Britney Spears Reveals 'How Scared' She Was During 2001 VMAs Performance

By Rebekah Gonzalez

September 7, 2023

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Britney Spears is reflecting on her iconic 2001 MTV VMAs performance. In a new post promoting her forthcoming memoir The Woman in Me, Spears shared, "One of my favorite performances was with an albino python. The singer went on to admit, "I still remember how scared I felt when I was handed this snake and took the stage !!"

Spears also shared a clip of her confidently strutting around the stage with the massive snake while singing her hit "I'm a Slave 4 U." She went on to plug her book, "I talked more about this performance and other favorites in my book #TheWomanInMe … I can’t wait for you to read it on October 24th."

After announcing the release of the long-awaited memoir, Spears took to Instagram to share a message about making the book happen. "I worked my a— off for this book," Spears told fans in the video shared to Instagram last month. "I had a lot of therapy to get this book done." Spears went on to joke," So you guys better like it, and if you don't that's cool too." The Woman In Me is already available for pre-order at and the website also shows the book's front cover which features a young Britney in black and white.

Britney's memoir has been a long time coming. In May, it was reported that the book had been put on hold due to fellow A-List stars who were concerned about its content. So much so, that their lawyers had reportedly taken precautionary action. "Britney is brutally honest in the book — there are a lot of nervous A-listers," a source told The Sun. "Strongly worded legal letters have been sent to the publishers by people who know Britney and who fear what she has written. There is no movement at the moment and there are concerns over when it will eventually be able to come out."

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