Britney Spears dismisses ‘breakdown’ claims in return to Instagram
Britney Spears has returned to Instagram a week after removing her page.
The “Toxic” singer’s disappearance from the platform allegedly prompted some fans to contact the police to encourage a wellness check.
On Thursday (26 January), the 41-year-old singer issued a statement on Twitter calling for calm.
“As everyone knows the police were called to my home based on some prank phone calls,” Spears wrote. “I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded.”
On Sunday (29 January), the singer posted a Twitter video clip showing her in the gym, confirming she was “alive” and “well”.
Today (30 January), the singer made her first post to Instagram following her absence, sharing an image of a frozen rose flower with a long caption, telling fans that she has “never felt better”.
“Since everyone thinks they know my story. THINK AGAIN !!!” she wrote.
“No I’m not having a breakdown … I am who I am and moving forward in my life. I have never felt better !!!”
Spears then told followers that she prefers to be referred to as “River Red”, the name that she recently added to her Instagram profile.
“Nope, I’m not this girl or that girl ….I am River Red,” she wrote. “And being able to volumise my voice in a world where I lost my rights … for 15 years … gives me an opportunity to succeed !!! [sic]”
She continued by appearing to reference her former conservatorship, which was established in 2008 after her father Jamie Spears petitioned the court to control over his daughter’s personal life and finances. It was lifted in 2021
“Still learning this no rules thing … I don’t think so limited … I feel younger and in awe … unfortunately I’m boring as hell and drink hot chocolate at night !!! I’ve waited nearly 15 years to drink alcohol only to realise I hate it,” Spears said.
“PS yes I took my Instagram down and now it’s back up because I can.”
Yesterday, the “Baby One More Time” singer explained her absence from the platform in a tweet.
The musician admitted she temporarily left the social media platform because she was getting mocked by people for the videos she had posted of her dancing.
Yep that's me … I'm alive and well. But not really convinced on these health juices🥤, I mean there are SO MANY !!! Yoga and chest call me in 🧘🏼♀️. I do it inside, outside, wherever I fancy … this is me at a gym living my best life 🏋🏼♀️ !!! pic.twitter.com/5GMcpkPMfy
— Britney Spears 🌹🚀 (@britneyspears) January 29, 2023
She wrote: “I shut down my Instagram because there were too many people saying I looked like an idiot dancing and that I looked crazy.”
“Honestly I was doing my best but it disturbed me to see people freely talk about it on TV ... yep it hurt my feelings,” she explained.
Spears reiterated that she is “sensitive” and that she is still “shocked as hell” that the police arrived at her house after fans allegedly “got worried” after she removed the Instagram account.
“It really was uncalled for,” she continued. “l adore my fans but for those who did that aren’t real fans and I honestly felt like it was a way to make me look bad.”