Britney Spears’ autobiography is a real-life Southern Gothic tale. I was prepared for the sadness and the rage she rightfully expresses at her family and the various people who have let her down during her life. I was not expecting the generational trauma which explains a lot about her very dysfunctional family.
Her early years growing up in the South are glossed over a bit but Britney doesn’t hold back when it comes to discussing her opportunistic and controlling family. Always hardworking and professional, Britney continued to tour and perform even after her father (unlawfully in my opinion) placed her into a conservatorship. Her mother is portrayed as nothing but an opportunist and her sister, even worse.
Britney seems to be almost frozen in time emotionally as a teenager or young adult. What I found most disheartening is that she was always very creative and driven and seems to have now lost that drive after the conservatorship. (“𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘵,” she said of an early concert tour. “𝘍𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘥𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘦”.) Now, she is very anxious and nervous when she has to make public appearances. It’s no wonder that she did no press for this book!
It also struck me that Britney had her share of attorneys and advisors who did not have her best interests at heart. As well, a string of very public relationships and break-ups have left their mark on her. (“𝘐 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘶𝘱 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘑𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘤𝘦, 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘥𝘪𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯.”)
Michelle Williams is a fantastic narrator, capturing Britney’s breathless enthusiasm and passion.
I truly hope Britney can find some peace and happiness now that’s she out from under the rigid confines of the conservatorship.
About the Book:
The Woman in Me is a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope.
In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court. 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.
Written with remarkable candor and humor, Spears’s 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.