Quintuple Oscar nominee Michelle Williams is lending her voice to Britney Spears. Or at least, her memoir.
Williams will narrate Spears’ highly anticipated upcoming book The Woman In Me, which is set to be released October 24. Spears will record an introduction to the book, with Williams taking over for the rest.
“This book has been a labor of love and all the emotions that come with it,” Spears said in a statement to 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.”
“I am so grateful to the amazing Michelle Williams for reading the rest of it.”
Williams, who is performing first-time duties as an audiobook narrator, kept her own statement short and sweet: “I stand with Britney,” she said.
Vanity Fair has reached out to Williams’ representatives for comment.
News of Spears’ memoir broke in February 2022 with a reported $15 million contract from publisher Simon & Schuster after a hot auction for the rights. It’s been a long time coming, first delayed by a paper shortage, before finally getting a release date in July. From The Mickey Mouse Club to her widely publicized legal conservatorship and her fight to be freed from it, Spears has lived plenty of her life in the spotlight. As recently as two weeks ago, barely a month prior to release, Spears posted on Instagram that she was “putting the finishing touches on my book.”
When the memoir was announced, Gallery Books (the Simon & Schuster imprint responsible for the memoir) senior vice president and publisher Jennifer Bergstrom released a statement hyping up Spears’ story and its impact.
“Britney’s compelling testimony in open court shook the world, changed laws, and showed her inspiring strength and bravery,” she said. “I have no doubt her memoir will have a similar impact — and will be the publishing event of the year. We couldn’t be more proud to help her share her story at last.”
Of course, it’s not necessarily a tell-all: Spears has already teased a Woman In Me Volume 2, writing in a since-deleted early October Instagram post, “Riding ‘n writing!!! All I’m doing at the moment … volume 2 coming after 1.”
Spears is in the process of divorcing husband Sam Asghari.