at 11:55 am

    This was really interesting to read about. I learned things about Britney Spears that I didn’t know before.

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    Jacob YaciukJan 9, 2024 at 11:54 am

    I love the article! This helped me understand the whole Spears situation much better.

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    Ari PhillipsJan 9, 2024 at 11:53 am

    That’s crazy, I never knew that.

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