The pop star and her boyfriend, fitness model Sam Asghari, posted matching videos to their Instagram accounts on New Year’s Day, showing off their affection for each other on camera.
Britney Spears wants to put a stop to rumors.
The singer, 37, returned to social media Tuesday to reassure fans that she’s doing OK after many followers voiced worry with a #FreeBritney hashtag on Twitter. .
“Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me. All is well,” Spears said in a video posted to Instagram Tuesday. “My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately, so I just needed time to deal.”
She continued: “Don’t worry I’ll be back very soon.”
Spears explained in the caption that she felt compelled to speak out because “things that are being said have just gotten out of control!”
Last month, Spears had said she was taking some “me time.”
“Wow! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said,” she wrote. “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.”
The #FreeBritney social media campaign was a fan response to reports from outlets like Entertainment Tonight and Variety saying the singer had entered a mental health treatment facility in mid-April. Fans questioned whether Spears, who said she was taking time off for self-care, went there willingly or was forced to by her management and family.
Spears didn’t directly address the speculation, but did promise her fans that she’s “doing what’s best at this moment” for herself.
“You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want!” she wrote. “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.”
Spears’ time away has further delayed the launches of her Domination residency in Las Vegas and her new album, both of which she postponed to help care for her ailing father Jamie, who had been hospitalized after suffering a ruptured colon.
Contributing: Maeve McDermott
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