Thursday 7 December 2023

The Woman in Me by Britney Spears

The Woman in MeThe Woman in Me by Britney Spears
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 288

Publisher - Gallery books

Source - Bought

Blurb from Goodreads

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.

My Review

I don't think there is a single person on the planet who doesn't know the name Britney Spears, be it as a fan or just from some of the many many stories in the news over the years. I have never been a huge fan of any celebrity, like worship wise I mean however I do enjoy songs and *gasp* even made it to a handful of concerts (not any of Britney's though).

I grew up when her, NSync, Backstreet boys etc where topping the charts so a lot of the book I could relate to (I don't think relate is the right word but I was like yeah I remember that ie Justin's revenge song). We go back to when Britney was a kid, growing up, exposure to fame and how it all kicked off and through her career. Everyone knew her and Justin where a couple, they broke up, she broke his heart by cheating, his revenge song etc but reading the book we get a very different version of what went on.

I think the reason people have responded so visceral to some of the book is because Britney was crucified by the press, fans of both Britney and Justin when it was marketed as him being heartbroken. We have all had our hearts broken at some point and to realise how manipulative it was and one sided, I think people feel bad. Like you see it now trolls and people can be brutal about anything celeb (or even Joe public) like everyone has an opinion on everything and often it is strong. So to get a glimpse that actually he wasn't as innocent/clean cut as we were made to believe and Britney wasn't the *tramp/heartbreaker she was made out to be - it sparked big reactions from people let alone fans.

After reading about Kevin, the kids and her family, oh my God her family - that girl needs a hug. Like you see it all the time when folk get famous everyone sells them out, it must be so lonely. Yet not only did this happen but her family used her, stole her money under the guise of conservership and the level of abuse because they had so much power, thirteen years that lasted. It boggles the mind and I genuinely think they deserve to see court/jail time for what they did. Do I think she is an angel? No but there is no denying having someone exploit you, blackmail you, spend your hard earned cash whilst you can't even choose to refuse a dance move in your tour, ugh. Everyone has at least one toxic person in their family but imagine that and millions of pounds up for grabs at the expense of your health/freedom, it is truly shocking. I think the other thing (and I don't have kids) when she talks about what happened with the kids, no wonder she shaved all her hair off. Who was looking out for her? The amount of celebs who have had a bad end because people didn't do what was best for the person for fear of being cut off, imagine the other end, they have full control of the person and substantial ability to abuse/spend their finances. Ugh, it is shocking, I hope karma catches up with all those who did her dirty and that she finds some peace/happiness but how could you ever trust anyone again, it is just so so sad, 4/5 from me.

Also, with all the scandal and revelations it makes me wonder what didn't make the book when you think of all the explosive stuff that did!

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