| Welcome to Global Village Space

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Britney Spears memoir says she had abortion while dating Justin Timberlake

It is one of several revelations in The Woman In Me, out on Oct 24, in which the 41-year-old pop star also addresses the controversial conservatorship that barred her from handling her own life and finances for 14 years.

Britney Spears says in her eagerly anticipated new memoir that she had an abortion during her relationship with Justin Timberlake over two decades ago, according to an excerpt released on Tuesday.

It is one of several revelations in The Woman In Me, out on Oct 24, in which the 41-year-old pop star also addresses the controversial conservatorship that barred her from handling her own life and finances for 14 years.

Read more: Sam Asghari seeks divorce from Britney Spears 14 months after wedding

“If it had been left up to me alone, I never would have done it,” she writes of the abortion, in an excerpt published by People magazine on Tuesday.

“And yet Justin was so sure that he didn’t want to be a father.”

In the book, Spears describes meeting Timberlake when they were both children performing in Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club.

Read more: Unveiling Britney Spears: The Woman In Me – A Memoir That Ignites Controversy

They later began dating in their late teens, becoming one of the entertainment industry’s highest-profile couples, before splitting in 2002.

According to the memoir, Timberlake “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,” she writes.

She adds: “To this day, it’s one of the most agonising things I have ever experienced in my life.”

Representatives for Timberlake, now 42 and married to actor Jessica Biel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Following the split with Timberlake, Spears had two sons – Sean and Jayden – with her second husband Kevin Federline.

In 2008, after suffering a highly public breakdown, Spears was placed under a unique legal guardianship largely governed by her father, Jamie.

During a court appearance in 2021, she told a judge that the conservatorship was preventing her from removing a contraceptive IUD – despite her wanting to get pregnant.

“The conservatorship stripped me of my womanhood, made me into a child,” says Spears, in another excerpt.