Britney Spears tried to make clear her remarks this week after being accused of body-shaming her onetime rival, Christina Aguilera, on social media.

Spears wrote on Instagram Tuesday that she was “not making an attempt to be important of anyone.” As for the controversial put up in query, the pop star mentioned it was “a projection of the insecurities I cope with on a regular basis because of how my dad and mom and the media have handled me.”

“I might by no means deliberately physique disgrace anyone as a result of I do know what it appears like,” she said. “I wrestle with this due to how I really feel about myself, not as a result of I hate how anyone appears to be like … I really feel like my household knew I used to be insecure and other people had been making an attempt to purposefully feed into this insecurity by not letting me have a alternative within the individuals who had been on stage with me.”

Describing Aguilera as a “lovely girl of energy,” she went on to notice: “I recognize you all being understanding with me as I determine this new life I’m dwelling !!!”

Britney Spears (left) and Christina Aguilera in 2000. Aguilera reportedly unfollowed Spears on Instagram after Spears made a snide remark about her backup dancers.
Britney Spears (left) and Christina Aguilera in 2000. Aguilera reportedly unfollowed Spears on Instagram after Spears made a snide comment about her backup dancers.

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Spears drew backlash Monday after name-dropping Aguilera and the “Genie in a Bottle” singer’s troupe of backup dancers within the caption of a quote she shared that the “solely” option to “look skinny” was to “hang around with fats individuals.”

“I want I may have chosen the nannies for my kids … my dancers … I imply if I had Christina Aguilera’s dancers I might have regarded extraordinarily small,” she wrote, earlier than including: “It’s arduous typically now I see how a lot of my womanhood was stripped away at the moment and each individual sat again and didn’t say a factor!”

The put up reportedly prompted Aguilera to unfollow Spears on Instagram, in accordance with Leisure Weekly. As of Wednesday, the put up had drawn over 43,000 feedback, lots of them damaging.

“Britney, no,” British plus-size mannequin Felicity Hayward wrote. Added “Dumplin’” writer Julie Murphy: “This ain’t it.”

Aguilera’s consultant didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Practically a yr in the past, a California decide terminated a court-ordered conservatorship that put strict limits on Spears’ private and monetary freedoms for greater than 13 years. Since then, she’s used social media to handle her family and her children in addition to media scrutiny over her non-public life.

Final month, she made a triumphant return to music after a six-year hiatus. In August, she and Elton John unveiled “Hold Me Closer,” an electro-pop mashup of John’s 1972 traditional “Tiny Dancer” and the title monitor of his 1992 album “The One.” Instantly after its launch, the monitor catapulted into the High 10 of Billboard’s Scorching 100 chart, which ranks the 100 hottest songs within the nation.

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