Britney Spears sent her fans into a frenzy this week when she took to social media to vehemently deny rumors that she is planning a musical comeback. In a series of posts, the pop icon claimed that she is “done” with the music industry and will “never return.”
Back and Forth Between Spears and Her Team
The saga began when several media outlets reported that Spears had been working with high-profile songwriters like Charli XCX and Julia Michaels on new music.hits.
Sources claimed Spears was “back in the studio” and planning to release her first album in over 6 years. The rumors gained steam when Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph told reporters:
“Britney is going to be back soon, bigger and better than ever. She’s working hard on a new album that is going to be full of smash hits.”
However, Spears herself tells a very different story.
Taking to Instagram yesterday, the “Toxic” singer slammed the speculation as “trash” and “lies.”
“Most of the news going around about me working on new music is trash…I’m actually not working on anything,” she wrote. “I’m a ghostwriter and I’ve written like 20 songs in the last year for other artists. I’m not even thinking about my own music right now.”
Spears went on to make the shocking declaration that she is done with music for good:
“I’m never returning to that awful industry. They ruined so many years of my life and I want nothing more to do with it.”
She warned her fans not to get their hopes up:
“Sorry to get your hopes up lovers, but don’t believe a word you read. I’m never putting out new music or performing live again. That part of my life is dead.”
The Lead-Up: Why Spears Is So Fed Up
To understand Spears’ outright rejection of a comeback, one has to examine her history with the music business.
Spears shot to fame as a teenager in the late 90s, quickly becoming one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. However, behind the scenes she was struggling under an intense workload and media scrutiny.
As her career progressed, Spears had a series highly publicized personal struggles. In 2008, she had a serious mental health crisis that led to her being placed under a restrictive conservatorship controlled by her father Jamie Spears.
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Under the arrangement, Spears had little personal or financial autonomy. She claimed she was forced to take medication, attend therapy sessions, and even use birth control against her will.
Professionally, Jamie Spears had authority over Britney’s business deals and performances. Sources say he pushed Britney to keep touring and recording during the conservatorship in order to reap financial benefits.
After 13 years living under her father’s control, Spears’ conservatorship was finally terminated in November 2021. However, the experience clearly left deep emotional scars.
In her recent posts, Spears made it clear that the mistreatment she endured has “ruined music” for her.
“After everything I’ve been through because of this business, there’s no way in hell you’ll ever see me on a stage again…I was treated like a prostitute and I will never forget it.”
What Happens Next?
While Spears asserts her performing days are over, her team still seems to be holding out hope for new music. There were reports this week that her managers have been trying aggressively to “change her mind.”
“The label and her team have been begging Britney to get back into the studio. They keep trying to convince her that making music will be empowering after all her struggles,” an unnamed record executive told TMZ.
However, given Spears’ traumatized state of mind, a successful comeback currently seems unlikely. Sources close to the singer say “music is still too painful” for Britney and she needs more time to heal.
Fans continue to speculate if Spears might one day find the courage to create music again. But for now, the pop princess remains firm that her singing days are done. As she bluntly summed it up:
“The old Britney Spears who entertained the world is gone. I have no plans to bring her back.”
While the public clamors for new songs, Spears seems content moving on with other creative pursuits. She says she plans to spend her time painting, writing poetry, and working behind-the-scenes to pen hits for today’s pop stars.
And with a $60 million net worth at age 42, Spears certainly doesn’t need to revive her music career from a financial standpoint. Still, her departure from pop music marks the end of an era for the millennials who grew up with her iconic voice and catchy beats.
Spears’ underwent a long, painful journey to end the conservatorship and regain her personal freedom. As this latest episode demonstrates, the process of healing is still ongoing. For the first time in over 20 years, her life is fully in her own hands – and understandably, Britney Spears is still figuring out what brings her joy.
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