Britney Spears is opening up about a traumatic situation she has kept hidden for the past 20 years. The pop star says in her new memoir, The Woman in me that when dating Justin Timberlake, she fell pregnant with his child but had an abortion, PEOPLE confirms. Britney Spears Justin Timberlake
“It was a surprise, but for me, it wasn’t a tragedy. I loved Justin so much. I always expected us to have a family together one day. This would just be much earlier than I’d anticipated,” Spears, now 41, writes of the pregnancy in the book. “But Justin definitely wasn’t happy about the pregnancy. He said we weren’t ready to have a baby in our lives, that we were way too young.”
Timberlake’s representative did not immediately reply to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
“If It Had Been Left Up to Me Alone,” She Says in The Book
“If it had been left up to me alone,” she says in the book I never would have done it. Despite this, Justin was adamant that he didn’t want to be a father”
Spears says of her abortion experience, “To this day, it’s one of the most agonizing things I have ever experienced in my life.”
After her divorce from Timberlake in 2002, Spears went on to have two boys with her second husband, Kevin Federline: Sean Preston, 18, and Jayden James, 17.
Spears’ much-anticipated memoir will be released on October 24 by Gallery Books, a Simon & Schuster division. Britney Spears Justin Timberlake
The Memoir Comes Nearly Two Years After Spears Was Released from A 13-Year-Long Court-Ordered Conservatorship
The memoir comes nearly two years after Spears was released from a 13-year-long court-ordered conservatorship. After Spears delivered passionate public evidence in court in June 2021, the conservatorship was revoked in November 2021. Britney Spears Justin Timberlake.