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LIFE UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT: Britney Spears' memoir "The Woman in Me," offers a candid glimpse into the life of one of America's most scrutinised figures, shedding light on her formative years, meteoric rise to stardom, tumultuous marriages, personal struggles, the nearly 14-year conservatorship, and even an incident involving a security guard. Following are some of the striking revelations in the book, based on an advanced copy obtained by the Associated Press.
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THE TIMBERLAKE YEARS, INFIDELITY, ABORTION: Britney and Justin Timberlake's relationship was a facade of purity. While rumours swirled about infidelity, Britney admits she only strayed once with choreographer Wade Robson. She candidly shares her experience of pregnancy during their relationship and the painful decision to have an abortion, revealing the emotional turmoil and the physical agony of the procedure. Above: With Justin Timberlake.
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MAGICAL MUSICAL MOMENTS: Spears discloses the inspiration behind her hit debut song, "...Baby One More Time," which was influenced by Soft Cell's "Tainted Love." She meticulously crafted her voice's distinctive tone for the recording. The concept for the iconic music video was her idea, bucking convention and opting for a school-themed setting.
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HEARTBREAK: Justin Timberlake's breakup text while working on his solo debut album, "Justified," marked the end of their relationship. Spears found herself isolated and grappling with social anxiety. A visit from Madonna led to their famous 2003 MTV Video Music Awards kiss. Above: With Justin Timberlake.
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MOTHERHOOD, MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES: After marrying Kevin Federline in 2004 and having two sons, she faced perinatal depression while living under the scrutiny of paparazzi. Above: With Madonna.
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CUSTODY STANDOFF: A dramatic incident in 2008 involved a SWAT team forcibly entering a bathroom while Britney held her 16-month-old son Jayden, which contributed to the establishment of a conservatorship. Britney's paranoia about her children's safety played a significant role. Above: With Kevin Federline.
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THE SHAVED HEAD: Britney reveals her head-shaving episode was an act of rebellion against the media and her family's expectations. She felt "out of her mind with grief" over the custody battle. She describes the infamous umbrella attack on a photographer's car as a desperate response to relentless provocation.
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HER FATHER TAKES CONTROL: Following the court-ordered conservatorship in 2008, Britney's father exerted control over her life decisions and finances. He even forced her to break up with a photographer she was dating. She alleges that her father prioritized financial gain, imposing strict dietary restrictions on her while paying himself generously.
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