The ongoing Britney Spears legal battle has taken another turn, this time out of the courtroom. Over the weekend, the singer took to Instagram several times to shut down misinformation spread by her family and call them out—including sister Jamie Lynn Spears.
On July 16, Britney posted a graphic that read "Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask" which fans interpreted to be directed at Jamie Lynn in particular. In her lengthy caption, she elaborated on how "there’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation."
"How dare the people you love the most say anything at all … did they even put a hand out to even lift me up at the TIME !!!???" she continued. "How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning ???? Again … NO."
She added that these people "actually have the nerve to say anything about my situation just to save face for yourself publicly" and implored them to "please stop with the righteous approach when you’re so far from righteous it’s not even funny."
On July 17, Spears posted another image to Instagram, this time reading: “Take me as I am or kiss my ass eat shit and step on legos.” In the caption, she got even saltier and defended herself against those haters who criticize her dance videos on Instagram, and she also promised that she’s done performing on stage as long as her father is involved.
“For those of you who choose to criticize my dancing videos ... look I'm not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think!!!! I've done that for the past 13 years,” she began.
“I'd much rather share videos YES from my living room instead of onstage in Vegas where some people were so far gone they couldn't even shake my hand and I ended up getting a contact high from weed all the time,” she continued. “Which I didn't mind but it would have been nice to be able to go to the mother f---ing spa!!!!”
Spears then got into the creative frustrations she’s faced under her father’s conservatorship, revealing that she hasn’t been able to perform new music for her fans. She also revealed that she wasn’t on board with her sister, Jamie Lynn, performing her songs during the 2017 tribute to Britney at the Radio Disney Music Awards.
“I'm not gonna put on heavy makeup and try try try on stage again and not be able to do the real deal with remixes of my songs for years and begging to put my new music in my show for MY fans ... so I quit !!!!” she wrote.
“I don't like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes!!!!! My so-called support system hurt me deeply!!!! This conservatorship killed my dreams ... so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill ... yet people still try!!!!” she wrote.
Spears then addressed the recent documentaries about her life, saying she doesn’t like the way they bring up “humiliating moments from the past,” and that’s she’s been past all of that for a long time now. She also had some choice words for the “women who say it's weird the way I still have hope for fairy tales” because hope is all she currently has.
“You're lucky I post anything at all,” Spears wrapped. “If you don't like what you see, unfollow me!!! People try to kill hope because hope is one of the most vulnerable and fragile things there is!!!! I'm gonna go read a mother f---ing fairy tale now!!!! Psss if you don’t want to see my precious ass dancing in my living room or it’s not up to your standards ... go read a f---ing book.”
The post has since gone viral with more than two million likes and celebrities like Paris Hilton and Selma Blair writing their support in the comments. The new posts also sparked more backlash against Jamie Lynn Spears, who earlier this month asked people to stop sending her death threats for not speaking up earlier over Britney’s conservatorship battle.
Jamie Lynn posted a slightly more cryptic response to Instagram on July 18. In it, the 30-year-old shared several mirror selfies in which she’s sporting a red skirt-suit and matching heels. In the comments, she shared an emoji of the fingers peace sign and a red heart. In an earlier version of the post, she had also written, “May the peace of the Lord be with you, and your spirit.”
The comments for the post have been turned off, but hours later, Britney shared another Instagram video, this one of her dancing.
“May the Lord wrap your mean ass up in joy today ....” she posted, seemingly in response to her sister. “PS RED,” she added with three rose emojis. “Pssss … this is Bad Guy part 2 … same song new dance… if you don’t like it ... don’t watch it!!!!!”
Spears has been under a conservatorship for the past 13 years, but is currently in court contesting it. Through the hearings, allegations of abuse and repression have surfaced, and Spears has told the judge she wants her father charged with conservatorship abuse.
Last week, Britney secured a big win when the court allowed her to finally hire her own legal representation, attorney Matthew Rosengart. He has since called on Spears’ father, Jamie, to voluntarily step down as conservator.
“Jamie Spears should be removed as conservator because it is in [the] best interest of the conservatee,” he told the court. “We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee.”
For now, Jamie Spears continues to be Britney’s conservator of her estate while her care manager, Jodi Montgomery, continues as her temporary conservator of her person until September 3.
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