Britney Spears' Unwanted Abortion Is a Common Experience

David C. Reardon
March 23, 2024
Reproduced with Permission

In her new autobiography, The Woman in Me, Britney Spears reveals that she had an unwanted abortion while in a relationship with Justin Timerberlake. Writing about the pregnancy, she says:

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. . . . 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.

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 agonizing things I have ever experienced in my life.

The revelation exposes the heartwrenching meaning previosly hidden in Spears' music video Everytime. A refrain in the lyrics "I guess I need you, baby" was widely interpreted when the song was released as referring to her missing and needing her ex-boyfriend, Timberlake. But with the revelation of her unwanted abortion, the video is clearly to her grieving the loss of their baby.

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