Britney Spears has reportedly landed a $15 million dollar book deal with Simon & Schuster. According to PageSix, the singer is writing a “tell-all memoir” about her career and personal life.
The huge deal follows a bidding war between numerous publishers. It’s one of the most lucrative deals of all time: the largest ever known figure for nonfiction books was over $60 million, which Penguin Random House paid for the rights to Barack and Michelle Obama’s books in 2017. Bill Clinton landed a $15 million deal – the same sum as Britney – for his post-presidential book My Life.
Britney has previously hinted that she’s keen to try her hand at writing. In October 2021, she revealed in an Instagram caption that she was writing “a book about a girl who was murdered. Yet her ghost gets stuck in limbo because of trauma and pain and she doesn’t know how to cross over to the world she use [sic] to know.” More recently, in January 2022 she shared a photo of a typewriter on Instagram, captioned “Shall I start from THE BEGINNING???”
The news that Spears is writing a memoir also follows the release of her sister Jamie Lynn’s own autobiography, Things I Should Have Said, which was released in January 2022.
In the book, Jamie Lynn recounted an incident where her older sister grabbed a knife and locked them both together in a room. Britney denied that this ever happened, tweeting: “I’ve never been around you ever with a knife or even would I ever even think to do such […] only a scum person would make up such things about someone.”
Spears also revealed on Instagram that she had many more stories to share about her family and personal life. “Lord have mercy on my family’s souls if I ever do an interview,” she wrote in an Instagram caption from October 2021. One month later, the singer’s 13-year-long conservatorship formally came to an end – now, it looks as though she’s keen to set the record straight and offer up her own side of the story.