Britney Spears has addressed her controversial Instagram post about how to “look skinny” with a lengthy new statement shared on her page.
If you missed it, Britney sparked tons of backlash on Tuesday when she reposted a quote that claimed the “only” way to “look skinny” is to “hang out with fat people.”
“I found out there was only one way to look skinny: hang out with fat people,” the message read.
And in the caption next to the quote, Britney also named Christina Aguilera’s dancers, stating that she would have looked “extremely small” on stage if they had been supporting her.
“I wish I could have chosen the babysitters for my kids… my dancers… I mean if I had Christina Aguilera’s dancers I would have looked extremely small,” she wrote.
“I mean, why not talk about it? Don’t you think my confidence would have been any better if I could choose where I lived, ate, who I phoned, dated, and who was on stage with me!!!” she asked.
“Sometimes it’s hard now that I see how much of my femininity was stripped away at the time and all the people sat there and didn’t say anything! Anyway…I’ll be here talking about things that people NEVER talked about,” she added.
Moments after the post went live, Britney’s message received tons of critical comments calling her out for the “disgusting” message.
“You can tell YOUR truth without making an effort to offend someone,” one person wrote. “I’m so disappointed,” added another.
“What the fuck is this? fatphobia? Why would you want to take up less space after what you’ve been through? Why would you want to put someone down or make someone feel small? Use your platform responsibly. Do better,” wrote one user, while another echoed: “This meme is disgusting! How dare you post this for millions of girls to read?
After calling the whole thing “toxic”, some people even revealed that they had unfollowed Britney as a result of the post, while others pointed out that it could have been “harmful” for people experiencing eating disorders.
“This is so toxic. I have to let this… yikes go,” one person read. “The only thing that gives a woman confidence is how thin she is? Sad,” said another.
And things only escalated further after it was reported that Christina had apparently unfollowed Britney as well.
Meanwhile, on Twitter, fans were similarly critical of Britney’s post, labeling the message “extremely fatphobic.”
“Ummm, what the hell is Britney? this is extremely fatphobic, fat people are not your accessories to show how skinny you are. this doesn’t sit well with me,” one person tweeted.
“Just because she’s Britney Spears doesn’t mean the fat phobia post was okay,” wrote another.
Well, after all the backlash, Britney, whose name ended up trending on Twitter, actually addressed the issue herself, stating that she wasn’t “trying to be critical of anyone.”
“I was in no way criticizing Christina’s beautiful body, it is what it is! I flew in to see her show once and the main thing I noticed was the difference in our people on stage!!!” she wrote in a separate Instagram post.
“In no way did I mention Christina, check out my post! I was inspired by her show and she is a beautiful woman of power… Thank you @xtina for inspiring me!!!” she said.
Britney went on to explain that her post was a “projection” of her insecurities, which she said stemmed from the years she spent living under his guardianship, something many fans had assumed.
Much of Britney’s life was tightly controlled by her father and a group of lawyers under the legal settlement, which ran from 2008 to November 2021.
“To be honest, I’m not trying to criticize anyone. What I posted is a projection of the insecurities I deal with all the time as a result of how my parents and the media have treated me,” she wrote.
“I would never intentionally shame anyone because I know what it feels like… I struggle with this because of how I feel about myself, not because I hate how someone looks,” she continued.
“I feel like my family knew I was insecure and that people were trying to feed this insecurity on purpose by not letting me choose between the people who were on stage with me,” she said.
Britney concluded by expressing her gratitude to her fans for supporting her as she comes to terms with her “new life” after conservatorship. “I appreciate that everyone is understanding with me as I discover this new life that I am living,” she wrote.
Shortly after, some Instagram users thanked Britney for addressing the backlash and explaining the reasoning behind her message.
“I understand, you’ve been through a lot. Sometimes we attack in the wrong way. Knowing this and admitting it so soon after everything you’ve been through is very kind,” one person wrote. “I love the transparency,” added another.
However, others remained frustrated with the singer, not only urging her to delete the post, but also to apologize to Christina’s dancers.
“Ehhhhh no, sorry. The quote is embarrassing, as are the comments about Christina’s ballerinas. I love you to death but just delete it and apologize instead of trying to talk your way out of it,” one user wrote.
“Maybe an apology to the backup dancers… #just thought,” said another.