Britney Spears Responds to Fans Calling the Cops on Her: ‘Things went a little too far.’
After concerned fans had local authorities perform a wellness check, Britney Spears is sharing her annoyance.
Britney Spears has posted a response on social media regarding an incident where local police were called to her home on Jan. 25. Official reports from the Ventura County Sheriff’s office stated that concerned fans had phoned in a request to check on their favorite pop singer after she fully deactivated her Instagram account.
“As everyone knows the police were called to my house based on some prank phone calls,” Spears began, in a screenshot she posted to her Twitter account on Jan. 26. “I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded.”
This isn’t the first time the “Overprotected” singer has taken a social media break, but it does seem like the first time police were involved. Whoever made the phone calls used the star’s last post before the takedown, which is full of symbolic language and vague references to people in her life, as their justification that Spears might be in some kind of trouble.
“The police never entered my home and when they came to my gate they quickly realized there was no issue and left immediately,” the Grammy award-winner continued. “This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media.”
These words come a few weeks after Spears was involved in a media frenzy where an anonymous restaurant-goer took videos of her while dining out at JOEY’S Woodland Hills restaurant. The videos ended up in the hands of TMZ, who reported the singer had a “manic” episode in public.
Spears and new husband Sam Asghari responded to that incident as well, explaining how “The news is all hyped about me being a little drunk at a restaurant… it’s like they’ll be watching my every move!” but that ultimately there was no cause for concern.
So it’s no surprise that, if the Twitter post was genuinely crafted by the “Lucky” singer, she’d be annoyed with how things have progressed.
“During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward,” she concluded, before signing off with, “All the love, B.”
CNN confirmed the police visit, in an emailed statement from Sgt. Jason Karol from the Ventura County Sheriff’s office. He said the wellness check was completed “out of an abundance of caution” and that it was “determined she was safe and in no danger.”
While many experts have shared how to spot and support someone possibly undergoing a mental health relapse (like a manic episode), if you know someone exhibiting concerning behavior, but haven’t heard from or seen in a reasonable amount of time, you might ask local law enforcement to perform a wellness check on them.
Many replied to the singer’s Twitter post, supporting her decision to have a private life, and pointing out how inappropriate it was for fans to invade it.
“Those are not fans,” replied @Shabnam_Danesh. “They are obsessive psychos who think they have the right to be privy to every detail of your life. You don’t owe anything to anyone.”
Others, however, felt this latest post could just be another coverup for the conspiracy theories surrounding the #FreeBritney movement.
“I think if you weren’t so cryptic in your posts people wouldn’t be so worried about your safety,” added @17andrearose. “We need to hear these words out of your mouth not in posts.”