With the #FreeBritney movement at its crux, Britney Spears has become more and more vocal about her 13-year conservatorship and the strain it’s put on her relationships — even those between her and her family members. On Friday night, the pop star shared a cryptic Instagram post that reads, “Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask.” While Spears didn’t name names, fans are speculating that her caption was targeted at her family, most notably her sister Jamie Lynn Spears.
Spears wrote in the caption,
“There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be and speak righteously for support … there’s nothing worse than that !!!! 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 !!!??? How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning ???? Again … NO … so if you’re reading this and you know who you are … and you actually have the nerve to say anything about my situation just to save face for yourself publicly !!! If you’re gonna post something …. Please stop with the righteous approach when you’re so far from righteous it’s not even funny …. and have a good day !!!!! PS if you’re reading this today and you can relate …. I’m sorry because I know what it’s like … and I send you my love !!!!”
Update: In a follow-up Instagram post on Saturday night, Spears made it crystal clear who she is talking about, naming her sister and father by name. She also hit back at critics of her dancing videos. Here is her statement in full:
“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 … 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 … which I didn’t mind but it would have been nice to be able to go to the mother fucking spa 💆🏼♀️🤭🧖🏼♀️ !!!! And no 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 !!!! 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 !!!! I didn’t like the way the documentaries bring up humiliating moments from the past … I’m way past all that and have been for a long time !!!! And for women who say it’s weird the way I still have hope for fairy tales … go fuck yourself 🖕🏼 !!!!! As I said … hope is all I have right now … you’re lucky I post anything at all … 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 fucking 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 fucking book 📕 !!!!!
Though Jamie Lynn has vocalized her support for her older sister on social media, some have been skeptical, criticizing her remarks for being too little, too late. They also point to the fact that Jamie Lynn was added as a trustee of her sister’s estate in 2018, and had made efforts to move assets from Britney’s trust into a brokerage account that she herself controlled.
On June 23rd, Spears gave a poignant testimony in court calling for the end of her conservatorship by her father. Earlier this week, a judge approved her request to hire her own private counsel to represent her as the case continues.