Britney Spears has dropped a bombshell.
In her upcoming memoir (“The Woman in Me”) the superstar musician reveals that she became pregnant with Justin Timberlake’s baby back when the singers dated as teenagers.
She did not carry it to term, however.
Spears had an abortion.
People Magazine has published an excerpt from the aforementioned book, which reveals this personal tidbit and which reads as follows:
“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.
“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.”
Spears and Timberlake met while cast members on the Mickey Mouse Club in the early 1990s.
They got together romantically in 1999, forming one of the most highly-publicized couples of that era before breaking up in 2002.
Timberlake eventually wrote a song titled “Cry Me a River” in which he implies that Spears broke his heart by cheating on him.
The solo artist is now married to Jessica Biel and shares two children with the actress, Silas, 8 and Phineas, 2.
For her part, Spears shares sons Sean, 18 and Jayden, 17, with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Britney later married Sam Asghari in June 2022 after five years of dating.
However, the fitness model filed for divorce from the singer in August after 14 months of marriage.
Timberlake has not yet commented on this abortion reveal, but Spears emphasizes in her memoir that she wanted to become a mother at the time:
“If it had been left up to me alone, I never would have [terminated the pregnancy]. And yet Justin was so sure that he didn’t want to be a father.”
Spears adds of her experience undergoing the abortion:
“To this day, it’s one of the most agonizing things I have ever experienced in my life.”
Spears will release her wildly-anticipated memoir on October 24, through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
We had previously been led to believe it would focus on her immediate family, specifically the ugly battles with father Jamie, under whose conservatorship Britney suffered for 13 years.
We’d have to imagine it will focus a great deal on that relationship, too.
But it’s now clear the pop sensation plans to take fans inside nearly all aspects of her much-scrutinized life.
The memoir promises reveal “for the first time her incredible journey (and) strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history,” according to a press release from Gallery Books.
It also says the singer’s book “illuminates the enduring power of music and love — and the importance of a woman telling her own story, on her own terms.”