After many years, Britney Spears finally revealed to many why she shaved her head back in 2007.
“I’d been eyeballed so much growing up. 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,” the pop star writes in her forthcoming memoir, “The Woman in Me,” according to an excerpt published by People.
Britney noted that her father, Jamie Spears, took control of her life shortly after the incidents. In 2008, all of the medical, finance affairs and more were no longer things she had control over.
“I was made to understand that those days were now over,” she shares. “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.”
The Grammy winner walked into Esther’s Haircutting Studio in Tarzana, California back in 2007 and asked for her head to be shaved off.
The Salon owner refused to give such a service, so Britney ended up doing it herself by grabbing clippers and giving herself a buzzcut while paparazzi snapped photos through the windows.
Just days later, the “Toxic” singer was photographed attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella.
The incidents, which occurred while Britney was going through a divorce and custody battle with Kevin Federline, fixated Britney in the press.
The following year, the singer was hospitalized on two involuntary psychiatric holds, and Jamie went to court and made himself his daughter’s legal guardian.
“The conservatorship stripped me of my womanhood, made me into a child,” Britney writes in her book, which hits stores on Oct. 24. “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.”
The “Crossroads” star says she “didn’t deserve” what her family did to her.
“The woman in me was pushed down for a long time,” she writes. “They wanted me to be wild onstage … and to be a robot the rest of the time.”