Earlier this week, Britney Spears posted screenshots of text conversations that took place while she was a resident at a mental healthcare facility in 2019.
Britney posted texts that she sent to her mother, Lynne Spears, and a friend named Jansen, in which the singer asked for their help.
She claimed that her pleas went unanswered as both her mom and her childhood best friend ignored her.
Now, however, Lynne and Jansen are both firing back and claiming that Britney’s screenshots did not tell the whole story.
The spat between Brit and these former members of her inner circle began on Monday, when the pop icon posted and then quickly deleted the controversial screenshots.
In texts to her mother, Britney expressed concerns about a doctor’s recommendation for an increased dosage of the antipsychotic drug Seroquel.
“He was saying he wants to UP the seraquil and I’m like whoaaaaaaa horsey go f-ck yourslwf,” Britney wrote, referring to staff at the facility.
“Seraquil I thought was a sleep aid but it’s for bipolar and is WAAAAAY Stronger than lithium,” Spears continued.
“I feel like he’s trying to kill me. I swear to god I do.”
Brit also reached out to the person identified only as Jansen, whom she described as “a friend from home.”
“What about the lithium in your opinion and it being monitored for so long … of course they can MAKE UP any excuse to keep doing it but is it really healthy and ok to give blood for THAT LONG.”
According to the screenshots Britney shared, her questions went unanswered.
But Jansen has now shared some screenshots of her own, which she says serve as proof that she helped her friend to the best of her ability.
“Britney, I have all the ‘whole conversations’ as well! I hurt for you that you feel the people who love you the most betrayed you! Let me come to you! I love you!
“Britney, I have all the ‘whole conversations’ as well! I hurt for you that you feel the people who love you the most betrayed you! Let me come to you! I love you!” Jansen wrote on her own Instagram page.
Indeed, the screenshot seems to show that Jansen addressed Britney’s concerns and did her best to contact people who might have been able to secure the singer’s release.
“My heart is a little broken this morning so I would like to clarify some things… I love my friends more than life itself and would go to the ends of the earth for them,” Jansen captioned the pic.
“This [message] along with THOUSANDS of [other messages] were sent to the court investigator in 2019 in order to help my friend Britney Spears,” she continued.
“We talked daily when she was in her last facility and her mom and I even went to New Orleans and met with an attorney to try and help her because we knew they wouldn’t let us near her!”
Perhaps sensing an opportunity to restore her reputation, Lynne Spears reposted Jansen’s comments and added an explanation of her own.
“Britney, I have all the ‘whole conversations’ as well! I hurt for you that you feel the people who love you the most betrayed you! Let me come to you! I love you!” Lynne wrote.
Not surprisingly, Lynne was promptly flooded with messages of support from Britney fans — and it wasn’t long before the singer herself sounded off.
“Yo ma did you also let people know that’s one of the only times you text me back ???” Brit wrote in a post that has since been deleted.
She went on to allege that Lynne had the strange, cruel habit of hiding all photos of Britney in the family home.
“Did you tell them every morning when I would try to find coffee there were no pictures of me up in the kitchen, just Maddie [Jamie Lynn’s daughter] and Jamie Lynn ???” Britney wrote.
“Every single morning I would put a picture of me up by you guys … and every morning you would put it away before I woke up,” Spears continued.
“Did you tell them how you were at my beach house when I couldn’t even have the keys to my car ??? Did you tell them I was doing 3 AA meetings a week when I hate alcohol ???” the singer further alleged.
Britney went on to allege that Lynne secretly planned to have her committed weeks in advance, and then pretended that the institutionalization and ensuing conservatorship were responses to an emergency situation.
“Did you tell them two weeks prior to the conservatorship being started it was already planned ???” Britney wrote.
“I had you, Miss Jacky, Allie and another friend over the night before they took me away !!!
“I had done nothing wrong and you kept telling me on my couch we need to go to Malibu cause I think people are coming to get me and I said ‘WHY ???’” the singer continued.
“It was all planned and you acted like you had no idea what was going on !!!” Britney wrote.
“Two weeks later you released a book and showed my heartbreak when Kevin [Federline] took my kids … you abused me … yes I will say it and it blows my mind that you still play the prayer loving mom.”
Needless to say, the explicit allegation of abuse is a very big deal, and Lynne has yet to respond to it.
Commenters have been overwhelmingly supportive of Britney, but a few have encouraged the Spears women to address these issues in a more private fashion.
And as important as it is to call out abusers, a more private approach might be healthier for everyone involved.