The hashtag “free Britney” has been going viral over the last few days after the pop icon was admitted into a mental health facility.
Fans of Britney Spears were worried that the singer was being held against her will, and took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
After photos of the 37-year-old leaving the facility on a day out emerged over the weekend, the internet went into overdrive with speculation.
Now, the Toxic hitmaker has taken to Instagram to stamp down on the rumours once and for all.
In a video posted on Tuesday night, Britney explained that she is “try to take a moment” for herself.
She said: “Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me — all is well.”
The starlet then referred to the many angry messages and tweets her family members, including her actor sister Jamie Lynne Spears, had been receiving.
With some cruel keyboard warriors even making death threats, she described the backlash as “many crazy things being said”.
Britney explained: “My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately.”
Before continuing, “So I just needed time to deal. But don’t worry, I’ll be back very soon.”
In the caption, the songstress went into a little more detail on what had been said and asked her fans for a little privacy at this difficult time.
Most of her 21.7million followers appreciated the sentiment of the message and offered her words of support in the comment section.
One said: “Sometimes showing respect and privacy is the best support people can offer.”
And a second added: “Music can wait, fans can wait. Take all the time you need!”
A third chipped in: “We love you Britney!”
While a fourth commented: “Sending positive energy during this time off to you and the family.”
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