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Britney Spears Sets Date for Memoir "The Woman in Me"


Wed 12 Jul 2023 | 12:21 PM
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Pop icon Britney Spears announced Wednesday on Instagram the release date of her much-anticipated tell-all memoir, "The Woman in Me".

The book is due out on October 24.

According to People magazine, the book is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope.

“Britney’s compelling testimony in open court shook the world, changed laws, and showed her inspiring strength and bravery,” Gallery Books senior VP and publisher Jennifer Bergstrom said in a statement shared with Billboard. 

“I have no doubt her memoir will have a similar impact — and will be the publishing event of the year. We couldn’t be more proud to help her share her story at last.”

Bergstrom and executive editor Lauren Spiegel acquired world and audio rights to the book from CAA in a deal in which Simon & Schuster Audio will simultaneously publish the audio edition of the book. 

In addition, foreign rights to the book have been sold in Brazil, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Portugal/Spain, and Sweden.

“In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court,” it reads in reference to the dramatic testimony Spears gave during the proceedings to dissolve the legal arrangement that gave her estranged father and legal team full control over the singer’s private and professional lives for 13 years.

“The impact of sharing her voice — her truth — was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. The Woman in Me reveals for the first time her incredible journey — and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history.”

The writing in The Woman in Me is described as having “remarkable candor and humor” in a “groundbreaking book” that “illuminates the enduring power of music and love — and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms, at last.”

Spears teased the memoir last April in a lengthy Instagram post in which she wrote, “Well I’m writing a book at the moment and as it’s actually healing and therapeutic … it’s also hard bringing up past events in my life … I’ve never been able to express openly !!! I can only imagine that I do sound childish but I was extremely young when those events took place … and addressing it now … I’m sure it seems irrelevant to most and I’m completely aware of that !!!”

At the time, Spears referenced Justin Timberlake‘s public apology to both herself and Janet Jackson in the wake of 2021’s "Framing Britney Spears" on Hulu, and in advance of the release of "Malfunction: The Dressing Down of Janet Jackson" in November that same year.

“Instead of using my heart … I’m using the intellectual approach as Justin so respectfully did when he apologized to Janet and me … although he was never bullied or threatened by his family … he took the opportunity to apologize 20 years later !!!” she wrote, also taking the time to throw shade at memoirs written by her then-estranged mother, Lynne Spears, and younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears at a time when she “couldn’t even get a cup of coffee or drive [her] car or really anything” due to the conservatorship.

In March 2022, People reported that the singer had signed a $15 million deal with Simon & Schuster for the tell-all.