The Y2K era was iconic. The year 2007 was filled with buzz. It was the year when Apple released their first iPhone, Paris Hilton walked out of prison after serving 23 days for violating probation and driving with a suspended license and the Potter fans swamped the bookstores to buy the newly released Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book. But what caught the media’s rapid attention and later became a popular topic of discussion was Britney Spears shaving her head at a California salon.
Spears is undoubtedly an icon in pop culture. With her 1998 debut, Hit me baby one more time, the star was set to take the industry by storm. Being under the media’s watch for years now, it’s not a new revelation that Spears was fighting her own battle secretly.
The pop icon will be releasing a tell-all memoir, sharing her side of the story after being under a conservatorship for 13 years. She has reportedly signed a 15 Million dollar deal with publisher Simon & Schuster. The book will cover her professional and private life.
Living a dual and false life for 13 years, Britney has been emancipated now. Here’s what we can expect to read in her memoir.
Father, Rehab, and Conservatorship
James Parnell Spears or Jamie Spears, Spears’ father, has been her conservator for over 13 years. Post her head-shaving and public “mental breakdown”, the 26-year-old singer was forcefully taken to a mental facility, and classified as disabled. Jamie Spears was granted a temporary conservatorship, holding her money, medical and career matters. This temporary order later turned into a decade long act.
Free Britney campaign
In 2009, fans started #FreeBritney movement, aiming to bring the singer’s issues to immediate attention. Along with her fans, celebrities also showed support for Britney. Miley Cyrus publicly chanted “free Britney” during her Las Vegas concert.
The movement played a major role in the conservatorship, bringing each minor aspect into the public’s eye. In 2019, the movement takes another massive turn when the singer cancels her Vegas show. It was brought to light later that Spears was kept hostage unwillingly. Post this, Twitter and TikTok go into a frenzy, looking for very minor evidence in the singer’s Instagram post. This movement also brought thousands of people together to the court’s conservatorship hearing to witness the singer’s emancipation from her father’s will publicly.
Relationship in public
Britney’s infamous relationship with Justin Timberlake floated in the media every day. Their 2001 AMA’s full denim matching outfit is still a relevant topic in the fashion arena. Their 3-year long relationship ended in 2002. Rumors were that Spears cheated on Timberlake. The allegations found a strong base among media when Timberlake released What goes around comes out music video starring an actor replicating Spears. Britney’s 55-day marriage with Jason Alexander. The media also caught up with news about her first and second child with her then-husband Kevin Federline.
Paparazzi and children
It’s not wrong to say the paparazzi culture invaded some of Britney’s private moments. The obsession of the paparazzi with Spears was growing each day. They caught her driving away carelessly with her child on her lap. The media questioned her parenting and tagged her as a negligent mother.
Spears has been in the industry for 30 years, and the media has seen her in her highs and her lows. Her music career, friends’ take on her conservatorship, and her forced sterilization could also be the potential topic the singer could touch down in her memoir.