According to PEOPLE Magazine, the pop megastar claimed in her new autobiography The Woman in Me that her father, Jamie Spears, allowed her to eat "almost nothing but chicken and canned vegetables" for two years.
"No matter how much I dieted and exercised, my father was always telling me I was fat. He put me on a strict diet. The irony was that we had a butler—an extravagance—and I would beg him for real food," Spears wrote in her memoir.
The singer explained that she would ask the butler to "sneak a hamburger or ice cream" to her, but the butler said he couldn't because he had "strict orders" from her father.
"So for two years, I ate almost nothing but chicken and canned vegetables," she wrote, before noting that "two years is a long time to not be able to eat what you want, especially when it's your body and your work and your soul making the money that everyone's living off of."
"I found it so degrading," she added.
Though Spears has alleged that her father's control was traumatic, Jamie, now 71, has often maintained that he was acting in his daughter's best interests.
"I love my daughter with all my heart and soul," he told Daily Mail in a 2022 interview. "They've heard the allegations from Britney. I don't mind taking that beating because I know it's not true, and because I don't want to start something else."
Spears congratulated her fans on social media last week when her memoir was officially released, and said her book was already a historical success.
"It's happening!!! My book is the highest-selling celebrity memoir in history and it's only day 1 !!!" she began in her Instagram post. "Thank you to the fans who have been so supportive !!! Love you all !!! #TheWomanInMe @gallerybooks @simonandschuster."
The caption was shared with a photo of the cover of her book with the words, "My story. On my terms. At last," along with a promotional video. In the days leading up to the book's release, Spears revealed in a separate post on Instagram that she didn't write her memoir to "offend" anyone.
"My book's purpose was not to offend anyone by any means," she wrote in a previous note. "That was me then... that is in the past!!!"
Spears pointed out that most of what she writes about in the book occurred 20 years ago.
"I have moved on and it's a beautiful clean slate from here," she wrote. "I am here to establish it that way for the rest of my entire life!!! Either way, that is the last of it and s--- happens!!"
The pop icon noted she found "closure" in writing her book. "Hopefully I can enlighten people who feel particularly alone in most cases or hurt or misunderstood," the singer explained. "Again my motive for this book was not to harp on my past experiences." (ANI)