Britney Spears has released a statement addressing death threats, hacked emails, and concerns about her safety.
In a video posted on Instagram last night (25 April), the 37-year-old pop icon insisted ‘all is well’ during a time of ‘stress and anxiety’ for her family.
After entering a 30-day treatment program late last month, rumors swelled that the singer’s family were holding her there ‘against her will.’
What did she say?
Spears revealed she and her team have received death threats as a result of ‘crazy’ rumors about her welfare. Allegations arose last week that her family is holding her against her will at a health facility in Los Angeles, US.
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But she made the video to reassure fans that she just needs ‘time to deal’ and that fans should not ‘believe everything.’
Moreover, while she admitted that her family has been going through ‘stress and anxiety,’ she insisted she is ‘strong.’
She reassured her fans by saying: ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon.’
Hacked e-mail allegations
The Stronger singer also accused her ex-manager Sam Lutfi of impersonating her in e-mail exchanges and accused him of ‘crafting’ fake communications. A claim he strongly denied.
Lutfi issued his own statement on his personal Twitter account denying the accusations. Thought to be addressed to Spears’ current business manager, Lou Taylor.
In it, the ex-manager said: ‘I can unequivocally state that I never wrote nor had access to her e-mail.
‘Her team’s desperate attempt to deflect negative attention onto me (yet again) is a rather ineffective way to overshadow the FreeBritney movement.
Nice try Lou but this isn’t going to work this time around pic.twitter.com/v5fopzErKz
— Sam Lutfi (@SamLutfi) April 24, 2019
‘In addition to making certain people in her camp look bad, the e-mails in question show a woman capable of running her own life, a narrative they apparently want to hide.’
Spears’ ex-manager then went onto retweet two tweets questioning the validity of Spears’ statement.
What is #FreeBritney?
ET reported that Spears checked-into the facility due to the tremendous stress she has endured due to the current health crisis of her father, Jamie Spears.
However, #FreeBritney has been trending across social media since the news broke.
Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, comedians and creators of the Britney’s Grampodcast, claimed last week that they had received ‘an anonymous tip from a credible source’ alleging that Spears entered the health facility without her consent.
Around the 8:22 mark of the podcast episode, the hosts played back a voicemail that is allegedly from a paralegal who used to work for an attorney that was involved in Spears’ conservatorship.
Spears’ statement in full
‘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 ❤️❤️❤️’