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Britney Spears' journey of reclaiming her voice and writing own narrative

Darcy Rafter June 16, 2022
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Britney Spears has used her Instagram as a place to be unfiltered, creating an open and honest dialogue with fans.

Spears’ journey of reclaiming her voice and re-writing her own narrative may have been a long one, but a new chapter is just beginning.

Britney has rarely spoken out about her conservatorship and life in the limelight over the years. Aside from her Instagram which appears to be her platform of choice for speaking about her family and the conservatorship she was placed under back in 2008 by Judge Reva Goetz.

Fans of the Toxic singer called for a social movement in 2020 titled #FreeBritney and on 12th November 2021, Judge Brenda Penny ended her conservatorship.

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Britney Spears’ journey of reclaiming her voice

Ever since the end of her conservatorship, Britney Spears has been even more candid on social media. She has posted near-topless selfies, expressed body image issues, and shared stories from her past.

Up until recently, Spears avoided saying anything that may be deemed controversial on her Instagram account, but now she is reclaiming her voice fans are loving the real her. Spears is starting afresh as expressed in one of her favoured quotes which she shared on her profile: “Normalise starting over as many times as you need.”

On 30 April 2021, Spears shared a black and white picture of a child holding up her middle finger which she posted on Instagram. “Hi my name is Britney Spears… nice to meet you,” she wrote. “One of my strongest gifts is that I’m pretty straightforward.” Followed by a string of light-hearted laughing emojis, although, it appears Brit was being pretty serious!

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Since then, Britney has expressed her feelings and called out situations and people on her grid. On 3 May, Spears’ journey of reclaiming her narrative began with a long post that hit out at the documentary, Framing Britney Spears.

“These documentaries are so hypocritical… they criticise the media and then do the same thing??? Damn…” she said.

Spears finally writes her own narrative

A month later on 23 June, Britney Spears posted a 20-minute video reading a letter detailing her feelings towards her conservatorship.

A day after her court appearance, Britney shared how she had deceitfully made it seem like her life was “pretty amazing” when in reality it was the opposite. However, by using Instagram she feels it has “helped me have a cool outlet to share my presence… existence… and to simply feel like I matter despite what I was going through and hey it worked…” she wrote.

Britney is known for sharing posts of herself dancing in her home wearing revealing outfits. After receiving backlash for the posts she hit out at haters with a meme posted on the 18th of July, that reads: “Take me as I am or kiss my a**, eat s**t and step on legos.”

In the comments, she wrote, “I’m not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do or think.” Adding “I’ve done that for the past 13 years… I’d much rather share videos YES from my living room instead of onstage in Vegas”

Britney Spears says she ‘never invited’ brother to wedding

More recently, Spears opened up about further details of her 13-year conservatorship in a now-deleted Instagram post, Britney Spears shared:

“I can’t drink a lot … true story — the 13 years of being in the conservatorship I was drug tested at least 3 times a week … I don’t even really like alcohol…,” Spears explained. “It’s pretty funny my family doing what they did to me with drug testing me that whole time and yet I can’t stand most alcohol!!!” she notes in the slideshow posted on 14 June.

Spears ended the caption by saying she didn’t invite her brother, Bryan Spears, to her wedding. Before calling him out for a podcast he appeared on in 2020. In the As NOT Seen on TV Podcast, Bryan is asked by Drew Plotkin ‘why doesn’t your family just let her be?’ to which he responds ‘she can’t even make a dinner reservation.’

Spears told her brother on the Instagram “your podcast interview was so SPECIAL!!!,” with an eye-roll emoji, “I know you and the family had no bad intentions at all whatsoever taking all those years away when I wanted to honestly just be a respected individual with a glass of red wine.’

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.