In the days following the release of the New York Times and FX's joint Britney Spears documentary, the harrowing tales of the pop star's life, media struggles, and highly-controversial conservatorship have taken the internet by storm. Since Friday, the pop star's fans and the supporters of the #FreeBritney movement have continued speaking out online, bringing awareness to her guardianship situation and sharing their kind words for the legendary singer.
As mentioned in yesterday's summary of the explosive new film, Britney is notoriously tough to reach due to her legal arrangement, with the filmmakers behind Framing Britney Spears noting they're unsure if she even received the interview requests for the project. However, a new report claims Britney is well aware of the documentary centering around her four-decade spanning career. Surrounding this fanfare, Britney's team has allegedly briefed her on the new movie, an anonymous source told Entertainment Tonight.
"She's always made aware of any important new releases that pertain to her life and career, and this was no different," the source told the celebrity news outlet. Even with this knowledge, it doesn't seem as if the pop star will be sitting down to view the Hulu release any time soon, a choice that appears to be her prerogative. "She hasn't seen the documentary because she never likes to focus on what others say about her," the source added.
While these claims are still unverified, it seems the pop star may have addressed the film and her fans' strong reaction to her story in a way that is just so typically her -- a cryptic Instagram post. On Monday evening, the pop star took to the social platform, sharing a video appearing to wink at the documentary's release. "The moment we've all been waiting for last week," Britney said, taking a dramatic pause. "The Super Bowl! I was so excited, but honestly, I was rooting for Kansas City, but I was also rooting for the other team, so it was a little confusing for me. I love sharing," the pop star said in a video that has garnered more than 4.4 million views.
Although Britney doesn't explicitly mention the documentary or any of its several controversies directly, several fans -- as they often do -- took Britney's post surrounding Sunday's big game, her first social media appearance since the film's release, as a coded acknowledgment of Framing Britney Spears' highly-anticipated release last week.
"We all know what she's REALLY referring to! We see you Britt," commented one fan, in a reply that has garnered more than 13,700 likes. "THE MOMENT WE'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR IS THE TRUTH. We owe you an apology," added another.
As Britney continues to stay tight-lipped on the situation, Sam Asghari, the star's boyfriend of approximately five years, issued a statement to People magazine regarding the topic. "I have always wanted nothing but the best for my better half, and will continue to support her following her dreams and creating the future she wants and deserves," Asghari said. "I am thankful for all of the love and support she is receiving from her fans all over the world, and I am looking forward to a normal, amazing future together."
On Tuesday, Asghari took to Instagram to share a much more pointed message aimed at Britney's father and co-conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears. "Now it's important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles in our way," he wrote in an Instagram story, screenshotted below. "Jamie is a total dick. I won't be going into details because I've always respected our privacy but at the same time I didn't come to this country to not be able to express my opinion and freedom," he continued, adding a mic drop emoji.
So Britney, in the extremely unlikely chance you ever read this, remember, even if it's felt like your loneliness is killing you amid your conservatorship struggles, you're not alone. Especially following the release of this documentary, your fans -- myself included -- will always love and support you.