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  1. Miranda Cosgrove Shocked by Jennette McCurdy's 'Exploited' Childhood Claims: 'You Can't Imagine That' Miranda Cosgrove didn't know everything that was happening behind the scenes with Jennette McCurdy. McCurdy, 30, looks back at her childhood rise to fame on iCarly and alleges that her late mother, Debra McCurdy, didn't protect her from the dangers of the entertainment industry in her upcoming memoir I'm Glad My Mom Died. Cosgrove, 29, who starred opposite McCurdy on the hit Nickelodeon show from 2007 to 2012, recently told The New York Times that she didn't know what her friend was going through, despite their close relationship. "When you're young, you're so in your own head," Cosgrove said of her costar, who played her character Carly Shay's bubbly best friend Sam Puckett. "You can't imagine that people around you are having much harder struggles." "You don't expect things like that from the person in the room who's making everyone laugh," she added. Following her time on iCarly, McCurdy went on to star in the shorter-lived Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande before ultimately quitting acting after her mom died in 2013. In the upcoming memoir, McCurdy recalls a time that her mom failed to intervene when she was served alcohol by an authority figure referred to as the Creator. In another instance, she wished Debra had stepped in when she was pressured to be photographed in a bikini as a teen. Instead, McCurdy told the Times that her mom would remind her, "Everyone wants what you have." "My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited," she said. "It still gives my nervous system a reaction to say it. There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn't know what they were doing. And also cases where they did — they knew exactly what they were doing." McCurdy has long been vocal about her decision to quit acting. During a March 2021 episode of her Empty Inside podcast, she discussed feeling discontent during her years on screen. "I was a famous 19-year-old, and making a bunch of money, and I felt like I had everything at my fingertips," she explained. "But I was deeply unhappy, and I actually really resented my life because I didn't like the projects that I was a part of." "It's a difficult thing to say because the shows that I was on were so loved by so many people and so many kids, and I hear constantly, 'You made my childhood,' " she added. "And I think that's great that they had that experience. But that just was not my experience, and I felt a lot of shame — that I wasn't able to identify at the time — because I didn't like waltzing onto an over-lit, cheesy set and shouting a line. It felt so pointless and shallow." In an excerpt of the upcoming memoir shared with Entertainment Weekly, McCurdy recalls attempting to quit acting before landing the role on the Nickelodeon show. "We're on the way home, in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 101 South," McCurdy wrote. "I'm sitting in my booster seat since I'm still small enough to be required to sit in it." "'I don't want to act anymore,' I say before I even realize I've said it," she continued. "Mom looks at me in the rearview mirror. A mixture of shock and disappointment fills her eyes. I immediately regret saying anything." McCurdy's mother reacts: "'Don't be silly, you love acting. It's your favorite thing in the world,' Mom says in a way that makes it sound like a threat." Though McCurdy held her ground, she said she ultimately gave in to her mom's opinion. "'You can't quit!" she sobs. 'This was our chance! This was ouuuuur chaaaaance!' " McCurdy writes of her mother. "She bangs on the steering wheel, accidentally hitting the horn. Mascara trickles down her cheeks. She's hysterical, like I was in the Hollywood Homicide audition. Her hysteria frightens me and demands to be taken care of." "Nevermind," McCurdy replied. I'm Glad My Mom Died will be released Tuesday.
  2. The ink is dry on Britney's tell-all memoir, but she's unable to release it because there's no paper to print it on due to the supply shortage. 🤔 Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ (😩) the memoir is complete, which will be released with publisher Simon & Schuster with a tentative release date slated for January, but because there's a paper shortage they're delaying the release. There's no clear date on when the book officially comes out. A couple of factors are to blame for the paper shortage: more people started ordering books during the pandemic which decreased the paper supply. There's also a labor shortage at the manufacturing plants. Earlier this year, Britney sounded off: "all the documentaries were trash !!! I'm sure that was ignition to move me forward but honestly I just wanted spit in any persons face that came near me," Britney said. "But I said.. just do a book the easiest way possible and considering my fear of people I might have to write them off for the next decade !!! Sitting down and sharing my story might not be the safest thing for anyone !!! My book comes out the end of this year ,.. Once it's released not sure whats gonna happen folks." Related:
  3. After signing a $15 million book deal, Britney Spears' publishers have made it very clear that the singer, 40, needs to step away from social media and stop giving away her story for free. “Basically, Britney has been told to shut up and save all the details for the book,” a source exclusively tells OK!. “Why would anyone want to buy the book if she keeps blabbing on social media for free?” Moving forward, it's likely that the blonde beauty will keep quiet and not spill anymore details about her latest project. “After 13 years of being silenced by a conservatorship, it wasn’t easy to tell Britney she needs to remain silent,” the insider adds. “But let’s just say she now has 15 million reasons to agree.” Insiders add that the writing process with Spears has been "difficult," as the Hollywood star isn't used to talking about her past with people she hardly knows. "Understandably, Britney doesn't trust many people. She doesn't like strangers or meeting new people. So, you can image how challenging it has been to get Britney to meet a total stranger and reveal all the deepest secrets in her life," the source explains. "They have tried to set up meetings with maybe a dozen ghost writers. Most of those meetings she blew off, and the meetings that did happen did not go well." SOURCE: https://okmagazine.com/p/britney-spears-publishers-quiet-upcoming-memoir-social-media/
  4. My book The Number Ones, which is coming out in November, is about the 20 most pivotal chart-toppers in Hot 100 history. There’s a chapter on “Baby One More Time” in there, and its inclusion was obvious. I didn’t even have to think about it.The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal The History Of Pop Music is out 11/15 via Hachette Books. You can pre-order it here. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0306826534?tag=gum00-20 The rise of Britney Spears was a product of its moment. It came out of the convergence of certain trends and decisions and lucky breaks. But her arrival, smashing into public consciousness like a comet into the earth, felt inevitable at the time. Today, looking back, it feels just as inevitable — as though Britney Jean Spears could’ve been born anywhere, in any circumstance, and she still would’ve become one of the most famous people on the planet before reaching adulthood. That kind of feeling can only come out of an earthshaking pop moment, and “Baby One More Time” is nothing if not that. At this point, the details of Britney Spears’ early life feel like the stuff of a comic-book origin story. McComb, Mississippi and then Kentwood, Louisiana. Daycare-supervisor mother. Construction worker father. Southern baptist church choir. Dancing lessons. Talent shows. Boundless ambition. A failed Mickey Mouse Club audition. A move to New York, learning her trade at the Fame school and serving as an understudy on an off-Broadway musical. A televised performance, singing the Judds’ “Love Can Build A Bridge” on Star Search and losing. The real problem was that the world never looked at her as a little girl, even when she was a little girl. Then, when Britney Spears was a grown woman with kids of her own, she had her adult rights stripped away from her for years on end. But that’s a ****ed up story for another column. Britney’s mother contacted Larry Rudolph, the high-powered New York entertainment lawyer who would eventually become Britney’s manager, and then her conservator. One of Rudolph’s clients was Lou Pearlman, the odious figure who assembled the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. Britney auditioned for Pearlman, who was putting together a girl group called (yeesh) Innosense. Pearlman offered Britney a spot in the group, and she almost took it, but she decided at the last moment that she wanted to be a solo artist instead. Larry Rudolph could help with that. (Britney chose wisely. Innosense was a group for six years, and they never made any hits.) Larry Rudolph set up auditions with three labels, and a 15-year-old Britney flew to New York with her mother. The first two labels passed. Jive didn’t just sign Britney Spears because she had a good voice. The people at Jive knew that things in pop music were changing. There was a whole new generation of consumers, teenagers and preteens, who wanted the sort of big, bright, proudly plastic pop music that had fallen out of favor in the ’90s. Britney thought she’d be making music that was more in the adult contemporary zone; The Song Machine quotes her saying that she’d imagined something like “Sheryl Crow, but younger.” Jive had other ideas. Max Martin did not write “Baby One More Time” for Britney Spears. When Martin wrote the song that he called “Hit Me Baby (One More Time),” he thought it was R&B, and he thought that the song should go to TLC. They rejected the track. Years later, T-Boz told MTV, “I was like, ‘I like the song, but do I think it’s a hit? Do I think it’s TLC?’… Was I going to say, ‘Hit me baby one more time’? Hell no!” Martin also offered the song to Robyn, but she didn’t record it, either. Britney Spears, 16 years old and just signed, was not in a position to turn songs down, but she wouldn’t have turned down “Baby One More Time” anyway. She loved it. Britney flew to Sweden — her first time overseas — and recorded that song and a few others with Max Martin. With “Baby One More Time,” he figured that everyone would understand the whole “hit me, baby, one more time” refrain meant “call me,” that it wasn’t about violence or S&M. Jive changed Martin’s title to “Baby One More Time,” trying to avoid controversy. (Technically, the title is “…Baby One More Time,” but I’m not typing a million ellipses into this column.) It didn’t work. Maybe that weird S&M frisson helped the song become indelible, inescapable. With everything else that we know about Britney Spears’ career, would you doubt it? “Baby One More Time” is not a song about violence. It’s about outright romantic desperation, and Martin’s lyrics are written in near-mythic terms: “My loneliness is killing me, and I must confess, I still believe.” It’s simple pop stuff, and it sounds elemental. Some of that is the sheer blinding focus of Martin’s songwriting and production, and some of it is the way that Britney Spears sings it. Britney Spears never met Denniz Pop, who died of stomach cancer in 1998, at the age of 35, though Pop was still credited as one of the producers on Britney’s debut album Baby One More Time. The night before she recorded “Baby One More Time,” Britney didn’t sleep much. Instead, she listened to Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love” over and over, using it as a kind of guide. Britney told Rolling Stone, “I wanted my voice to be kind of rusty… I wanted my voice to just be able to groove with the track. So the night before, I stayed up really, really late, so when I went into the studio, I wasn’t rested. When I sang it, I was just laid back and mellow — it sounds cool, though. You know, how it sounds really low in the lower register — it sounds really ****. So I kept telling myself, ‘Britney, don’t get any rest.'” Pop music sounds like Britney Spears, too. Britney’s whole life story is so ****ed-up and sad for so many reasons, but that story also has plenty of triumphs. “Baby One More Time” announced Britney Spears as a generational figure, a born pop star. She made good on that promise. Britney Spears won’t return to this column for a surprisingly long time, but we will see her again. Source: https://www.stereogum.com/2191267/the-number-ones-britney-spears-baby-one-more-time/columns/the-number-ones/
  5. Yeah we know it’s a “You’ll have to wait and see” situation after the release of britney’s highly anticipated “tell all” memoir but do you imagine Britney will ever publish her poetry work with Simon & Schuster? The woman has A+ talent in the writing field.
  6. Britney Spears or how a star became the 'Joan of Arc of pop'. It's Britney *****, said Britney Spears at the beginning of one of her most controversial songs, Gimme more, and this could have been the slogan of her life this 2021. The one who is for many the pop princess of the 90's has had her own resurgence this past year, thanks to the #FreeBritney movement. The singer has managed to free herself from her father's custody in a media trial. Although to understand the artist you have to go beyond her critical 2007 since the singer's story has been forged since her childhood in Mississippi (USA) in the 80s. This period and her subsequent fame are analyzed by journalist Juan Sanguino in his illustrated biography Britney. One more time (Bruguera). For him, Spears' childhood is a "very heavy suitcase". "Her mother got pregnant with her after separating from her father, with whom she had a very volatile marriage, he was an alcoholic, very violent, they lived in a caravan.... They represented all the stereotypes of lower class people in the southern US. Very believing, but with very little culture, people with very little economic possibilities, and she was born as the savior of her family," he explains. According to Sanguino, Spears' youth was based on taking care of her family on a psychological and economic level as a result of her triumph in dance and in the Disney universe. "This generated in her a sense of responsibility, discipline and a pathological self-demand that made her obsessed with being perfect and pleasing others. Throughout her adult life, we see how these two ideas are constantly shaping her thoughts and actions," he explains. "This turns against her because the press is against her because they start to say that she is a naïve girl but in reality she is a sl**, they insult her, etc.," she adds. Continue reading ⬇
  7. Britney never had the team for it but Imagine this book From britney’s Louisiana childhood to her worldwide tours, iconic fashion moments, photo shoots to private time with friends, intimate photographs of her life as an artist and performer. Including images have never before been published. Comment below What Britney images deserve to be featured in a similar design to this queen size Rihanna book and would you buy it for $166.06?
  8. One More Time, the Britney Spears illustrated book by Juan Sanguino is now on sale at the JENESAISPOP store https://tienda.jenesaispop.com/products/britney-one-more-time
  9. What if Britney does what she does best, to one up Jamie Lynn and name her memoir "I Must Confess" which was the initial title of Jamie Lynn's controversial "Things I Should've Said"? Will Britney dare to take the title or is it a low she shouldn't stoop to? Book cover made by me
  10. Deuxmoi's new podcast just did an update on Britney: She wants to release a remix album of her songs (B In The Mix 3) She asked old producers she worked with and some new ones to block out dates for studio sessions in May and June She hasn't recorded new music yet No official talks have been done yet, but she is contemplating speaking in Washington The Oprah interview will happen after her book is released and the baby is born Deux U: Pregnant Britney, J Lo + Ben Engagement, Jason Momoa w/ Celebrity Memoir Book Club on Apple Podcasts
  11. Assuming she’ll talk about every aspect of her life, what part or era are you looking forward to the most? for me, is the time after the Circus Tour ended and the whole Femme Fatale era.. it’s still a mystery to me of what she went through during that time
  12. Will Britney drop her highly anticipated memoir out of the blue or will it have a release date which looks like it’s set for 2023/24? Also Did you know that the publisher Simon & Schuster distributed the official colouring book that was released last year so will it be curated and ghostwritten by Britney Brands? https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Official-Britney-Spears-Coloring-Book/Ulysses-Press/9781646043088
  13. Tess and Babs from the podcasts britney’s gram and toxic dive into Jamie Lynn’s ill-timed book on The podcast “Celebrity Book Club” and called it the worst written book ever and they have a point. Listen here
  14. Rather than debate the merits of a book vs an interview, I thought it'd be a good idea to compose a list of questions we've always wanted Britney to answer. Think in terms of her entire story and not just the past 13 years. Let's try as much as possible to keep personal opinion and debate out of it and just stick with a list of (serious) questions. That way, if Britney does in fact have spies on BreatheHeavy, she has a place where she can easily see what us fans would most like to read about. I'll go first: - Her relationship with her family prior to fame. - Did she ever feel like she was being exploited in the early days, over***ualized, the whole ‘virgin’ thing, is she happy with the direction her career went in? - Her relationship with Larry Rudolf. - Would she have liked to do more live singing performances? - What happened with Justin? - Why did she marry Jason Alexander? - Her marriage with Kevin Federline, the birth of her kids and her divorce - the beginning of the media downfall. - Did she have post-partum depression? - Why did she shave her head? - Her relationship with Sam Lutfi. - What happened on the night she locked herself in the bathroom and was strapped to a gurney. - Her feelings about her stints in rehab, was she being treated for an addiction or mental illness? - What happened with her mum during this time? Where did Felicia go? - What and who triggered the conservatorship? Did she ever feel like this was a good thing? - What happened with the men she’s dated over the past 13 years, were the relationships genuine? Healthy? - Was she over-medicated during the XFactor? - Did she feel like she had a choice in any of the the different career moves since 2008, did she enjoy doing Vegas, how much input has she had on the recent albums? - Is she still struggling with mental illness? - Her relationship with her kids. - Her relationship with Sam. - When did ‘Project Rose’ start and was she trying to communicate her need for help through Instagram? - Does she actually have any celebrity friends or are they all just a bunch of fakes. - Does she think reconciliation with her family is possible? - What does she want for her future? What’d I miss?
  15. Bonjour!! ****** <3 <3 ****** I'm Greta, a longtime lurker of this forum – and also a huge britney fan <3 A few years ago I posted here, for my BA final project where I made a book about Britney. I was wondering if anyone here owns a copy of The Onyx Hotel Tour Book, that was for sale as merchandise on the tour? And also if you have any stories or thoughts related to it? Like did you buy it when you saw her on the tour or from Ebay? How did you feel about it? I'm doing a little (actually it's pretty big) fan-made version of it – risoprinted in four colors. Below is a photo of one of the pages in the book. The reason I ask this, is because I'm studying for my Masters degree at the Estonian Academy of Art in Graphic Design – I'm currently working on a project titled "The Most Beautiful Books" where I investigate the influence of pop culture designs on people, and specifically how the material Britney released has had an effect on what I find beautiful. Sorry if this is a really weird question! I appreciate any and all answers hihi <3 <3 <3 xoxo greta ******
  16. As we're well aware, Britney's an excellent and talented writer based on her letters of truth, her introspective Instagram paragraphs. She hardly receives credit for how lucrative she is so It's a no brainer for her to do a memoir. How do you think she'd write it, will it be completely autobiographical or be fantasy-esque and mysterious because we know she likes to create characters to tell a story, especially if the subject matter is dark which in her case it may be. Thoughts??
  17. Featuring never-before-seen photos and dozens of behind-the-scenes stories about life at home, in the studio, and on the road, Britney Spears' Heart to Heart is not only a must-have for Britney fans, it's also an honest look at what it's like for girls to grow up in today's world. Here's straight talk from the heart, from a mother and daughter who know that love, faith, and family always come first. EXCERPT My mama, Lynne, lights up a room when she walks into it. She just radiates warmth, and it's the most wonderful feeling in the world to be around her. People are simply drawn to her, and the friends she has are her friends forever -- and then some. That's why I'm so lucky that she's my best friend. What we have between us is something rare. The older I get, the more I realize that. Growing up, I knew so many girls who used to fight all the time with their moms -- over everything, it seemed: boys, clothes, curfews -- and that used to make me so sad. I wished they could all have a mom like mine. (Although my brother, my sister, and I would've hated to share her with anyone else!) She is the strongest, bravest, most generous person I have ever known, and I'd be truly blessed if even just a little bit of that has rubbed off on me. An interviewer once asked me what I thought was the key to success. Well, I think it takes three very important things: (1) talent, (2) a belief in yourself, and (3) someone who believes in you. My mama was and is that someone. I wanted to write this book so people could understand what a special bond we have between us and how much we've depended on each other over the years -- through good times and tough ones (and there have been some tough ones). I hope that in sharing our story we'll inspire mothers and daughters to open their hearts to one another. It would also be great to be able to encourage kids to follow their dreams and not to be scared to set high goals. I'm living proof that you can succeed, no matter where you're from or how little you have. My family didn't have a whole lot of "things" when I was growing up, but we had one another. Back home, folks always joke that my mama and I can complete each other's sentences. It's true -- and besides that, she calls me at exactly the moment I need her most. Don't ask me how she does it. Somehow she senses what I'm feeling, even if we're thousands of miles apart. So I'd tell her right now just how much I love her, but she already knows. Britney Spears ****** Britney and I would go to the moon for each other. Mothers and daughters aren't always as close as we are, especially during the teenage years. It's a hard time, and there's potential for a lot of misunderstanding. People say there's a generation gap. Well, I don't really believe that. We've always managed to put any differences aside and focus on what is the key to any good relationship -- love and respect for each other. You can love your child and you can love your mama (that's nature's way), but it is important to truly like your child and your mama, too. Kids will make mistakes; they'll do things they shouldn't. That's a given. But didn't we all make mistakes when we were younger? I always try to remind myself of that and stay as open-minded as possible. (I just love it when Brit tells me I'm "cool.") Maybe I don't understand everything that she likes or does (the belly-button-piercing thing I just do not get!), but I give her room to learn, room to explore, room to grow. Which doesn't mean I don't worry -- that's a mother's job, after all. But I know that she's got a good head on her shoulders and a big heart, and they'll be her guides when I can't be with her. I certainly don't want any of the credit for Britney's success. She's earned that all by herself. I haven't done anything more for my daughter than any good mother would do: I just nurtured her on her path. I believed that Britney had a great gift and that she should use it, if that's what her heart was telling her to do. There were people along the way who told me I was doing the wrong thing, that I was building up her hopes and it could only lead to heartbreak. What kid from Kentwood, Louisiana, ever went on to become a pop star, much less by the age of seventeen? But just because no one had done it before didn't mean Britney couldn't. Someone had to be the first, so why not her? I knew there'd be plenty of obstacles in her path, and I tried my best to prepare her for them and help her jump those hurdles as they came along. I'm an elementary-school teacher and I love to teach, so of course I'd like everyone to learn something from our experiences. This book is a wonderful chance for me to share some of the things I've learned while raising Brit, her brother, Bryan, and her little sister, Jamie Lynn. Lesson 1: Being a parent is more than just helping with homework, kissing scraped knees, or nursing the chicken pox. It's a lifelong job and it's the most challenging -- yet the most rewarding -- one you will ever have. Lesson 2: There's no book on how to be the perfect parent, no rules to follow. (And I'm thankful for that because I probably broke them all!) Every child is special and unique, and you just do the very best you can. And finally, Lesson 3: There is no greater joy than finding your meaning in life -- except maybe helping someone you love find hers. Writing this book with Brit has been a labor of love for both of us. We've shared so much over the past eighteen years, and we still do. (You should see our phone bills!) What I hope you take away from our efforts is a better understanding of who Britney is (who knows her better than her mama?) and of the power of love, faith, and family. If you believe in these things and follow your heart, the sky is the limit. Lynne Spears Excerpted from Britney Spears' Heart to Heart by Britney and Lynne Spears Copyright© 2000 by Britney and Lynne Spears. Excerpted by permission of Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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