As you read Britney Spears’ book, just remember the story of how it got into our hands.

The book also details a tough childhood with a father who was an ‘extremely mean’ drunk, her sexual objectification by older men from a young age, her loss of virginity at 14, her relationships and break-ups, her peri- and post-natal depression, her strained relationship with her sons, the abuse she endured under her father’s conservatorship, and, of course, her infamous 2007 head-shaving ‘breakdown’.

Are we empowering Britney by reading this stuff? What dollar figure do you need to make you feel good about having the world raking over your most personal details and stories?

A tell-tale sign that Britney’s mental health and well-being might be negatively affected by the book’s release was her lack of publicity around it leading up to the release.  

Granted, a book with this much anticipation around it hardly needed the Grammy winner to hit the publicity trail too hard, but it’s also very telling that Britney’s only interview, with People magazine, was conducted via a brief exchange of emails. 

“This book has been a labour of love and all the emotions that come with it,” she told People. “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.”

Britney has also opted out of doing any TV interviews, which is not really surprising after she said she felt ‘exploited’ by an interview she did with Dianne Sawyer after her 2002 break-up with Timberlake. It’s hard to infer anything other than that Britney feels vulnerable and on high alert.