TW: This story includes sensitive topics related to abortion.
Britney Spears is bravely opening up about an intensely personal chapter of her life and relationship with Justin Timberlake that she’s kept hidden for 20 years.
In her upcoming memoir ‘The Woman in Me’, the 41-year-old pop icon reveals that when she and Justin Timberlake were an item, she became pregnant with his baby.
In her own words, Britney explains: “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.”
She adds: “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."
Britney ultimately had an abortion after Justin expressed his concerns about becoming a dad at such a young age.
"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.”
“To this day, it’s one of the most agonising things I have ever experienced in my life,” Britney wrote of her emotions surrounding the decision.
After her split from Justin in 2002, Britney became a loving mother to her two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Britney Spears' memoir lets us in on a glimpse of the personal struggles and journey Britney has faced through life. ‘The Woman in Me’ is set to release on October 24.
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