Britney Spears reveals she had an ABORTION with ex Justin Timberlake after getting pregnant at 19 – claims the ‘agonizing’ decision was made as boy band star ‘wasn’t ready to be a father’
- Spears writes in memoir The Woman In Me, set for release on October 24: ‘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’
- The pair dated from 1999-2002 – she later had two sons with Kevin Federline and Timberlake welcomed two sons with wife Jessica Biel
- READ MORE: Britney reveals why she shaved her head during 2007 meltdown
Britney Spears got pregnant by Justin Timberlake in 2000 with the singer undergoing an abortion because the N*Sync star ‘didn’t want to be a father.’
The Toxic hitmaker, 41, who dated Timberlake, 42, from 1999-2002, details the ‘agonizing’ decision to terminate the pregnancy in her upcoming memoir, The Woman In Me – after conceiving in late 2000 when the pair were both 19, DailyMail.com can confirm.
The star claimed while she wanted the baby and ‘dreamed of having a family’ with Timberlake, he ‘wasn’t ready’ for the responsibilities of parenthood and thought the pair were too young.
She writes in an excerpt obtained by People: ‘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.
‘He said we weren’t ready to have a baby in our lives, that we were way too young. I’m sure people will hate me for this, but I agreed not to have the baby.
‘I don’t know if that was the right decision. 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.’
Shock: Britney Spears got pregnant by Justin Timberlake in 2000 with the singer undergoing an abortion because the N*Sync star ‘didn’t want to be a father’ (pictured 2000)
Released October 24: The Toxic hitmaker, 41, who dated Timberlake, 42, from 1999-2002 , details the ‘agonizing’ decision to terminate the pregnancy in her upcoming memoir, The Woman In Me – after conceiving in late 2000 when the pair were both 19
The star said the abortion was ‘one of the most agonizing things I have ever experienced in my life’ in the memoir – set for release on October 24.
It was also claimed in the book Spears reveals she was raised ‘not to get an abortion’ due to religious reasons and what she had learned from her family, reports TMZ.
DailyMail.com has contacted representatives for Timberlake, Spears and Simon & Schuster for comment.
Spears would later welcome sons Sean Preston, 18, and Jayden, 17 with Kevin Federline while Timberlake shares sons Silas, eight and Phineas, two with wife Jessica Biel.
This comes amid claims Timberlake is ‘concerned’ over what ex Spears’ upcoming memoir – The Woman In Me – will reveal about their past romance, according to a new report,
The SexyBack hitmaker is said to be ‘very curious’ about the star’s memoir, which will be released on October 24.
A source told Page Six: ‘He’s very curious what she’ll reveal from their relationship. It’s eating at him.’
A publishing insider also denied the book was a ‘takedown’ of anyone, saying: ‘This is Britney finally getting a chance to tell her empowering story and it’s nothing more than that.’
Iconic romance: The star claimed while she wanted the baby and ‘dreamed of having a family’ with Timberlake, he ‘wasn’t ready’ for the responsibilities of parenthood (pictured 2001)
Happier times: They split abruptly in 2002 and rumors soon emerged that she’d cheated on him (pictured 2002)
Jibe: After the pair’s split, Timberlake’s albums and songs were promoted under the narrative that Spears broke his heart. In the music video for his 2002 hit Cry Me A River, he even used a Britney lookalike
Family: Timberlake shares sons Silas, eight and Phineas, two with wife Jessica Biel (pictured 2022)
Mom of two: Spears would later welcome sons Sean Preston, 18, and Jayden, 17 with Kevin Federline (pictured 2013)
Justin and Britney dated as teenagers after meeting at The Mickey Mouse Club and were an iconic star duo.
They split abruptly in 2002 and rumors soon emerged that she’d cheated on him.
His career soared. Albums and songs were promoted under the narrative that Spears broke his heart. In the music video for his 2002 hit Cry Me A River, he even used a Britney lookalike. Britney was vilified for their break-up.
In 2018 Timberlake said he was so emotional following his split from Spears that he unloaded his feelings by writing Cry Me a River in just two hours.
The former teen heartthrob’s hit song has long been rumored to be about the pop princess, following claims she cheated on him.
The star wrote of the breakup ballad: ‘I’ve been scorned. I’ve been p***ed off. The feelings I had were so strong I had to write it.
‘I translated my feelings into a form where people could listen and hopefully relate to it. People heard me and they understood it because we’ve all been there.’
Candid: The book will also go into detail about the longtime conservatorship Spears lived under that father Jamie Spears controlled from 2008 until 2021.
In 2021 Timberlake apologized to Spears for his past treatment of her
Timberlake didn’t mention Spears by name in his book but made clear he was a changed man, crediting wife Jessica and son Silas for his transformation, he wrote in Hindsight: And All The Things I Can’t See in Front of Me.
In the tome, Timberlake insisted his most defining moment has been becoming a father to son Silas, who was born in April of 2015, writing: ‘Having a child has been the pinnacle of my life.’
Timberlake writes when he first saw his son: ‘I had such intense feelings – nothing that I’ve ever experienced can compare to it.’
In 2021 Timberlake wrote in an open apology that he was ‘deeply sorry’ and would ‘take accountability’ admitting that he had ‘failed’ her, after their relationship came under fresh scrutiny following the release of documentaries looking into Spears’ conservatorship.
In a Instagram post, Timberlake said: ‘I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.’
Timberlake’s apology comes after he was tagged in social media posts about Spears and the campaign to release her from a conservatorship held by her father.
It has been highlighted in a documentary, Framing Britney Spears, which lays bare how Spears has, according to her fans, been exploited by the men in her life.
In a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer, Sawyer asked Spears: ‘He’s gone on television and pretty much said you broke his heart,you did something that caused him so much pain. What did you do?’
In an interview in 2002, Britney was asked by Diane Sawyer. ‘He’s gone on television and pretty much said you broke his heart, you did something that caused him so much pain. What did you do?’ She broke down in the interview after saying she was ‘hurt’
Crass: Timberlake didn’t shy away from speaking about their relationship post-split – in one example, he was asked: ‘I have to ask, did you f**k Britney Spears?’ He laughed, sighed, then said: ‘Oh man, OK I did it’ (pictured 2002)
Britney, then 21, replied: ‘We’re both really young. It was kind of waiting to happen. I will always love him.
‘Everyone has a side of their story and to make them feel a certain way, make them feel, you know… I’m not saying he’s wrong and I’m not saying he’s right either.’
Timberlake didn’t shy away from speaking about their interview. In one example, he was asked: ‘I have to ask, did you f**k Britney Spears?’
He laughed, sighed, then said: ‘Oh man, OK I did it’.
In an interview with The Telegraph in 2002, he also said: ‘The break-up was absolutely heartbreaking for me.
‘I can’t just have meaningless relationships with women. I have to find Miss Right in order to have a relationship. There’s got to be that big moment when she comes along.’
Spears’ book will also go into detail about the longtime conservatorship Spears lived under that father Jamie Spears controlled from 2008 until 2021.
The book’s summary reads: ‘A brave and astonishingly moving story about freedom, fame, motherhood, survival, faith and hope’.
Spears announced she was writing a book in February of 2022 in an Instagram post.
‘Well I’m writing a book at the moment and as it’s actually healing and therapeutic… it’s also hard bringing up past events in my life … I’ve never been able to express openly!!!’ she said.
The Toxic artist addressed fans on the status of the forthcoming tome, as well as the delays, via social media this past May.
‘I almost feel like my life in the business has always been that girl at school who was bullied and laughed at!!!’ she said. ‘But in my case there is no superior person to set it straight!!!’
She continued: ‘I think some people are wanting to hear my story … either through a book or what have you??? I’ve had to stop a couple of times!!! It may take me a year, maybe longer who knows … to share my story !!!’
Spears has hired Oscar-nominated actress, Michelle Williams, to narrate the audiobook for her upcoming memoir titled.
The Baby One More Time hitmaker, has recorded a small portion of the book and avoided narrating chapters discussing her family due to the content being ‘too painful to retell,’ TMZ recently reported.
In a statement published on Friday, the performer expressed, ‘This book has been a labor of love and all the emotions that come with it.’
Spears continued, ‘Reliving everything has been exciting, heart-wrenching, and emotional, to say the least. For those reasons, I will only be reading a small part of my audiobook.’
The star then gushed, ‘I am so grateful to the amazing Michelle Williams for reading the rest of it,’ with The Fabelmans actress, 43, also telling the outlet in support of the songstress, ‘I stand with Britney.’
Insiders also explained that the star chose to not narrate chapters that discuss her family ‘because she found them too painful to retell in her own words.’
Initially – the publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster – had aimed to get Legally Blonde actress Reese Witherspoon to take part in the audio recording of the book. However, she was not ‘available’ to take on the job.
In the past: Back in August, Spears’ husband Sam Asghari notably filed for divorce from Spears after a little over one year of marriage (pictured 2018)
Back in August, Spears’ husband Sam Asghari notably filed for divorce from Spears after a little over one year of marriage. He cited ‘irreconcilable differences’ as the reason for the split and is asking for spousal support from the performer, as well as coverage for his legal fees.
Due to an ‘iron-clad prenup,’ Sam will not profit on her upcoming memoir. He is mentioned in the book, but ‘not a lot,’ a source recently told DailyMail.com.
However, sources told TMZ that the singer made ‘some changes’ to the memoir following their separation.
When she spoke out about the divorce for the first time since the divorce news came to light, Britney admitted that she was ‘a little shocked’ but ‘couldn’t take the pain anymore…’
The star later expressed that she would focus on staying ‘strong’ and concluded with, ‘And I’m actually doing pretty d**n good!!! Anyways have a good day and don’t forget to smile!!!’
Asghari has previously claimed that Britney had gotten ‘physical’ with him on various occasions during the course of their relationship. The pair notably first met on set of her 2016 music video, Slumber Party.
Britney Spears’ love history: Justin Timberlake heartbreak, 55-hour Vegas marriage and toxic divorce and custody battle with K-Fed that ended in a 5150 psychiatric hold
Britney Spears joyously wed her longtime partner Sam Asghari last June after five years of dating, most of which occurred during her now terminated 13-year conservatorship.
But, just 14 months after tying the knot, Britney, 41, and Sam, 29, have split.
Below is a history of Britney’s relationships going back to her earliest days as a rising performer.
Britney Spears joyously wed her longtime partner Sam Asghari last June after five years of dating, most of which occurred during her now terminated 13-year conservatorship. But, just 14 months after tying the knot, Britney, 41, and Sam, 29, have split; seen in 2019
Donald ‘Reg’ Jones (1995–1997)
Britney got her first official boyfriend, Reg Jones, when she was only 14 and he was 17.
In Lynne Spears’ 2008 memoir Through The Storm, Britney’s mother claimed that it was actually Jones whom her daughter lost her virginity to, not her future boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
In 2001, Jones put up two letter than the singer had written him while she was a teen, include one in which she broke up with him.
Justin Timberlake (1998–2002)
Britney’s first serious relationship was with her former Mickey Mouse Club costar Justin Timberlake, who was then part of NSYNC.
Following their 2002 split, the singer publicly blamed Spears for their break up and used his ‘heartbreak’ to promote his music. A lookalike actress was also used to represent Spears in his video for Cry Me A River, which fans took to be a breakup song about their relationship.
Timberlake later wrote in an open apology that he was ‘deeply sorry’ and would ‘take accountability’ admitting that he had ‘failed’ her, after their relationship came under fresh scrutiny following the release of documentaries looking into Spears’ conservatorship.
Big love: Britney’s first serious relationship was with her former Mickey Mouse Club costar Justin Timberlake. Last year, he wrote a public apology after fans were outraged at how the breakup was portrayed in multiple documentaries (pictured 2001)
Wade Robson (2002)
The Toxic singer reportedly moved on in the wake of her split from Timberlake with choreographer Wade Robson, who worked for both her and Justin’s group NSYNC.
Although it was never been confirmed by any of the trio, at the time it was rumoured that Wade was the real reason for the Justin and Britney split.
Yet their relationship was short lived and Britney and Wade had split within the year.
Dancer: The Toxic singer reportedly moved on in the wake of her split from Timberlake with choreographer Wade Robson, who worked for both her and Justin’s group NSYNC. Their relationship ended within the year; seen in 2001
Fred Durst (2003)
After the breakup with Robson, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst claimed that he dated Britney, though she denied that they ever had a relationship.
The couple spent time together when working on songs for Britney’s new album.
‘It just became a fiasco of madness,’ Durst told MTV of the alleged breakup. ‘[But] I always stay true to my heart and true to everything I did and my intentions, and I am in no way a liar.’
Conflicting statements: After the breakup with Robson, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst (pictured in 2003) claimed that he dated Britney, though she denied that they ever had a relationship; seen in 2019
Jared Leto (2003)
Britney was also rumored around this time to have dated Jared Leto, but he never confirmed the alleged romance and she denied that they were eve ran item.
After they were seen together, she said they were just ‘really good friends.’
The dating rumours started after fans theorised that Spears had gone after Leto because he was Cameron Diaz’s ex and Diaz, at the time, was dating Spears’ ex Timberlake.
Rumors: Around 2003, Britney was rumored to be dating Jared Leto (pictured in 2003) after they were seen together, but he never confirmed it and she denied it; seen in March in Austin, TX
Colin Farrell (2003)
There was clearly something going on between Britney and actor Colin Farrell in 2003, when they were seen kissing at the premiere of his film The Recruit, where they also walked the red carpet.
However, he shrugged the affectionate display off and said he was ‘just a 26-year-old guy who’s single and having a good time.’
While their fling may only have lasted a week, Farrell memorialized their relationship by sending Spears a shirt that read: ‘I slept with Colin Farrell and all I got was this lousy T-shirt.’
Nothing to see here: Colin Farrell and Britney were seen kissing in 2003 at the premiere of his film The Recruit, but he denied there was anything serious going on between them
Columbus Short (2003)
Britney dated within her own organization when she hooked up with her backup dance Columbus Short in 2003.
Short, who subsequently starred on Scandal, later claimed that he overheard Spears’ parents Lynne and Jamie Spears refer to him by the N-word when she was on speaker phone with them, though he didn’t specify who said it and they both denied using the word.
Columbus claimed to have only had sex with her once, and he claimed he was fired after he failed to reciprocate her affections.
Offensive language: Britney began dating her backup dance Columbus Short in 2003. He claimed he overheard one of her parents refer to him by the N-word, though both denied the incident
Jason Alexander (2004)
Britney’s first (brief) marriage was to Jason Alexander, who had been her friend since childhood. He ended up crashing her wedding to Sam on the morning of the nuptials.
The couple tied the knot on a whim in the early morning hours on January 3, 2004 during a ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada. They were both 22 years old at the time.
Their marriage was annulled 55 hours later, which Alexander later claimed was forced by Britney’s mother, Lynne, and Britney’s management. Following the annulment, Spears said in an interview: ‘It was me being silly, being rebellious.’
Quick turnaround: Britney’s first (brief) marriage was to Jason Alexander, who had been her friend since childhood. They eloped in Las Vegas at the Little White Wedding Chapel, but they famously got the union annulled after just 55 hours
Yet 18 years after their union it seems Alexander hasn’t lost his feelings for Spears, as just hours before she was was due to marry her long-term partner Sam Asghari, 28, at her home Alexander broke onto the premises to crash the wedding.
Britney’s first husband Jason Alexander has been booked in to jail after dramatically livestreaming himself crashing her wedding at her Thousand Oaks mansion.
Jason is now in the custody of the Ventura Sheriff’s Department having been charged with trespassing, vandalism and two batteries after a couple of altercations with Britney’s security guards.
Minutes before he was apprehended, Alexander managed to broadcast himself on Instagram as he ran through hillside trails, as he approached the rear of Spears’ home.
Chaos: While the celebrity guests seemed in good spirits, the wedding got off to fraught start when Britney’s ex-husband Jason Alexander was arrested for trespassing
The 40-year-old was easily able to scale a fence, descend a rocky hillside and slip inside the wedding venue, all-the-while telling security exactly who he was, and why he was there – just hours before the fairytale ceremony got underway.
Alexander’s arrest is the third arrest in 13 months. Police sources revealed he also has a felony warrant for larceny in another county.
He was last in police custody for driving under the influence in January 2021 and breaking security protocols at an airport in August. Alexander was also arrested previously for violating an order of protection and stalking an unidentified woman in December 2021.
On Thursday night, Spears’ attorney revealed he was ‘absolutely livid’ after Alexander crashed the pop star’s wedding venue and demanded he be locked up.
Kevin Federline (2004–2007)
The songstress’ next relationship also resulted in a marriage.
Britney and Kevin Federline, a backup dancer, would go on to share her two sons: Sean, 16, and Jayden, 15.
The couple divorced in 2007, and it was her struggles with custody that factored into the creation of her conservatorship.
In January 2008, she locked herself in a bathroom with the children when it was time to return them to their father. The police were subsequently called, and Spears was put on a 5150 psychiatric hold.
Marriage no. 2: Spears was married to her second husband Kevin Federline from 2004–2007. In January 2008, she was put on a psychiatric hold after refusing to return their sons Sean and Jayden to him (pictured in 2005)
J. R. Rotem (2007)
Spears hit the dating scene quickly following her divorce when she got together with the music producer J. R. Rotem, who produced her song Everybody.
Following their fling, Rotem shocked with a graphic kiss and tell interview, crudely announcing ‘I f**ked Britney wheelbarrow style – It was tractor style.’
Reflecting on their union, Rotem later said: ‘It was kind of a stupid phase I was going through, where I wouldn’t say that I was being a bad person but I would say that I was being not very genuine to who I am and what it is that I’m supposed to do.’
Passing through: Britney hit the dating scene quickly following her divorce when she got together with the music producer J. R. Rotem, though the relationship appears to have been short-lived
Isaac Cohen (2007)
In the same year as her fling with Rotem, Spears began dating male model Isaac Cohen.
At the time, her fans noted that Cohen noted only looked like her ex-husband Kevin, but he even favored similar clothing to the dancer.
Their breakup was described as ‘amicable,’ and Cohen later said of their relationship: ‘By the time I met Britney she was burnt out. She knew she had been drinking and partying as a way to try to banish the bad stuff from her life.
‘Far from the trashy drunk, I saw a very shy, sweet girl who was just desperately sad about what had happened with her marriage.’
Lookalike: In the same year as her fling with Rotem, Spears began dating male model Isaac Cohen. At the time, her fans noted that Cohen noted only looked like her ex-husband K Fed, but he even favored similar clothing to the dancer
Howie Day (2007)
Britney reportedly met the singer–songwriter Howie Day while both were at the Promises rehab center in Malibu.
Life & Style reported at the time that Britney’s mother Lynne was concerned about the relationship, which didn’t last long.
Spears’ second husband K Fed also didn’t approve of the relationship, branding Day ‘trash,’ and adding that Britney had to ‘head to the dump’ to meet Day while in rehab.
Rehab relationship: Britney reportedly met the singer–songwriter Howie Day (pictured in 2005) while both were at the Promises rehab center in Malibu; seen in 2016 in LA
Adnan Ghalib (2007–2008)
The pop star shocked her fans and family when she began dating the paparazzo Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite the fact that he had long been on her tail hunting for the perfect photo.
Ghalib claimed in 2008 that he had a sex tape featuring Spears in an apparent bid to shop it around, though he later claimed his statements were fabricated, according to The Daily Beast.
Britney’s father Jamie successful won a restraining order to keep Ghalib away from his daughter by claiming that the photographer alerted paparazzi to Britney’s whereabouts and then got a fee from them.
Shocker: The pop star surprised fans and family when she began dating the paparazzo Adnan Ghalib in 2007, despite the fact that he had long been on her tail hunting for the perfect photo
Jason Trawick (2009–2013)
One of Spears’ longest relationship was with her former agent, Jason Trawick.
In 2021, rumors spread claiming the two had secretly married and then divorce in 2012 after records showing her conservatorship put a lawyer on retainer shortly before their 2013 breakup.
However, Trawick denied that they were ever married, and no marriage license — or divorce — was ever filed.
Steady: One of Spears’ longest relationship was with her former agent, Jason Trawick. Last year, rumors emerged that they had gotten married and divorce in 2012, but a marriage license was never filed (pictured in 2012)
David Lucado (2013–2014)
Britney and David Lucado began dating shortly after her split from Trawick, though the relationship only lasted about a year.
According to TMZ, Britney dumped Lucado after she discovered a video showing Lucado ‘making out with a woman and dancing with her.’
Lucado didn’t take the split well, with a representative telling TMZ: ‘David is very, very in love with Britney. This is unfortunate and he hopes that it all works out.’
That was fast: Britney and David Lucado began dating shortly after her split from Trawick, though the relationship only lasted about a year (pictured in 2014)
Charlie Ebsersol (2014–2015)
Spears continued to date within the entertainment industry, though her new boyfriend Charlie Ebersol was a film and television producer.
Speaking about their romance Spears said at the time: ‘I thought he was really adorable and she said he was good to people, so I went for it… There was something about him that made me feel really peaceful and at ease.’
Sources claimed to Hollywood Life after their breakup that the two separated after Britney’s father Jamie suggested he wasn’t a good match for her.
Exes: Britney continued to date within the entertainment industry, though her new boyfriend Charlie Ebersol was a film and television producer (pictured in 2015)
Sam Asghari (2016–2023)
Sam Asghari, an aspiring actor, has been by the pop star’s side since 2016, making their relationship her longest to date.
She met Sam in 2016 when he appeared in her Slumber Party music video, and the two quickly hit it off after that.
They went Instagram official in January 2017, and Sam was by her side amid the battle to end her long-running conservatorship.
Spears announced their engagement on September 12, 2021, and she followed the good news up by having her conservatorship terminated in November of that year.
In April 2022, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together, but Britney revealed just a month later that she had suffered a miscarriage.
‘Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along however we were overly excited to share the good news,’ she wrote on Instagram.
They married on June 9 2022 at her Thousand Oaks home in a ceremony attended by Madonna.
The pair’s split was revealed in August 2023.
Love of her life: Britney had been with Sam since 2016, when he appeared in her Slumber Party video. They got engaged in September 2021 and announced her pregnancy in April 2022, before she suffered a miscarriage in May
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