Britney Spears has had it all year.
The pop singer turns 40 on Thursday after a year of ups and downs that culminated last month at the end of her 13-year tutorship.
“It’s a very long time to be in a situation that you don’t want to be in,” she told fans in a statement. video posted last month. “So I’m just thankful, honestly, for each day that I have the keys to be a car, to be independent and to feel like a woman. … I hope my story will make an impact and bring changes to the corrupt system. “
In February, the documentary “Framing Britney Spears” plunged into the singer’s battle to regain control of her life and prompted pop culture fans to come to terms with the public mistreatment of Spears and others. stars.
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Two more documentaries, “Controlling Britney Spears” and “Britney vs. Spears” followed in September. Although Spears expressed her contempt for documentaries (“Why point out the most negative and traumatic moments in my life since forever ????”, she wrote in May), they nonetheless helped make know her tutelage and launch the Free Britney campaign for new heights.
“My voice has been muffled and threatened for so long. I couldn’t speak or say anything,” she told supporters of Free Britney in a Nov. 16 statement. video. “I honestly think you saved my life.
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Through it all, she kept fans informed on social media. Instagram, in particular, has been a way for Spears to authentically express her feelings at a time when she did not have complete control over her life or public perception. She shared dance videos, inspiring graphics, and lengthy rants with plenty of punctuation to share her thoughts on tabloid guardianship and attention.
The guardianship battle raged through much of 2021, with ugly back and forth between Spears and his father, Jamie Spears, who previously served as the co-curator, and subtle digs taken online at d other family members who the singer said weren’t showing support when she needed it.
But there were also moments of joy. She had fun with these dance videos. She adopted a new puppy. And in September, she and fitness influencer Sam Asghari announced their engagement.
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That’s not to say all is well for the pop icon who’s moving forward. As she determines what life will be like after conservation, Spears has documented some of the hardships – namely the fallout with her family over guardianship and the relentless attention of the paparazzi.
“Paps took pictures of me coming out of a public bathroom,” she shared on Instagram on Wednesday. “I mean how embarrassing it is ????”
Still, her social media presence suggests she’s looking for the positives: “So just when I got home I had PFC… that means ‘partying for confidence,’ he said. she continued in Wednesday’s post. “I swear if you have confidence issues or low self-esteem. and you have to practice walking with your head held high and a little hunched… you have to try it !!!! “
As Spears plans her next moves, she’s excited about the little things: use your own ATM card, be able to buy your own candles, traveling to celebrate the big 4-0 (Asghari shared videos from her Instagram Story on Wednesday showing a B-shaped birthday cake covered in roses for his fiancee). And the great moments in life, like getting married and potentially expanding their family.
To borrow a line from the pop princess herself, Spears’ future looks more solid than yesterday.
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