Britney Spears Video Breaks Silence Amidst Mental Health Crisis

In the beginning of April, Britney Spears stepped away from the public spotlight to focus on her mental health. Reportedly due to the stress related to her father's serious string of illnesses, the pop singer wanted to spend a bit of time centered on herself and provide some self-care during this difficult time.

The details were otherwise fleeting, and the public started spreading unsavory rumors about the full extent of her visitation. Was her ill father making his celebrity daughter seek this help? Was the famous troubled singer being forced to take medication against her will? Her fans grew concerned. Therefore, Britney Spears went back onto her social media to clear the air on these lingering questions. Here's the video Spears posted.

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In the Instagram video, Britney Spears confirmed that "all is well," despite what the rumor mill might've proclaimed in her absence. Spears admitted that her family has dealt with a lot of stress and anxiety these past few months, and the musician needed a moment or two to focus on herself. But the pop singer told her worried fans to calm their fears; Spears said she would be back soon.

So, there you have it. Britney Spears appears to be doing alright, despite the concerns made around her. She needs to stay in the mental health facility until the beginning of May. But one should expect Britney to make her public return shortly thereafter.

In the caption section, Britney Spears went into further details about the situation, elaborating more on where these rumors might have derived from.

These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago... I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment.

Additionally, Britney Spears wanted to let her fans know that she is strong and holding things together. But she kindly asks that the public respect her privacy at this time, especially given her current situation and the sensitivity of her treatment.

You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! 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. Love you.

As it was reported yesterday, Britney Spears mental health care involved the adjustment of her medication. Her current meds were allegedly not providing their intended effect, and she need to rework her prescriptions. But in order to prevent the greater risk of suicide or self-harm that can be a cause for concern for anyone (not merely Britney Spears) who wean off their medication, the doctors wanted to make sure Spears was given proper care and attention at this sensitive time. The doctors claimed they were on the verge of finding the right combination of medicine to give the celebrity musician after a series of "trial and error" efforts.

Additionally, this news about Britney Spears comes at a curious time in the singer's career. As it was also announced yesterday, Sony won the rights to adapt Once Upon A Time One More Time onto the big screen. Based on a stage production that's expected to premiere in the fall in Chicago before it heads to Broadway in 2020, it'll be the latest jukebox musical in the vein of Mamma Mia and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! to hit your local multiplexes. This time, they'll take hit singles from Britney Spears' 20 years of music-making and turn it into a lavish song-and-dance spectacle. And it's supposed to involve Grimm fairy tale creations as well. So, that's something.

Will Ashton

Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.