NEW YORK—Britney Spears will release a long-awaited memoir this fall, some two years after a court released her from a strict conservatorship that many found abusive and exploitative.
The magnetic pop star’s book “The Woman in Me” will be published on October 24, after it was acquired by Gallery Books, a Simon & Schuster publisher.
Spears lived for nearly 14 years under a controversial legal agreement that prevented her from managing her own life and finances, a period in which she was largely ruled by her father, Jamie.
A Los Angeles judge in November 2021 dissolved the conservatorship. In a chilling accusation, the singer said that under the agreement she was prevented from removing a contraceptive IUD despite her desire to have more children.
The 41-year-old described being forced to work and tour, and said her phone was tapped.
Spears rose to fame in her teens with hits like “…Baby One More Time,” becoming one of the world’s reigning pop stars at the turn of the millennium.
But it suffered a highly publicized breakdown in 2007, which included attacking a paparazzo’s car at a gas station.
The conservatorship began in 2008. It did not formally end until November 2021, after the father of the pop phenomenon was removed from his position in charge of her finances and estate at a hearing in September.
“I just want my life back,” he told the court in 2021.
Since gaining her freedom, Spears has married boyfriend Sam Asghari and collaborated on a song with Elton John.
Her forthcoming memoir is “a brave and amazingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith and hope,” her publisher said in a statement.
“Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’ 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. ” /ra
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