Britney Spears reveals why she shaved her head in 2007

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In her highly anticipated memoir, “The Woman in Me,” which comes out this Tuesday, October 24, Britney Spears tells her love stories and her guardianship. She also gives the reasons which pushed her to shave her head.

Who doesn’t remember it? It is undoubtedly one of the most significant events on the celebrity planet. In 2007, Britney Spears is the hottest celebrity. Morning, noon and evening, the “Gimme More” star is stalked by hundreds of paparazzi. His life is hell. One day, she decides, under the flashes of the latter, to shave her entire head in a neighborhood hair salon. The images are going around the world. It’s the shock. Britney Spears abandons her blonde mane with clippers.

The American singer is not only on the verge of collapse but also mocked by the press. His action is mocked and his mental health is not taken seriously. As a reminder, Britney Spears was, for years, considered “the bride of America”. Her virginity was an obsession and regularly covered by journalists. In addition, his physique was constantly scrutinized.

Britney Spears comes out of silence

After 13 years of silence, Britney Spears finally decides to give her version of the facts and speak out about this event. In her memoir, “The Woman in Me”, released this Tuesday, October 24, 2023, she reveals: “ I was stared at so much growing up. I’ve been looked at up and down, people telling me what they think of my body since I was a teenager. Shaving my head and taking action was my way of asserting myself and pushing back against all that. ». With this strong gesture, the star reclaims her body and gets rid of the injunctions linked to the standard of feminine beauty.

Following this brutal event, the singer is placed under the guardianship of her father, Jamie Spears, who will deprive her of her independence and the money she earned after the sale of her millions of albums. I was made to understand that those days were now over. I had to let my hair grow and get back into shape. “, she explains in her autobiography.

Victim of sexism

Britney Spears is a victim of sexism. In her book, she compares her situation to those of male artists “ who have lost all their money gambling, those who have had substance abuse or mental health problems » and highlights the difference in treatment between the two sexes. “ No one tried to take away their control over their bodies and their money. I didn’t deserve what my family did to me “, she explains.

Today, the star seems to have regained the power of her life and is rebuilding herself little by little. “ Since I’ve been free, I’ve had to build a completely different identity for myself. I had to say to myself, ‘Wait a second, that’s who I was – a passive, pleasant person. A girl. And this is who I am now – someone strong and confident. A woman “.


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