Britney Spears has sealed a ‘record-breaking’ publishing deal worth $15 million for a tell-all memoir, Page Six first reported.
The deal, signed with publishing house Simon & Schuster, comes three months after a judge terminated Britney’s 14-year conservatorship put in place by her father, Jamie Spears.
The ‘Toxic’ singer will reportedly reveal details on her life, career, and controversial personal life in the book – for the rights of which multiple publishers went into a bidding war. According to an insider at Simon & Schuster, “the deal is one of the biggest of all time, behind the Obamas”. The president and first lady had signed a deal worth an estimated US$65 million to write books for Penguin Random House in 2017.
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The conservatorship, which prevented Britney from making decisions for her own life or finances, was put into place in 2007 after a period of mental illness for the pop star. When rumours spread that she was being held against her will, the #FreeBritney movement was initiated.
Spears gave a public testimony for the first time in 2021, detailing to a judge that she had been forced to work despite asking for breaks, and that she had no control over her finances. She even revealed that she had been barred from removing her birth control despite wanting to have a child, according to a Guardian report.
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“I’ve been in shock. I am traumatised. I just want my life back,” she had said.
After the singer won her case, she said that she believed her family members should be “in jail” for the “demoralising and degrading” treatment meted out to her.
It is believed that the 40-year-old was pushed to write the memoir after her younger sister Jamie Lynn ‘false claims’ about her mental health while promoting her own book.
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Britney had written about Jamie’s book on Instagram, “Congrats best seller…..The nerve of you to sell a book now and talk s—t but your f—king lying…..I wish you would take a lie detector test so all these masses of people see you’re lying through your teeth about me !!!! I wish the almighty, Lord would could come down and show this whole world that you’re lying and making money off of me !!!! You are scum, Jamie Lynn.”
Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart had also issued a cease-and-desist to Jamie, pointing that Britney will “no longer be bullied” by her family.
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“Although Britney has not read and does not intend to read your book, she and millions of her fans were shocked to see how you have exploited her for monetary gain. She will not tolerate it, nor should she,” the letter read, according to the Page Six report.
Britney also wrote on social media that she had a lot to say about her family and relatives who remained quiet while she endured the conditions of her conservatorship. “Lord have mercy on my family’s souls if I ever do an interview,” she had said.