Britney Spears Says She’s ‘Been Way Too Cautious’ With What She Posts on Instagram

The Free Britney movement has officially reached Britney Spears herself. The famous performer shared her thoughts on the slogan and its supporters in an August 2021 Instagram post. Additionally, Spears also wrote about why she thinks she shouldn’t hold back on social media anymore.

Britney Spears acknowledges the movement

Britney Spears arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016, in New York City.
Britney Spears arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016, in New York City. | Allen Berezovsky/WireImage

The movement in 2019 after Spears’ fans became aware of legal battles surrounding her conservatorship. Over the next two years, it continued to grow, with more media attention brought to the issue through protests, in-depth articles, and documentaries like Framing Britney Spears.

According to Spears’ own social media channels, however, the artist’s life seemingly remained unchanged. She posted videos of herself dancing, inspirational quotes, and repeated selfies without acknowledging the movement. However, all of that changed in mid-2021.

After Spears made a statement during her June 2021 court appearance, she publicly recognized the Free Britney movement. “New with real representation today,” she said in a July 2021 Twitter post, noting how her recent request to choose her own lawyer was granted. In addition to thanking her “awesome fans,” Spears ended the post with the hashtag “FreeBritney.”

The singer shared a post of a Free Britney flag

In addition to her usual posts, Spears has addressed her fans and their continued efforts to support her more since the court appearance. On August 9, 2021, she shared a post from a private Instagram user involved in the Free Britney movement, proudly displaying their “#Free Britney” flag.

“Geez look at that flag,” Spears began. “I was like ‘My flag up over the American Flag !?!?'” she continued. The singer addressed the public perception of her conservatorship, writing, “I know in my previous post I said you guys know my situation but LET ME CLARIFY … you only know half of it.”

Spears also wrote about how some fans have expressed concern over what she shares online. “for a lot of you who say I should be cautious with what I post … I mean if you REALLY THINK ABOUT IT … with what I’ve been through I believe I been WAAAY TOO CAUTIOUS,” she wrote, adding, “One day I will live on the edge.”

The ‘Free Britney’ case heats up with Jamie Spears comments

Signs at the #FreeBritney Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on July 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. The #FreeBritney movement seeks an end to a conservatorship of the singer managed by her father, Jamie Spears, and Jodi Montgomery, which controls her assets and business dealings, following her involuntary hospitalization for mental care in 2008.
Signs at the #FreeBritney Rally at the Lincoln Memorial on July 14, 2021, in Washington, DC. The #FreeBritney movement seeks an end to a conservatorship of the singer managed by her father, Jamie Spears, and Jodi Montgomery, which controls her assets and business dealings, following her involuntary hospitalization for mental care in 2008. | Shannon Finney/Getty Images

Spears gained new representation to continue her fight against the conservatorship. However, the first step in that is removing her father, Jamie Spears, as conservator. Spears expressed her desire to do so during her June 2021 statement. However, her dad has continued to push back.

A few days before Spears’ post about the Free Britney flag, Variety reported that Jamie Spears maintained his daughter was “mentally sick” due to a phone call he’d received from Jodi Montgomery, her personal conservator. However, Montgomery’s representation denied she’d said this. Additionally, both Montgomery and Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart, want Jamie Spears removed as conservator.

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