TROUBLED pop superstar Britney Spears’ hopes of telling the full truth about her rollercoaster life in her memoir will be decided by lawyers – not the singer.
Concerned publishing executives have to decide how much of Spears‘ recollections and claims about her life they will release in the autobiography, expected out at the end of the year.
One central concern from publisher Simon & Schuster is Britney’s father, Jamie, contesting several accusations of abuse and maltreatment.
The pair have been at odds for years, even though Jamie insists he “saved” the singer as she suffered mental health issues in 2008.
During her conservatorship, Britney openly alleged abuse by her dad and that he cashed in on her career – claims that Jamie has denied.
Associates of Jamie claim that he will not “simply let his daughter write what she wants about him and destroy his reputation.”
Jamie’s legal team is “ready to take action if there be anything that merits untruths or libel.”
Her ex-conservator of 13 years knew that his daughter would be expected to “spill a lot” after signing a $15-million memoir deal.
A Las Vegas-based friend of Jamie said: “Britney will not get to print and say what she wants.
“The legal team at the publisher knows Jamie is unhappy about what is coming and has charged his lawyers to take steps to prevent untruths being told.
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“It is down to the publisher’s lawyers to decide what they will print and to leave out.
“He is not simply going to take this all because his daughter said it. He is willing to fight to present his truth even if that means filing lawsuits.”
The source added: “Naturally, his legal team knew that this would be a very complicated case given the US‘ free speech legislation.
“But Jamie feels he has a right to question Britney’s state of mind during the conservatorship.
“Across Europe, there are very different libel rules. And that would need to be taken into consideration.”
The U.S. Sun has reached out to Britney’s team for comment.
On Friday, several US outlets revealed the superstar’s memoir will be released in autumn.
Publishing insiders have described the manuscript as “inspiring” and a “groundbreaking instant best-seller.”
“Britney’s book is a story of triumph. It will cover her most vulnerable moments, her childhood – being a little girl with big dreams – her breakup with Justin Timberlake, the moment she shaved her head, and her battle with her family over her conservatorship,” said one source.
“It is also a story of survival, finding her way out of the crippling conservatorship to finding happiness with her husband, Sam Ashgari.”
Spears has been working with ghostwriter Sam Lansky, an acclaimed novelist and journalist who has written for The Atlantic, New York Magazine, and Time and has profiled stars including Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and Adele.
Britney laid out many of her “trauma” issues with her father during a June 2021 conservatorship hearing.
Spears told Judge Brenda Penny labeled her dad’s control “abusive,” adding: “I told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy — it’s a lie… I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane, and I’m depressed.”
Spears said in court that her “ignorant father” and others who are involved in the conservatorship “should be in jail.”
“I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work and provide money for myself and pay other people.”
She added: “This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life.”
Britney added that she was unhappy with the medication prescribed by doctors and loathed therapy.
In November 2021, Penny ruled that the conservatorship should be terminated, bringing an end to the legal arrangement that has controlled her life.
The ruling came after Jamie was removed as conservator in September 2021, after he filed to step down from the position.
Court documents at the time stated: “Jamie unconditionally loves and supports his daughter.
“Full stop. As he has done for her entire life, Jamie will do everything he can to protect and care for her.
“For the last 13 years, that included serving as her Conservator. Now, it means ending her conservatorship.”