Britney Spears, 40, revealed a painful experience she's kept hidden from the public for all these years. According to People, the pop star recalls when she fell pregnant with Justin Timberlake's baby in her upcoming memoir The Woman in Me.
The "Toxic" singer says she had an abortion because Timberlake wasn't sure about being a dad. She would have kept the baby if the choice had been "left up" to her alone. “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,” the pop star writes in her 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."
The duo met while filming The All-New Mickey Mouse Club in 1992. The couple began their romance in 1999 when Spears was only 17 and Timberlake was 18. They officially called it quits in 2002 due to their "conflicting schedules."
"If it had been left up to me alone, I never would have done it. And yet Justin was so sure that he didn’t want to be a father," Spears adds. The abortion is one of the most heartbreaking experiences the singer went through. “To this day, it’s one of the most agonizing things I have ever experienced in my life."
Before this revelation, Timberlake was reportedly "concerned" about his ex's forthcoming memoir. “He’s very curious what she’ll reveal from their relationship,” one source told Page Six. “It’s eating at him.” Is it possible he feels a deep sense of guilt? There are already fans coming to Spears's defense, saying that the former NSYNC member manipulated her into getting an abortion.
This is not the first time the Friends with Benefits star has faced backlash for how he purportedly treated Spears. Years ago, Timberlake came under fire for seemingly exploiting their breakup for his own gain by releasing his hit "Cry Me a River." The audience was also not pleased with how Timberlake shared private details about his relationship with interviewers, contributing to the public's negative perception of Spears.
Though the memoir puts Timberlake in a negative light, an insider tells the outlet that the memoir isn't trying to take anyone down. "This is Britney finally getting a chance to tell her empowering story,” the source said, “and it’s nothing more than that.”
Timberlake has yet to break his silence.
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