Grammy award-winning artist Britney Spears responded to “out of control” rumours in a Tuesday-night Instagram post.
- Spears reportedly checked herself into a mental hospital earlier this month.
- Her father suffered from a ruptured colon and was hospitalized last year. Spears reportedly had difficulty coping with her father’s illness.
In her Instagram post, Spears also took aim at Sam Lutfi, her short-term former manager.
Lutfi, who represented Spears for less than a year in 2007, described her as looking “terrified and aberrant” in recent paparazzi photos.
Grammy award-winning artist Britney Spears responded to “out of control” rumours in an Instagram video Tuesday night.
“I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!!” Spears said in a message accompanied with a short video. “There’s rumours, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said.”
“I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me,” she added.
According to TMZ, Spears checked herself into a mental hospital earlier this month. Spears reportedly had difficulty coping with her father’s illness, he suffered a ruptured colon in November 2018.
Spears’ father Jamie is reportedly the singer’s longtime confidante and conservator, a financial and lifestyle guardian. and was allegedly transitioning between medications around this time. The medicine she was taking had lost its efficacy, and doctors had to go through several trials to find the right balance for the 37-year-old singer, TMZ said.
Things became complicated after podcasts and fans – part of a broader #FreeBritney movement – theorised the singer was undergoing a more serious struggle. An unnamed person who claimed to have represented Spears said in a fan podcast that she was forced to submit herself to the facility and take her medication.
TMZ reported that despite claims of Jamie, as Spears’ conservator, forcibly checking her into the facility and compelling her to take medicine, he did not have the authority to do so. Spears was reportedly willing to check herself into the facility.
In her Instagram post, Spears also took aim at Sam Lutfi, her short-term former manager. Lutfi, who represented Spears for less than a year in 2007. Spears’ parents later filed a restraining order against Lutfi and alleged he had drugged her and leaked her location to the press. Lutfi sued Spears and her family for defamation. After a seven-year fight, Spears settled and paid Lutfi “in the low six figures,” sources told TMZ in 2016.
On social media, Lufti described Spears as looking “terrified and aberrant” in recent paparazzi photos.
“Don’t believe everything you read and hear,” Spears said. “These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago… I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment”
Spears said she was hopeful for the future but also asked for privacy.
“You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want,” Spears said. “Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you ❤️❤️❤️”
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