Britney Spears Talks Conservatorship In Memoir
Britney Spears, the pop sensation, is set to unveil the long-anticipated memoir, The Woman in Me, providing an unfiltered look into her tumultuous life under conservatorship and the harrowing consequences it imposed. In a pair of exclusive excerpts shared with People, Britney offers a poignant glimpse into the heart-wrenching struggles and losses she endured during the 13-year conservatorship.
Britney Spears’ Oppressive Conservatorship
Spears was finally liberated from the highly restrictive court-ordered conservatorship in November 2021, marking the end of 13 years during which her estranged father, Jamie, and a court-appointed lawyer exercised near-total control over her personal and financial affairs. In one of the People excerpts, Britney candidly reflects on the profound impact of this conservatorship on her life.
“I became a robot,” Spears, now 41, writes. “But not just a robot — a sort of child-robot. I had been so infantilized that I was losing pieces of what made me feel like myself. The conservatorship stripped me of my womanhood, made me into a child.”
The Battle Within
Britney’s ordeal led her to a bewildering internal struggle. She describes how she oscillated between feeling like a little girl, a teenager, and a woman due to the loss of her freedom. The conservatorship’s grip denied her the ability to act like an adult, suffocating her true self. She recalls, “There was no way to behave like an adult, since they wouldn’t treat me like an adult, so I would regress and act like a little girl; but then my adult self would step back in — only my world didn’t allow me to be an adult.”
Liberating Her Voice
The memoir signifies a monumental step for Spears, who has regained her freedom to speak her truth after 15 years of having her story told by others. She expresses her eagerness to connect with her fans directly, asserting, “No more conspiracy, no more lies — just me owning my past, present, and future.”
The Turning Point: A Shaved Head and Conservatorship
The book delves into one of the most notorious incidents that played a role in her conservatorship. In 2007, Spears garnered worldwide attention by shaving her head during a turbulent period, as paparazzi and tabloids incessantly invaded her life during her divorce from Kevin Federline.
Shaving her head and acting out, she explains, were her ways of rebelling against the scrutiny she had endured since her teenage years. These actions ultimately led to her placement under the conservatorship in 2008, and she was forced to abandon her close-cropped look. Spears recalls, “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.”
A Father’s Body-Shaming
Britney also exposes deeply personal revelations about her father’s body-shaming. She claims that her father repeatedly criticized her appearance, telling her she looked “fat” and needed to address it. This painful aspect of the conservatorship left a lasting scar on the pop icon.
A Creative Soul in Captivity
Despite being trapped in the conservatorship, Britney remarkably released four albums during the 13-year ordeal and embarked on a successful four-year run of her Las Vegas residency, Piece of Me, even though she was miserable. The artist admitted, “I would do little bits of creative stuff here and there, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore.”
Now free from the suffocating constraints of her conservatorship, Britney Spears is bravely revealing her journey in her memoir, The Woman in Me. It is a powerful testament to her enduring strength, unwavering determination, and the indomitable spirit of one of the most iconic figures in pop music history.
The memoir, set for release on October 24th, is expected to shed light on the extraordinary power of music, love, and a woman telling her own story on her terms. As Britney Spears reclaims her narrative, it’s a testament to the enduring strength of the human spirit and the importance of owning one’s past, present, and future.