09:47, April 24 111 0 theguardian.com

2019-04-24 09:47:06
Britney Spears responds to #FreeBritney conspiracy: 'All is well'

Britney Spears has made her first public statement after checking into a mental health facility in early April. At the time of her admission, Spears, 37, was reported by Variety to be suffering from emotional distress, related to her father Jamie’s health troubles. In January, she cancelled her ongoing Vegas residency to prioritise spending time with her family.

However, fans of the star have claimed that she is being held against her will under the terms of her conservatorship. It has been in place since early 2008, after she shaved her head in public, attacked a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella and was hospitalised twice.

Under the conservatorship, Spears cannot make personal or financial decisions without the approval of her father. A co-conservator, lawyer Andrew M Wallet, reportedly resigned from his position on 4 March. The conservators cannot, however, force a conservatee to take medication, nor institutionalise them against their will.

In a video posted to her Instagram, Spears said: “All is well. My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal. But don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon.”

She offered more details in an extended caption, in which she stated that the allegations “have just gotten out of control”. She claimed that her family and team had received death threats, and that she was “trying to take a moment for myself”.

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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