Shortly after TMZ reported that Britney Spears claimed she had an abortion during her relationship with Justin Timberlake in her upcoming memoir, fans started looking at her past work differently. Specifically, the music video and lyrics to Spears’ 2003 song, “Everytime,” which is an emotional ballad.
At the time of its release, many had viewed it as a response to Timberlake‘s not-so-subtle video for “Cry Me A River,” where he seems to depict her cheating — causing a rough fallout after their breakup.
Spears’ music video finds her singing as a woman is giving birth and holding a child behind her. Fans are now speculating the song was likely about her grappling with the child she wanted.
The publication reported that “sources with direct knowledge of the book” confirmed Spears discussed the abortion and was pregnant at some point around 2000. “I loved Justin so much,” Spears allegedly writes. “I always expected us to have a family together one day. This would just be much earlier than I’d anticipated.”
At another point in the book, Spears is also reportedly claiming that Timberlake cheated on her with another celebrity. However, the person is unnamed as they have a family now.
Continue scrolling for a few fan reactions reflecting on Britney Spears’ “Everytime” video below.
everytime by britney spears has a whole different meaning now pic.twitter.com/4XIcl6FMbk
— popcultureangel (@lohanisgod) October 17, 2023
so we've been dedicating Everytime to exes and our impossible fairytales when in reality Britney wrote the song in the process of healing the trauma of abortion…
this is fucked up like im gonna need some time to digest this. pic.twitter.com/HOnb7Uq6k3
— Milton (@its_miltond) October 17, 2023
Britney Spears asking to record Everytime one more time because she was too emotional hits much deeper now pic.twitter.com/PgeiDtRtqk
— Fan Account 📖👠 (@britneycharts) October 17, 2023
I always thought that Everytime was about Britney being the bigger person in her past relationship with Justin. Turns out it was an apology to the baby she was manipulated to abort. That fact breaks my heart to pieces. I just can't imagine how hard it was walking in her shoes. pic.twitter.com/S6uB1JqD8Z
— Sketchy Vision (@SketchyVision) October 18, 2023