Britney Spears’ highly anticipated memoir, “The Woman in Me,” is now on bookshelves everywhere!
There have been some excerpts released early over the past couple of weeks. Fans who were expecting some bombshell moments in the memoir are not going to be disappointed.
We’ve rounded up 5 of the biggest revelations so far:
#1 Spears reveals she became pregnant with Justin Timberlake’s child and had an abortion.
“It was a surprise, but for me, it wasn’t a tragedy. I loved Justin so much. I always expected us to have a family together one day. This would just be much earlier than I’d anticipated. But Justin definitely wasn’t happy about the pregnancy. He said we weren’t ready to have a baby in our lives, that we were way too young.”
Spears writes that she took little pills to abort the baby at home and that it was agonizing. She claims Timberlake played the guitar to soothe her through the pain.
#2 Spears admits she cheated on Justin, and he cheated on her.
“Especially because I was so infatuated and so in love, I let it go, even though the tabloids seemed determined to rub my face in it. When NSYNC went to London in 2000, photographers caught him with one of the girls from All Saints in a car. But I never said anything.”
Spears also claims Timberlake cheated with a famous woman – but she won’t identify her because she’s now married with kids. For her part, Spears admits she kissed choreographer Wade Robson.
#3 When Spears was in eighth grade, her mom gave her alcohol so they could drink together.
“For fun, starting when I was in eighth grade, my mom and I would make the two-hour drive from Kentwood to Biloxi, Mississippi, and while we were there, we would drink daiquiris. We called our cocktails “toddies.” I loved that I was able to drink with my mom every now and then. The way we drank was nothing like how my father did it. When he drank, he grew more depressed and shut down. We became happier, more alive and adventurous.”
#4 Spears claims shaving her head was an act of rebellion, not a mental health crisis.
“I’d been eyeballed so much growing up. I’d been looked up and down, had people telling me what they thought of my body, since I was a teenager. Shaving my head and acting out were my ways of pushing back. But under the conservatorship I was made to understand that those days were now over. I had to grow my hair out and get back into shape. I had to go to bed early and take whatever medication they told me to take.”
#5 Spears writes about the verbal abuse she received from her father.
“If I thought getting criticized about my body in the press was bad, it hurt even more from my own father. He repeatedly told me I looked fat and that I was going to have to do something about it. Feeling like you’re never good enough is a soul-crushing state of being for a child. He’d drummed that message into me as a girl, and even after I’d accomplished so much, he was continuing to do that to me.”
“The Woman in Me” is in bookstores now!