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Britney Spears Reveals the Reason Behind Her Infamous 2007 Head-Shaving Incident

Britney Spears Reveals the Reason Behind Her Infamous 2007 Head-Shaving Incident

A little over 16 years after Britney Spears shocked the world by shaving her head, the pop star is now revealing details about the infamous incident. 

In an excerpt published by People from her new memoir The Woman in Me, Spears said she shaved her head as a way of “pushing back” against her family. “I’d been eyeballed so much growing up,” the singer and songwriter stated. “I’d been looked up and down, had people telling me what they thought of my body, since I was a teenager. Shaving my head and acting out were my ways of pushing back.” 

Britney Spears had cut off her hair in 2007 while at a Tarzana hair salon. The situation also happened just as the pop icon had been going through her divorce from Kevin Federline. She also reportedly had postpartum depression due to having back-to-back pregnancies. The shaving incident, amongst other incidents, led to Spears being placed under a conservatorship in 2008. 

Britney Spears Also Revealed Details About Her Conservatorship 

Along with the shaving head incident, Britney Spears wrote about conservatorship by saying that under the agreement she was made to understand that her pushing back days were over. “I had to grow my hair out and get back into shape. I had to go to bed early and take whatever medication they told me to take.”

Spears admitted that while getting criticized by the media about her body was bad, the criticism from her father, Jamie Spears, hurt even more. “He repeatedly told me I looked fat and that I was going to have to do something about it.”

Britney Spears further explained that the conservatorship impacted the way she approached her famous music career as well. “I would do little bits of creative stuff here and there, but my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” she pointed out. As far as my passion for singing and dancing, it was almost a joke at that point.”

The Stronger songstress noted she started to feel like a “child robot” as time went on. She had been so infantilized that she was losing pieces of what made her feel like herself. “The conservatorship stripped me of my womanhood, made me into a child. I became more of an entity than a person onstage. I had always felt music in my bones and my blood; they stole that from me.”

Spears said if her father and lawyers had let her live her life, she would have followed her heart. She also knows she would come out of the situation the “right way” and work it out. 

Britney Spears was under her father’s conservatorship for nearly 14 years. In November 2021, the conservatorship over Spears and her estate was terminated.