Britney Spears has updated fans on her condition for the first time since she voluntarily checked into a psychiatric facility earlier this month.
The singer, who has been on hiatus since January, reportedly checked herself into the facility after due to her father suffering a period of ill health which had caused her emotional distress.
Now Spears has shared an Instagram video updating fans, explaining that she wanted to check in “with all of you who are concerned about me.”
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I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago… I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment 🌸🌸🌸 You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you ❤️❤️❤️
“All is well,” she explained, “My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to heal. But don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon.”
The 37-year-old singer also addresses the “rumours, death threats to my family and my team”, after it was alleged that fake emails were being leaked by her former manager Sam Lutfi.
“Don’t believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago… I did not write them,” said Spears.
“He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment.”
It comes as fans have stepped up the “#FreeBritney” campaigns, staging protests and online discussions which allege that the singer is being held against her will.
Monday (22nd April) saw dozens of fans occupy the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and N. Sweetzer Ave chanting “Hands off, Britney” and “Justice for Britney” in response to online rumours that the singer was being held against her will in the mental health facility.
TMZ reported that the star was admitted to a psychiatric facility at the start of this month, and is expected to remain in care for a month.
Spears hinted at the break via a positive quote via an Instagram post earlier this month: “Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit”, alongside the caption: “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.’ :)”
In January, Spears announced a hiatus from music due to her concern over her father’s ongoing health crisis over the past year, who recently underwent a second surgery to fix a ruptured colon.
It came just two months after Spears halted her famous Las Vegas residency to care for her father, explaining her position to fans on Instagram: “A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.”
Spears’ mental health issues date back to 2007 when the pop star experienced a public break down which saw her shave her head and attack paparazzi with an umbrella.
Photo via Britney Spears’ Instagram