Britney Spears Writing Her Book
On Monday, pop star Britney Spears confirmed the news in an Instagram post, revealing how "healing" yet tough the writing process has been.
“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 myself openly,” Spears wrote on Instagram. “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 !!!”
Spears didn't give any additional details regarding the book, such as a publishing date or confirmation that it had been picked up by a publisher.
After various publications claimed in February that Spears had acquired a book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster, Spears made her first comment about authoring a book. The contract, which was first reported by Page Six, is estimated to be valued up to $15 million and was the product of a bidding battle between numerous publishers. In the book, Spears is reported to be documenting both her professional and personal lives.
"I'm buying the first copy," wrote Spears' fiancé, Sam Asghari, in response to her post.
Later in her post , Spears highlighted Justin Timberlake, with whom she had a high-profile relationship, and apologized to him and Janet Jackson for the backlash he experienced following the release of “The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears”.
When comparing her mother Lynne and sister Jamie Lynn, both of whom have written and published books, Spears used Timberlake as an example. "My mother and sister indulged in the 'intellectual approach' by writing their own books as I couldn't even get a cup of coffee, let alone drive my car," she wrote.
Spears' book agreement was announced shortly after her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, published her memoir, Things I Should Have Said. While Jamie Lynn promoted her memoir, Britney Spears and her younger sister engaged in a public fight, with Britney accusing Jamie Lynn of inventing false accusations about her in interviews in order to sell copies of her book. Meanwhile, Lynne Spears co-wrote Through The Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World with Lorilee Craker, in which she reflected on her divorce from Jamie Spears and her daughters' rise to fame and prominence. The memoir was released in September 2008, the same year that Spears was placed under conservatorship.
Spears stated why she openly posts stories on her Instagram and addressed her sister's book after reflecting on how and why she's felt like she's "never felt heard" by her family.
“So sorry if I’ve offended anyone by writing these stories … but just as my sister can legally mention my name in her book over 200 times … cry on TV … and get a heartfelt ‘awww’ from most … I also have the right to share a couple of paragraphs on my Instagram … Anyways, Godspeed my friends,” she said as she ended her message.