Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera introducing Whitney Houston at the 1999 Video Music Awards

Britney Spears’ televised court testimony was a watershed moment for the pop superstar and her fans that have been following the case surrounding her controversial conservatorship. Her moving testimony led many celebs in the entertainment industry to throw their support behind the embattled Spears, and that group includes former Voice coach Christina Aguilera, who was once seen as quasi-rival to Spears in the pop music sphere.

Christina Aguilera finally spoke out about Britney Spears' personal and legal struggles, taking to her Twitter to show support for her former Mickey Mouse Club co-star in a multi-tweet thread. Aguilera opened up about Spears’ current circumstances being on her mind recently, and touched upon the autonomy over women’s bodies and other hot-button issues. She even posted a sweet throwback photo of her and Spears during their MMC days. Check out the former Voice coach’s statement below:

Having been friends since their MMC days, it was awesome to see Christina Aguilera throw her support behind Spears’ legal battle. Because if anybody would know the pressure Britney Spears has faced from the public, if not Spears' particular family-oriented situation, it’s Aguilera. The Grammy winner came off as a concerned friend who finally grasped a full peek behind the curtain, and her reaction was a positive sign of camaraderie, proving this situation goes beyond any career-based rivalries.

Both women were the center of the late 1990s teen pop explosion, competing for everything from magazine covers to Grammy Awards. Such quick vaults to fame, combined with overabundant press coverage, led to Christina Aguilera friendship with Britney Spears crumbling under the spotlights. But in the last decade or so, the women have been far more quick to praise one another, seemingly putting their personal squabbles in the past, and it’s touching to see Aguilera share a real reaction to it all, as opposed to a quickly crafted tweet of platitudes.

After coming to Spears’ defense, Christina Aguilera continued to advocate for Britney Spears’ rights as a human being. The Grammy-winning singer said about Spear’s controversial conservatorship:

To be silenced, ignored, bullied or denied support by those 'close' to you is the most depleting, devastating and demeaning thing imaginable. The harmful mental and emotional damage this can take on a human spirit is nothing to be taken lightly.

As a self-proclaimed feminist, Christina Aguilera was touched by Britney Spears’ plea for her own freedom after largely being kept silent about everything involving her father. She even hearkened back to the connection they shared, and Aguilera went all in for her former pop rival receiving full control over her life and body.

The conviction and desperation of this plea for freedom leads me to believe that this person I once knew has been living without compassion or decency from those in control. To a woman who has worked under conditions and pressure unimaginable to most, I promise you she deserves all of the freedom possible to live her happiest life. My heart goes out to Britney. She deserves all the TRUE love and support in the world.

Christina Aguilera’s words to Britney Spears spoke volumes when compared to other commentaries on Spears’ case and the #FreeBritney movement from those outside the industry, including the "Framing Britney Spears" documentary. Aguilera has been opening up more about her own struggles in the entertainment industry, so it was encouraging to see the Grammy-winning singer put her full support behind Britney Spears' quest for independence.

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