Britney Spears deleted her Instagram after the announcement of her engagement to longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari. This move comes after months of court battles regarding her conservatorship. With her father filing a motion to remove his control, this could mark a new era for Britney.
A source close to the pop star said that the decision to delete the account was completely up to Britney and something that she had been wanting to do for a while. Before making the surprising decision to deactivate her account, the singer shared this sweet message to fans and #FreeBritney supporters.
The singer wrote: “Growing up in a world where basically almost everything I did was controlled by someone else… I hope this message gets to people who have been confused or manipulated by a system! No … you’re not alone and no … you’re not crazy! People need to hear this before it’s too late! I’ve waited 13 years and counting for my freedom! Again … team #FreeBritney you guys fucking kick ass! Love you so much and God bless!”
Britney also addressed worried fans on Twitter and said that she was just taking a break from social media to celebrate her engagement and that she would be back soon. Following the surprising deletion of her Instagram, #WhereIsBritney went viral with many fans concerned that it was another bad sign of the singer’s conservatorship.
One fan wrote on Twitter, “Britney’s Instagram is the only way she can communicate with the public. I don’t believe for a second she deleted it herself. Something weird is going on.”
Social media played a big role in the #FreeBritney movement. The singer used her Instagram to bring awareness to the alleged abusive conservatorship that she was under at the hands of her father. Earlier Instagram videos of the popstar saw her rocking back and forth and talking nonsense about her summer. Fans said that this was a sign that her speech was scripted and that she was being mistreated by her family and team.
Fans also interpreted the different emojis and colors that Britney used in her early 2020 Instagram videos as communication devices letting fans know whether she was in trouble or safe.
The singer’s legal team brought her father to court over the summer and fought for his removal from her conservatorship. The conservatorship had been going on for the past 13 years after the pop singer had a series of breakdowns.
In an emotional testimony, the 39-year-old singer told the court the horrific restrictions that she had to deal with under her conservatorship. “I cried on the phone for an hour, and he loved every minute of it,” Britney told the court. “The control he had over someone as powerful as me—he loved the control to hurt his own daughter. One hundred thousand percent, he loved it.”
She also explained that under the conservatorship she had no say in whether she could get married or have any more children. Britney has two sons, Sean and Jayden, with ex-husband Kevin Federline. The pop star said that she wasn’t allowed to remove her IUD or have more children.
Throughout the summer, Britney expressed that she wanted to end her conservatorship and start making her own decisions. Her father, Jamie Spears, filed a motion on Sept. 7 that would remove him as the head conservator of his daughter’s estate.
Britney’s lawyer spoke to Us Weekly and was excited about the motion that was filed. “This filing represents a massive legal victory for Britney Spears, as well as vindication,” Mathew Rosengart, said. “Having exposed his misconduct and improper plan to hold his daughter hostage by trying to extract a multi-million dollar settlement, Mr. Spears has now effectively surrendered. There is no settlement.”
Her engagement to her longtime boyfriend marks one of the first major decisions that Britney has made in over 13 years.