Solène Delinger / Photo credit: AFP 14:43 p.m., October 24, 2023

It's a book Britney Spears has dreamed of writing for years... Her shocking memoir entitled "The Woman in Me" ("The Woman in Me") comes out this Tuesday, October 24 in France and in twenty countries. A real event, because the singer is not only one of the most famous women on the planet, but also and above all the symbol of an entire era. Here's everything you need to know about his confidences.

His story has been told through all prisms for years... Britney Spears, a child star adored and then hypersexualized as a teenager, a singer with unforgettable hits sacrificed on the altar of fame, placed under conservatorship in 2008, then released 13 years later... A journey scrutinized by the world's media and analyzed by columnists, but never by Britney Spears herself. Silenced all her life, the singer finally tells herself, at 41, in her memoir The Woman in Me, available in France and twenty countries.

From her early days at the Mickey Mouse Club, to her relationship with Justin Timberlake, to her shaved head in 2007, to her conservatorship and pressure from her father Jamie Spears, Britney says absolutely everything. Her powerful and resolutely feminist story is that of a woman who never had the chance to become who she wanted to be, and who is now seeking to reinvent herself. Here's everything you need to know about his shocking book.

A childhood marked by the violence of his father Jamie Spears

Britney Spears grew up in a small house in Louisiana. His middle-class American family lives a seemingly peaceful life. But little Britney's daily life is already marked by violence. "When I was little, my mom and dad were fighting all the time. He was an alcoholic, so most of the time, at home, I was scared," the singer recalled in her memoir. She went on to call her father Jamie Spears a "cold" and even "mean" man who "abused their mother, even though he was more of the type to disappear from circulation for days." According to Britney, Jamie Spears drank to "forget the years of abuse he had put his father through." As a child, Britney had only one wish: "for her daddy to stop drinking, for her mom to stop screaming, for everyone to be okay."

The beginning of fame at the Mickey Mouse Club

Britney Spears discovered a passion for singing at a very early age, at the age of 3. "The first time I got emotional to the point of chills was when I heard our housekeeper singing in the laundry room," she says. After securing her first gig at age 4, for a Christmas gig at the nursery where her mother Lynne worked, Britney competed in singing competitions all over the region. It was in 1992 that his relentlessness paid off: little Britney, 11, was recruited by Disney to host Mickey Mouse Club with other children, including Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.