At long last the wait is over – Britney Spears’ new memoir The Woman In Me is here.
Hot off the press, the greatly anticipated memoir had seen fans feverishly devouring their copy.
In a heartwarming section Britney has explored her connection with the LGBTQIA+ community.
“For me, it’s all about love – unconditional love,” Britney wrote. “My gay friends were always protective of me, maybe because they knew that I was kind of innocent.
“Not dumb, but way too kind. And I think a lot of the gay guys around me took on a supportive role. I could even feel it onstage when they were beside me.
“If I thought I didn’t do my best performance, I could count on my friends to realise I didn’t feel great about it and still say, “You did so good!” That kind of love means everything to me.”
Britney then shares her “favourite nights out” are at gay bars: “One time in Europe we went to a gay club where I felt like everyone around me on the dance floor was so tall. The club played great electro music and I loved it. I danced until six o’clock in the morning and felt like it went by in two seconds.
“My heart was so alive. It was like the mystical time in Arizona – it was a spiritual experience to be with people who I could feel loved me unconditionally. With friends like that, it doesn’t matter what you do or say or why you know. That’s true love.”
Britney recalled a night in Italy when she went to a “showcase where some drag artists were doing my songs. It was so amazing. The artists were beautiful. They were living in the moment and I could tell they loved to perform. They had such heart and drive, and I respect that a lot”.
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This is not the first time that Britney has spoken out in support of the LGBTQIA+ community. Across her acclaimed 20 year career, she has continued to advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and voice her support. In 2020 she posted a heartfelt Instagram video.
“To all my friends at the LGBTQ community, happy Pride Month!” she says in the clip. “You guys bring so much hard passion and articulate everything you do. Because of you, I’ve had the best nights of my life.”
Britney continued to say that she loves LGBTQIA+ people “so much it hurts” before she’s hilariously interrupted by her now ex-husband Sam Asghari, who can be heard in the background shouting, “GO LGBTQ!”
The ‘Toxic’ singer has released her memoir after her 13 year conservatorship, which ended in 2021.
Speaking on her life under the conservatorship in The Woman In Me, she added: “The conservatorship stripped me of my womanhood, made me into a child. I became more of an entity than a person onstage. I had always felt music in my bones and my blood; they stole that from me.”
The news of the release of The Woman In Me came in July. “It’s coming… My story. On my terms. At last. Are you ready?” she revealed in a video on her Instagram.
In a statement to PEOPLE, Britney revealed that she would only be narrating the introduction portion of the book and explained the cathartic process of writing her book.
“This book has been a labor of love and all the emotions that come with it. Reliving everything has been exciting, heart-wrenching, and emotional, to say the least,” she explained. “For those reasons, I will only be reading a small part of my audiobook.”
While Britney is set to take a backseat for the audiobook recording, she did reveal that Michelle Williams would be stepping in as its overall narrator.
Just three days before the release of the book Britney released a statement on Instagram to say: “My book’s purpose was not to offend anyone by any means. That was me then … that is in the past. I don’t like the headlines I am reading … that’s exactly why I quit the business four years ago.
“I have moved on and it’s a beautiful clean slate from here. I am here to establish it that way for the rest of my entire life. Either way, that is the last of it and shit happens. This is actually a book I didn’t know needed to be written …
“Although some might be offended, it has given me closure on all things for a better future. Hopefully I can enlighten people who feel particularly alone in most cases or hurt or misunderstood.”
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The Woman In Me is available now.