Britney Spears has addressed the backlash she received after seemingly “body-shaming” Christina Aguilera and her backup dancers in an Instagram post.
On Monday, Sept. 12, the “Toxic” singer shared a controversial post about wanting to be surrounded by “fat people” to make him feel skinny, referring to Aguilera’s backup dancer.
“I mean, if I had Christina Aguilera’s dancers, I would have looked extremely small… I mean, why not talk about it?” she wrote, in an apparent dig at the “beautiful” singer’s body. Spears immediately drew criticism from fans, who told the performer to “calm down” and “delete” her post.
In the wake of the backlash, she clarified in an Instagram post on Tuesday that her original comments were “a projection of the insecurities” she deals with on a daily basis.
“By no means am I criticizing Christina’s beautiful body, it is what it is!!!” Spears began the caption. “I flew once to see their show and the most important thing I noticed was the difference between our people on stage!!!”
Spears also thanked Aguilera for “inspiring” her, describing the burlesque Stern as “a beautiful woman with power”.
“To be honest, I’m not trying to criticize anyone,” she continued. “What I have posted is a projection of the insecurities I constantly face because my parents and the media have been treating me.”
“I would never intentionally shame anyone because I know how it feels… I fight it because of how I feel about myself, not because I hate how someone looks…
“I feel like my family knew I was insecure, and people were trying to purposefully tap into that insecurity by not giving me a choice about the people who would be on stage with me.”
She added: “I appreciate that you all are understanding for me as I find out what new life I’m living!!!”
Shortly after the alleged nudge on social media, Aguilera appeared to unfollow her former Mickey Mouse Club co-star on Instagram.
The Independent has reached out to Aguilera’s representative for comment.
Spears’ comments come after the 40-year-old singer recently revealed she was “lifelong traumatized” and likely won’t be able to perform live shows once her 13-year conservatorship ends.
In the since-deleted post, Spears also said she had no creative control over her music at the time, and the only image she liked was that for her 2013 single “Work B****.”
“I’m pretty traumatized for life and yes I’m pissed off and no I probably won’t perform again just because I’m stubborn and will stand my ground,” she wrote, before finishing her message with “kiss my goddamn damn Crap.”
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