The pop megastar, now 41, claimed in her new autobiography The Woman in Me that her father, Jamie Spears, allowed her to eat “almost nothing but chicken and canned vegetables” for two years.
“No matter how much I dieted and exercised, my father was always telling me I was fat. He put me on a strict diet. The irony was that we had a butler — an extravagance — and I would beg him for real food,” Spears wrote in her memoir.
She would ask him to “sneak a hamburger or ice cream” to her, the “Lucky” singer explained, but he couldn’t as he had “strict orders” from her father.
“So for two years, I ate almost nothing but chicken and canned vegetables,” she wrote, before noting that “two years is a long time to not be able to eat what you want, especially when it’s your body and your work and your soul making the money that everyone’s living off of.”
“I found it so degrading,” she added.
Jamie, who is currently 71 years old, has consistently argued that he was acting in his daughter’s best interest, despite Spears’ claims that her time living under her father’s supervision was a painful, controlling time.
“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.”
When The Woman in Me, her first memoir was formally released on Tuesday, Spears thanked her followers on social media and declared that the book had already become a historic hit.
“It’s happening ✨🤓📖 !!! My book is the highest selling celebrity memoir in history and it’s only day 1 !!!” her Instagram post caption began. “Thank you to the fans who have been so supportive !!! Love you all 🌹 !!! #TheWomanInMe @gallerybooks @simonandschuster.”
The caption was posted alongside a photo of her book’s cover, along with the words, “My story. On my terms. At last,” accompanied by a promotional video.
In the days preceding up to the book’s release, Spears stated in a separate Instagram post that she didn’t write her memoir to “offend” anyone.
“My book’s purpose was not to offend anyone by any means,” she wrote in a note posted last week. “That was me then… that is in the past!!!”
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Spears pointed out that most of what she writes about in the book occurred 20 years ago.
“I have moved on and it’s a beautiful clean slate from here,” she wrote. “I am here to establish it that way for the rest of my entire life!!! Either way, that is the last of it and s— happens!!”
She got “closure” in writing her book, according to the pop icon.
“Hopefully I can enlighten people who feel particularly alone in most cases or hurt or misunderstood,” the “Toxic” singer explained. “Again my motive for this book was not to harp on my past experiences…”