“In Britney Spears’s memoir, she’s stronger than ever.” —The New York Times
The Woman in Me is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope.
In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey—and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.
Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s groundbreaking book illuminates the enduring power of music and love—and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.
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It’s no exaggeration to say we’ve been waiting to hear Britney Spears tell her own story for decades. In The Woman in Me, the pop star finally pulls back the curtain, showing us the private realities behind her all-too-public life. That story begins tragically early—she began supporting her family as a child star in part because her alcoholic father Jamie Spears couldn’t hold down a job. As she walks us through her experiences with superstardom, her relationships with Justin Timberlake (who does not come off well) and dancer Kevin Federline, and her eventual imprisonment in a 13-year conservatorship by her father, it’s her family’s continual gaslighting and abuse that remain heartbreakingly constant, even beyond the shocking restraints of the conservatorship itself. (She literally ate chicken and canned vegetables every night for two years because Jamie controlled her meals.) This memoir is what #FreeBritney was all about, and it proves we were right to worry.
Pop star Spears recounts her rise to superstardom and the suffering she endured during her 13-year conservatorship in this chatty and sometimes searing debut memoir. The time frame spans from Spears's childhood in Louisiana in the 1980s to the final stages of the "Free Britney" movement in 2021, with stops in Vegas and at the VMAs in between, and the focus remains squarely on Spears's lack of control—over her fraying family of origin, her public image, and eventually, her own life. Key revelations include the at-home abortion Spears underwent at the urging of then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake, the casual drinking she engaged in with her mother as a young teen (even as her father was gripped by alcoholism), and the sordid details of the rehab stints she endured at the behest of her father, who insisted she wasn't mentally well enough to drink coffee or drive a car even as he profited from the Las Vegas residencies he signed her up for. There's plenty of standard-issue celeb memoir name dropping—meetings with Madonna, parties with Lenny Kravitz—but the prevailing tone is more shell-shocked than glamorous. Spears recalls hiding in cupboards when she felt overwhelmed as a child and a debilitating bout of social anxiety at the height of her career, coming across more often as a fun-loving lost lamb than a remote cultural titan. The result is affecting, infuriating, and easy to gulp down in a single sitting.
I was 9 or 10 when Britney first came around and she was always my favorite. I had no idea she went through all that. Everything makes a little more sense now.
Amazing read. Insightful. Love u Britany
A story that deserves to be heard
I hope the world hears her story and feels it. We are the same age and I’ve loved her since I first heard her on the radio. I read her words and my heart breaks that I have had the freedom to live my life the way I wanted having done essentially the same things she did just not in the public eye. Britney- you deserve a universe of peace and happiness and I hope you dance and drink all of the margaritas your beautiful little heart desires.