Former #FreeBritney fans are now “deeply concerned” for Spears

Some Britney Spears superfans who once condemned her controversial conservatorship are now singing a different tune — insisting the pop icon might just be too toxic for her own good.

The 41-year-old singer’s increasingly erratic and racy Instagram feed reveals a “gross apology from a mother” whose downward spiral on social media could turn ugly without intervention, former #FreeBritney followers told The Post.

“I’m deeply concerned,” said longtime fan Lauren Mars, 33. “Freedom can be very dangerous for someone who has no idea how to direct life without being controlled. We should have paid more attention to that [in calling for the end of Spears’ 13-year conservatorship]. Instead, we were just so eager to free them without thinking about the consequences.”

Mars, who lives in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has followed Spears’ entire turbulent chart-topping career – but she’s blasted the singer’s “insane” Instagram posts, including a recently crudely captioned nude bathtub shot.

“Your content is disturbing and very confusing, irrational and crazy,” Mars continued. “It hurts my heart. If she also wants freedom from fans, then she should just get off social media. Posting content like this does nothing but hurt fans.”

Spears’ profile took a somewhat sane but confusing turn over the weekend when she posted a tribute to her estranged sister Jamie Lynne Spears, 31, and said in another message she was “dying” for her two sons – after she had previously attacked her on Instagram for not supporting her.

“I would give anything just to touch your face,” the singer wrote Saturday alongside a snap of her 16-year-old son Jayden James. “Sending my love… Mamasita.”

Spears also caused a stir on Saturday with another nude photo, this time showing her sprawled on a beach with nothing but flower emojis covering her breasts.

“C’mon sexy girl’s mom… take the mic,” reads a caption. Bring movie star and my husband together… Talk about my head… WHAT’S UP MY FRIENDS!!!!”

Some observers, meanwhile, said they were completely at a loss.

“It’s like a bad Google translator,” read one comment.

“This is not someone in their right mind… sober or not,” wrote another user.

Spears married Sam Asghari after her 13-year conservatory was suspended.
Spears married Sam Asghari after her 13-year conservatory was suspended.
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Mars, a public relations and advertising executive, said she was dismayed by Spears’ apparent struggle to be independently stable since he was released from the 13-year conservatory last November. The court-ordered settlement had given Spear’s father Jamie, her lawyers and eventually a “care manager” control of Britney’s professional and personal affairs, as well as her sizable estate – now valued at $70 million.

But it also meant many decisions were made for her, including those related to birth control, marriage, finances, and even leaving her home to shop.

“I don’t think Britney will ever be able to have a normal, free life,” Mars said. “She has no idea how to be free or how to survive on her own. It’s very sad; Very very sad.”

While some #FreeBritney supporters are now expressing concern for the singer's well-being, others are doing their best to defend her.
While some #FreeBritney supporters are now expressing concern for the singer’s well-being, others are doing their best to defend her.
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A former “hard core” Spears fan in Massachusetts agreed, saying she once supported the #FreeBritney movement but now sees trouble from afar.

That prompted the 41-year-old single mom to launch an Instagram profile – BritneyToxicStans – that showcases the “twisted attacks, threats and bullying behavior” allegedly made by Spears fans towards anyone who dares, the notorious to criticize absent-minded superstar.

“I got the impression that her rights were being completely violated, that she was being denied very basic things: coffee, driving, etc.,” the Cape Cod mother told The Post of Spears’ strict guardianship.

“When I heard her testimony, my heart broke and I followed every new update and even checked the legal documents,” she continued. “Until she got free. Then I started seeing the signs.”

The angered mother, who requested anonymity for fear of reprisals from rabid Britney supporters, accused Spears of refusing to take responsibility for the “very real role” that prompted the conservatory: a 2008 agreement after a row high-profile meltdowns and Britney’s divorce from Kevin Federline a year earlier, leading to a bitter custody battle.

“She needs medication, guidance, support, healing and parenting courses,” said the Cape Cod critic. “What she’s doing is traumatizing her own children and blaming everyone but herself for their pain and danger.”

Fan Sue Sweeney said she's concerned Spears isn't thinking enough about how her stunning posts are affecting her teenage sons.
Fan Sue Sweeney said she’s concerned Spears isn’t thinking enough about how her stunning posts are affecting her teenage sons.
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The singer's Instagram posts are  "disturbing and very confusing, irrational and crazy," said former #FreeBritney supporter Lauren Mars.
The singer’s Instagram posts are “disturbing and very confusing, irrational and crazy,” said former #FreeBritney supporter Lauren Mars.
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Federline, 44, claimed in August that he and Spears, Jayden and Sean Preston, 17, had avoided their mother for months and even skipped her June wedding to 28-year-old fitness trainer/actor Sam Asghari, the singer’s third marriage. The couple married at Spears’ sprawling mansion in Thousand Oaks, California, where their estranged parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, and sister Jamie Lynn were happily absent.

K-Fed also claimed her sons wanted Spears to tone down her risqué Instagram profile, saying it was “hard” for them to digest.

“But what did she do instead?” asked the Cape Cod mom. “She doubled down on the nudes and keeps taunting them while twirling around in a thong. A rude apology from a ‘mother’ in my humble opinion.”

Followers have expressed their confusion and concern over several of Spears' posts.
Followers have expressed their confusion and concern over several of Spears’ posts.

The singer’s recent racy look also caught the attention of Spears fan Sue Sweeney of Sarasota, Fla., who believes no legal restrictions should be placed on the freed “controversial” artist. Still, given Spears’ teenage sons, 56-year-old Sweeney suggested she behave more cautiously than boldly.

“Sometimes you have to think about perspectives… like your boys’ perspective of you as a mom,” Sweeney replied to Britney’s post, prompting more than 2,400 users to agree with her.

“It’s respectful that pictures/words/statements like this may be kept off the internet so that their friends don’t torment them,” Sweeney continued. “I love you lady, love your creativity and free expression…but that’s not good for her.”

Fans — including these Dublin twins — came from all over the world to support Spears at her conservatory hearing in November 2021.
Fans — including these Dublin twins — came from all over the world to support Spears at her conservatory hearing in November 2021.
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Sweeney told the Post she supports free speech but insisted parents also have a “moral responsibility” to protect their children’s mental well-being. However, healing can be a messy process, she added.

“Believe it or not, I think her posts are her way of processing what happened to her,” Sweeney said. “She needs agency, and she deserves it. My main concern was her boys, but that’s her fault.”

After fan Sue Sweeney responded to a Spears post with the comment,
After fan Sue Sweeney responded to a Spears post with the comment, “Sometimes you have to think about perspectives…like your boys’ perspective of you as a mom,” more than 2,400 other followers agreed.
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Decades after signing her first record deal when she was just 15 and consistently dominating the tabloids, the collective toll of Spears’ agony is palpable, Sweeney said.

“There is a lot of pain in this family and all of their feelings are valid,” she said. “Britney is working her world as best she can right now.”

Mars, Britney’s longtime Belfast fan, suggested the peacock-like pop star leave Hollywood behind to embark on a path toward self-sufficiency and personal growth.

“If someone can reach out to Britney and take her away from anything where she’s surrounded by good people who care about her well-being, there might be a chance she’ll be fine,” Mars said. “But I still think she’ll always be dependent on someone, I don’t think Britney will ever be able to be independent… I’m just really worried; I see something is wrong.”

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Emma Bowman

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