Lorilee Craker has a view of Britney Spears that many people don’t: through the eyes of the pop star’s mother.
The Michigan-based freelance writer has been working with Lynne Spears since March on a book chronicling Spears’ experiences raising a family in the glare of the media spotlight.
“Pop Culture Mom: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World” is set for release May 11, which is Mother’s Day, Curt Harding, a spokesman for Thomas Nelson Inc., a Christian book publisher, said last week.
The book comes at a time when the 25-year-old pop star has been ridiculed in the tabloids over her shaved head, plummeting music career, rehab stay and custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
The collaboration isn’t a celebrity tell-all, Craker says.
“One thing I do want to make clear is that she’s not a stage mom,” Craker told The Grand Rapids Press. “People are so accusatory toward her and so judgmental of her, and it just drives me crazy because I know the real her.”
Britney and her mother recently reconciled after a period of estrangement, Craker said.
The request came the same day as Spears and Federline appeared in a Los Angeles court for a closed-door hearing in the custody case.
Spears has also asked the court to reinstate her overnight visits with her two sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.