Britney Spears released her bombshell memoir, The Woman in Me, to finally tell her story in her own words. The book, which came out October 24, delves into Britney’s relationships with ex Justin Timberlake and her estranged family, her short marriage to Jason Alexander, the conservatorship she was under for 13 years, and more. Britney is extremely raw in her book about everything that she’s been through. But her fans have one question: did she write it? Keep reading to find out if Britney was the author of The Woman in Me.
Did Britney Spears Write Her Book?
Technically, Britney Spears did not write her new memoir. Around the time that the book was finished, Page Six confirmed that Britney was working with ghostwriter Sam Lansky to publish the memoir. It’s not uncommon for celebrities to work with ghostwriters when they are coming out with a book.
Britney announced her memoir in July 2023, but she didn’t say anything about using a ghostwriter. “It’s coming…My story on my own terms at last. Are you ready?” she wrote on social media at the time. The press release for The Woman in Me said it’s “a brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith, and hope.” The book was acquired by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, for $15 million after a bidding war, reports say.
Who Is Britney’s Ghostwriter, Sam Lansky?
Sam Lansky is an American journalist and author. Sam has worked for major publications like Time magazine, New York magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire. He’s interviewed major stars like Adele, Madonna, Johnny Depp, Jamie Lee Curtis, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, and Bradley Cooper, according to The Independent.
In 2016, Sam published his own memoir, The Gilded Razor, with stories about his troubled childhood. He wrote about using drugs as a teenager which led to him going to rehab to get sober. In 2020, Sam released his first novel, Broken People, which initially began as a memoir loosely based on Sam’s life. Sam’s next novel, Close Friends, will be released in 2025, according to his website.
What Is Britney’s Memoir About?
There’s tons of bombshell revelations coming from Britney’s book. She takes readers through her relationship with Justin Timberlake and claims that she got an abortion when they were together. The “Hold Me Closer” singer also says that she and Justin cheated on each other when they were dating in the early 2000s. Britney also gets into her brief fling with Colin Farrell, kissing Madonna at the 2003 VMAs, drinking alcohol with her mom Lynne Spears before she was of age, being forced into rehab by her dad Jamie Spears during her Las Vegas residency, and more in her book.
Five days before The Woman in Me‘s release, Britney shared a message on Instagram and explained that the “purpose” of her memoir isn’t to “offend” people. The Grammy Award winner also insisted that she’s moved on from her past. “This is actually a book I didn’t know needed to be written …. although some might be offended, it has given me closure on all things for a better future !!!! Hopefully I can enlighten people who feel particularly alone in most cases or hurt or misunderstood !!!!” she said.
The Woman in Me is out now.