Michelle Williams to narrate Britney Spears' upcoming memoir

Soon you'll be able to listen to Michelle Williams tell Britney Spears' life story: The star will narrate part of the audiobook of the singer's upcoming memoir.


You won't want to wait for Britney Spears' memoir any longer after hearing this news.

The audiobook of the Grammy winner's highly anticipated memoir, "The Woman in Me," will be mostly narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Michelle Williams, the "Toxic" singer's rep confirmed to E! News Oct. 13. Spears herself will record the introduction while the "Dawson's Creek" alum will narrate the rest.

"This book has been a labor of love and all the emotions that come with it," Spears said about her memoir in a statement to People, which first reported the news. "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."

She added, "I am so grateful to the amazing Michelle Williams for reading the rest of it."

Meanwhile, Williams said in her own statement to the outlet, "I stand with Britney."

News about the pop star's book deal, reportedly worth $15 million, first emerged in February 2022, three months after her 13-year conservatorship was terminated. The decision, which followed a lengthy legal battle, allowed Spears to regain control of her finances and personal life.

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"In June 2021, the whole world was listening as Britney Spears spoke in open court," the book's synopsis reads, referring to the singer's surprise testimony against her co-conservator and father, Jamie Spears. "The impact of sharing her voice—her truth—was undeniable, and it changed the course of her life and the lives of countless others. 'The Woman in Me' reveals for the first time her incredible journey—and the strength at the core of one of the greatest performers in pop music history."

Spears herself had said in an Instagram video in July, "I worked my ass off for this book. I had a lot of therapy to get this book done. So you guys better like it. And if you don't, that's cool too."

"The Woman in Me" is set for release Oct. 24.

Look back at Spears' post-conservatorship life:

"Good God I love my fans so much it's crazy !!!" Spears wrote on Instagram after her conservatorship was terminated on Nov. 12, 2021. "I think I'm gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever."

She wasn't in court for the big moment, but had been awaiting the expected good news from home with fiancé Sam Asghari.

Spears heatedly took issue with Jamie Lynn Spears' bombshell memoir "Things I Should Have Said" (and the press she was doing along with it), accusing her little sister of trying to sell a book at her expense.

Jamie Lynn said "my behavior was out of control," Spears—after unfollowing her sibling on Instagram—wrote Jan. 13, 2022, referring to comments the younger Spears made on "Good Morning America." "She was never around me much 15 years ago at that time …. So why are they even talking about that unless she wants to sell a book at my expense ??? REALLY ???"

She accused Jamie Lynn of lying, writing Jan. 14, "NOW and only NOW I do know only a scum person would make up such things about someone."

The next day, Jamie Lynn posted, "Nobody trashes your name more than someone who's afraid you'll tell people the truth."

Spears kept posting Jan. 16, writing, "All I know is I love you unconditionally !!! So go ahead and say whatever you want ... it's so tacky for a family to fight publicly like this !!!" 

After that missive, Jamie Lynn encouraged her big sister through her Instagram Story, "Britney- Just call me."

Appearing on E!'s "Daily Pop" Jan. 18, Jamie Lynn said of her ongoing issues with Spears, "We go back and forth, but at the end of the day, the love and support will always be there...I can't help the family I was born into. I just think we're all in a situation, and a process that we're working through. And each of us have the right to work through that however feels best for us."

On April 11, 2022, Spears shared on Instagram that she was pregnant with her and Asghari's first child together.

"I mean this should have happened three years ago to be honest with you," Asghari said in a BBC interview that was conducted before the baby announcement and published April 12. "When you're in a relationship with someone that you're truly in love with, you want to re-create, and so this is something I want to do."

Sadly, the couple said in a joint statement May 14 that they had lost their "miracle baby."

Asghari and Spears tied the knot on June 9, 2022, in an intimate ceremony at their L.A.-area home.

Selena Gomez, Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Paris Hilton were among the guests. Sean and Jayden, Spears' teenage sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline, were not in attendance and her mother, father, sister and brother Bryan Spears were not invited.

Mom and sis later liked some of the wedding content on Instagram, though, with Lynne Spears commenting on one of her daughter's posts, "You look radiant and so happy! Your wedding is the 'Dream' wedding! And having it at your home makes it so sentimental and special! I am soooo happy for you! I love you!"

Uninvited but there anyway was Spears' husband-for-55-hours Jason Alexander (he of their 2004 annulment), who livestreamed his arrival before the ceremony. "I'm her first husband," he could be heard telling a worker outside the house. "I'm here to crash the wedding because nobody is here except Sam. Where the f--k is the family?"

Alexander was arrested and later pleaded no contest to trespassing.

Kevin Federline told ITV in an August 2022 interview that Sean and Jayden chose not to attend their mom's wedding and "have decided they are not seeing her right now," nor had they seen her for "a few months."

Spears' ex said the boys distanced themselves from her in part due to the NSFW photos of herself she would post on Instagram. "I try to explain to them, 'Look, maybe that's just another way she tries to express herself,'" Federline said. "But that doesn't take away from the fact of what it does to them. It's tough."

Spears responded after excerpts from the then-yet-to-air interview were published. "It saddens me to hear that my ex husband has decided to discuss the relationship between me and my children," she wrote. Aug. 6. "As we all know, raising teenage boys is never easy for anyone."

Asghari came to Spears' defense the next day, calling Federline "a father who hasn't worked much in over 15 years" whose "gravy train will end soon" once he no longer was receiving child support from his ex-wife. In response, Federline's longtime attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan told TMZ, "Sam really doesn't know Kevin. He doesn't know what is going on in Kevin's household.''

After Federline appeared to post old videos that showed then-12-year-old Sean and 11-year-old Jayden arguing with their mother (that were later deleted), Spears'attorney fired back, calling the move "cruel, bottom of the barrel stuff."

"Britney has faithfully supported her children and she loves them dearly," the lawyer told E! News in an Aug. 11, 2022, statement. "Whether he realizes it or not, Mr. Federline has not only violated the privacy and dignity of the mother of his children, he has undermined his own children, whose privacy he should protect."

In January 2023, TMZ obtained a video of Spears sitting at a restaurant table seemingly talking to herself and a report circulated that she'd had a meltdown at the establishment and Asghari had angrily left.

"People get a little too excited to see my wife," Asghari told a paparazzo afterward, per video posted by TMZ." When you sit down to have a meal and people get their cameras out and start filming, it's disrespectful." So, Spears may have been acting strangely to observers, according to Asghari, but that's because she was frustrated by the perceived intrusions. (He also explained that he had simply gone ahead to get the car.)

Later that month, Ventura County Sheriff's deputies showed up at Spears' house for a welfare check "out of an abundance of caution" after a number of her fans called to report their concerns because she had (temporarily) deleted her Instagram account, a sheriff's office spokesperson told People. He said that authorities quickly determined Spears was "safe and in no danger."

Spears wrote Feb. 9 on Instagram that the most dire speculation about her well-being made her "sick to [her] stomach."

"No folks, it's not 2007 … it's 2023 and I'm making my first homemade lasagna at home !!!" she shared. "I finally got my fireplace to work in my living room !!! As my hubby says it best: don't believe everything you read !!!"

The next day she added, "This week in the news it said that I almost died and that I have a manager and 'doctors' !!! I don't have a management team nor will I ever again in my life !!! I don't have 'medical doctors' !!! I take Prozac for depression and that's about it !!! I'm an extremely boring person !!!"

Asghari told Access Hollywood at the time, "My wife is in full control of her life and will continue to make all decisions involving her care regardless of circumstances. Speculation on her health is inappropriate and should end immediately."

Spears and mom Lynne reconnected in person this past May. "My sweet mama showed up at my door step yesterday after 3 years. it's been such a long time," Spears wrote on Instagram. "...with family there's always things that need to be worked out … but time heals all wounds !!!"

"And after being able to communicate what I've held in for an extremely long time," she continued, "I feel so blessed we were able to try to make things RIGHT !!! I love you so much !!!"

On June 21, Spears shared that she'd also visited Jamie Lynn on the set of Zoey 102.

In February 2022, Spears signed a reported $15 million deal with Simon & Schuster to write a memoir.

And reader, she did. The Woman in Me is due out Oct. 24, 2023. 

"OK guys, so I just got finished with my book," Spears shared in a video posted to Instagram July 11. "It's coming out very soon. I worked my ass off for this book. I had a lot of therapy to get this book done. So you guys better like it. And if you don't, that's cool too."

Spears' attorney communicated to Federline's lawyer in a May 31 letter that the singer wouldn't oppose 17-year-old Sean and 16-year-old Jayden's move to Hawaii with their dad, stepmom Victoria Prince and stepsisters, and the Federlines relocated in early August.

Page Six reported Aug. 11 that Federline's lawyer said Spears had talked to the boys "probably a couple of weeks ago," but wasn't sure if they had spoken since the move.

Months after swatting down split rumors sparked when Spears vacationed without her husband and Asghari was spotted sans wedding ring (he was bare-handed while filming, his rep clarified), the pair broke up after 14 months of marriage.

"They're separated and it's best for Britney," a source familiar to the situation told NBC News. Asghari filed for divorce Aug. 16, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason, per court documents obtained by E! News. 

Asghari's rep denied a report that he was challenging their prenuptial agreement and threatening to exploit Spears with videos. "All these claims are false, as no negative intention has ever been directed towards her and never will be," BAC Talent's Brandon Cohen told E! News. "Sam has always and will always support her."

Spears, who's since welcomed puppy Snow into her household, acknowledged the split Aug. 18 on Instagram, admitting she was "a little shocked" by how quickly everything unraveled. "I'm not here to explain why because its honestly nobody's business !!!" she wrote. "But, I couldn't take the pain anymore honestly !!!"

The 41-year-old said she'd try to stay strong. And, she concluded, "I'm actually doing pretty damn good !!! Anyways have a good day and don't forget to smile !!!"

Or, as she captioned a throwback pic from the '00s on Aug. 24, "F--k with me...I dare you."

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