Britney Spears’ uncle claims she grew up in a violent household, femalefirst.co.uk reports.
The singer — who famously shaved her head and spent time in rehab following a breakdown — reportedly witnessed her father Jamie Spears regularly flying into drunken rages at their family home when she was a small child.
Her uncle, Willie Spears — who is Jamie’s brother — revealed in Steve Dennis’ new book Britney: Inside The Dream: “I was at the house and Jamie walked in drunk and called Lynne a bad name. She was in the kitchen drinking water and he grabbed the glass, walked into the lounge and just hurled it. It was rough, but the sad thing is that it became normal life.”
Lynne filed for divorce from Jamie in 1980, the year before Britney was conceived, after he allegedly cheated on her. Lynne sought a restraining order, fearing divorce proceedings would spark his temper. However, the pair did not legally separate until 2000.
Willie says the erratic behaviour of his brother — who sought treatment for his problems with alcohol in 2004 — became a “normal” part of his niece’s childhood.
He continued: “One time Jamie was drunk and tried to drive off with Britney in the car. She was no more than five years old. I tried to stop him, so I reached into the truck to grab the keys from the ignition and he punched me. We got right into it there by the car, fighting in front of her.
“Britney was jumping up and down, crying. Lynne had to run out to get her inside. We Spears men are known for fighting. If Britney happened to be there, so be it.”
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