Britney Spears Says Dad Body-Shamed Her During Conservatorship: ‘He Repeatedly Told Me I Looked Fat’ (Exclusive)

The pop icon opens up about the alleged body-shaming she faced from Jamie Spears in her new memoir, ‘The Woman in Me’

Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears; Britney Spears

Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears; Britney Spears


Britney Spears spent years under dad Jamie’s watchful eye as part of her conservatorship — and now says that she was body-shamed during the difficult time.

In an excerpt from her highly anticipated new memoir The Woman in Me, shared exclusively with PEOPLE, Spears writes that she lost what little autonomy she had over her own body during the conservatorship and alleges that Jamie made hurtful comments about her weight.

“I’d been eyeballed so much growing up, I’d been looked up and down, had people telling me what they thought of my body, since I was a teenager. Shaving my head and acting out were my ways of pushing back,” she writes. “But under the conservatorship I was made to understand that those days were now over. I had to grow my hair out and get back into shape. I had to go to bed early and take whatever medication they told me to take.”

Spears, 41, continues: “If I thought getting criticized about my body in the press was bad, it hurt even more from my own father. He repeatedly told me I looked fat and that I was going to have to do something about it.”

britney spears 2003

Britney Spears in 2003. MARTIN SCHOELLER / AUGUST

The “Hold Me Closer” singer says she quickly lost the creative spark she’d had for singing and dancing, and blames Jamie, 71.

“Feeling like you’re never good enough is a soul-crushing state of being for a child,” she writes. “He’d drummed that message into me as a girl, and even after I’d accomplished so much, he was continuing to do that to me.”

Spears writes that living under the conservatorship made her a “robot,” and that she felt “stripped” of her womanhood.

“If they’d let me live my life, I know I would’ve followed my heart and come out of this the right way and worked it out,” she writes in the book. “Thirteen years went by with me feeling like a shadow of myself. I think back now on my father and his associates having control over my body and my money for that long and it makes me feel sick.”

Britney Spears's family: Jamie Spears, Bryan Spears, Jamie-Lynn Spears, Britney Spears and Lynne Spears 2003

The Spears family in 2003. KEVIN MAZUR ARCHIVE 1/WIREIMAGE

The Grammy winner was put under her conservatorship in 2008. Jamie was eventually removed from his role as Spears’s estate conservator in September 2021 after the singer’s lawyer asked the court to suspend him, and the entire conservatorship was eventually terminated that November.

Britney Spears PEOPLE exclusive

Britney Spears on the cover of PEOPLE. BRITNEY BRANDS

Though Spears has claimed that life under her father’s charge was a traumatic, controlling period, Jamie has repeatedly maintained that he was acting in his daughter’s best interest.

“I love my daughter with all my heart and soul,” he told the Daily Mail in a 2022 interview. “They’ve heard the allegations from Britney. I don’t mind taking that beating because I know it’s not true, and because I don’t want to start something else.”

Britney Spears, The Woman In Me Book Cover

Britney Spears’ The Woman in Me.

As for why now is the right time to tell her story, Spears tells PEOPLE in a new interview over email that upon leaving her conservatorship, she finally feels “free” to speak openly without fear of “consequences from the people in charge of my life.”

“It is finally time for me to raise my voice and speak out. And my fans deserve to hear it directly from me,” she adds. “No more conspiracy, no more lies — just me owning my past, present and future.”

The Woman in Me is available for pre-order. It will be released on Oct. 24 through Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.


Related Posts

Angelina Jolie confirms she will reprise her role as Maleficent in third installment of the Disney franchise… after hinting she wants to quit acting

Angelina Jolie will reprise the role of her villainous character in Disney’s Maleficent 3. The actress, 48, confirmed the news in a new profile with WSJ. Magazine,…

Bad Bunny says he’s not ‘used to his fame: ‘And maybe this is good’

The 27-year-old singer, whose real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, admits that he doesn’t “understand how people see” him, despite his mega success. “I still haven’t gotten used…

Fans Question Bruno Mars about Where He Had Been after He Trolls Artists over Grammy Snubs

A few days after “Just the Way You Are” crooner dropped a witty Grammy-related post on social media, fans have begun asking him when he would release…

Nick Cannon thinks Bruno Mars has more hits than Beyoncé and Taylor Swift

Beyonce and Bruno Mars performed together at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Nick Cannon thinks Bruno Mars has more hit songs than Beyoncé and Taylor Swift….

Janet Jackson Has Never Looked Better! See the Star’s Transformation Since the 1970s

Who couldn’t adore Janet Jackson?! The beloved “Rhythm Nation” singer has been making fans fall in love with her memorable music, dynamic dance moves and fly fashion ever…

Janet Jackson’s Staggering Net Worth Reflects Her Successful Career as an Entertainer

Janet Jackson’s Staggering Net Worth Reflects Her Successful Career as an Entertainer Many people know Janet Jackson as Michael Jackson‘s sister, but we assure you: she has made quite a…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *