In excerpts from her forthcoming memoir released Tuesday, Britney Spears discloses that she had an abortion when she was dating fellow pop superstar Justin Timberlake as a teenager.
Spears Writes About Pregnancy Termination in Relationship
According to People Magazine, Spears writes that Timberlake “wasn’t happy about the pregnancy” and felt they were too young to have a child. Representatives for Timberlake did not immediately comment.
Examining a High-Profile Romance Under Scrutiny
Spears and Timberlake’s relationship in the late 1990s and early 2000s faced massive tabloid attention as they rose to fame. Their breakup also prompted a public backlash against Spears.
A 2021 documentary led Timberlake to apologize for “failing” her during that time. Now Spears is providing her own perspective in her first in-depth memoir, set for release next week.
Offering Insight After Years Under Conservatorship
The tell-all book comes in the aftermath of Spears being freed from a 13-year conservatorship overseen heavily by her father. In the memoir, she also reflects on losing her passion for performing under legal constraints.
Since the conservatorship ended nearly 2 years ago, Spears has shared some feelings online. But the memoir will provide her most substantial account yet of having her life tightly controlled while working as a pop icon.
Spears’ revelation about having an abortion while dating fellow superstar Justin Timberlake sheds new light on a relationship that was heavily scrutinized.
The memoir excerpt provides her perspective on a major life event from her formative years in the public eye.
Along with her conservatorship reflections, Spears is using the book to take control of her own story after years of media speculation and external control over her choices.
By openly discussing intimate moments like her termination, Spears is reclaiming her narrative and offering unfiltered insight into the woman behind the pop icon persona.