Britney Spears is not being held against her will, contrary to what you've read and heard.
On Tuesday (April 23), Spears, who has been undergoing treatment at a mental health facility since late March, expressed her gratitude to worried fans in a hopeful video update about her health and family, insisting her treatment has been voluntary.
"Hi guys, just checking in with all of you who have been concerned about me. All is well. My family has been going through a lot of stress and anxiety lately so I just needed time to deal," says Spears in the clip, "But don't worry I will be back very soon."
The 37-year-old's message arrives in the wake of a conspiracy theory that sparked the online movement "#FreeBritney," which inspired online protests demanding the "Work" singer be "set free" from the facility where it was thought she was being held.
Britney, nonetheless, proceeded to set the record straight on the speculation in her latest Instagram post.
"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," 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. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago... I did not write them."
Britney later claims Lutfi was using her identity under a fake e-mail address while communicating with her team, and despite the "unique" nature of her situation, "I'm doing what's best at this moment.
"You may not know this about me, but I am strong," she assured, "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. Love you."
As previously reported, the "Break the Ice" musician was last spotted in public amid treatment with boyfriend Sam Asghari on Easter Sunday (April 21).
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