Britney Spears took to Twitter on Tuesday night to reveal how she was “taking the time to learn and be a normal person,” as she shared a clip of her "Toxic" performance on 2018's New Years Rockin' Eve.
“Can’t believe this performance of Toxic is from 3 years ago !!! I’ll always love being on stage ....” the 39-year-old star wrote.
Then she wrote something that left many fans wondering if she was referring to the newly released "Framing Britney Spears" documentary that highlights some astonishing details about the singer’s rise to fame.
“Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives,” the "Baby One More Time" singer cryptically added.
“Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens,” she concluded.
Each person has their story and their take on other people’s stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives 🌹🌸🌷🌼!!! Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens 📷✨ !!!!— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) February 9, 2021
It marks the first time Britney has commented publicly after the documentary on her "teenage star," which was released on Friday. She did not make any reference to the scandalous film – it's “heartbreaking” and “sad” accounts of the singer's failed romances (hi, Justin Timberlake), mental health struggles, and legal troubles over her conservatorship have been discussed widely on the net.
But many decided Britney was alluding to the film.
We love you Britney 💖 We are rooting for you and your happiness, whatever it may look like for you.— Blaire White (@MsBlaireWhite) February 9, 2021
We love and support you, B. ❤️— Bradley Stern (@MuuMuse) February 9, 2021
Not everyone agreed though, as some fans speculated that the words did not come from the musician herself.
If only we could hear from you directly and not from behind the lens and in your own words...not words that we see you reading on cards. I hope that one day you can be free to live YOUR life the way YOU want to and with WHO you want to 🤍— Lyndsay Parker (@LyndsayNParker) February 9, 2021
when I read this, I knew this wasn't britney who tweeted it. and down in the comment, many fans agree. lol— teleport us to mars (@tetapmuda) February 10, 2021
Came here to say this. One of her management team trying to cover up from the documentary.— Kristan Wulfkuhle (@kwulfkuhle) February 10, 2021
One source allegedly familiar with the matter told Page Six that as of Sunday, Spears had not watched the New York Times documentary, despite being aware of it.
“She’s chosen not to watch it because she’s fed up with the conservatorship,” the insider revealed. “She feels there is a hole missing in her life because of the conservatorship and that she won’t be able to live a normal life until that’s over. She knows it’s a battle for her whole life.”
The film, released on FX and Hulu, details the story of Britney Spears’s conservatorship with her father Jamie, who was appointed as her legal guardian, and how the #FreeBritney movement demanded the superstar's released from her family’s legal grasp.
Jamie was proclaimed his daughter’s conservator back in 2008, after the singer’s infamous head-shaving incident and umbrella attack on the paparazzi. She lost custody of her two children and was placed in a psychiatric hospital as a result.
Under conservatorship, the star continued performing on stage and making millions, but her father remained the solo guardian of her wealth, making important everyday decisions for years. He took a short break in 2019 over reported health issues before continuing in the role.
But Britney was apparently dissatisfied with the situation, as the #FreeBritney movement has revealed.
The singer’s lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III said in a court filing in November that his client was “strongly opposed” to her father as a conservator and even said during the hearing that she was “afraid” of her dad. But the court decided to keep Jamie in his role, while also appointing a co-conservator to the case as per singer’s request – the private fiduciary Bessemer Trust.
According to the New York Times, the case is set to return to the court this week following the clamour around the new documentary.