Britney Spears “Cried For Two Weeks” After Seeing ‘Framing Britney Spears’

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Britney Spears is finally breaking her silence about the widely-discussed documentary chronicling her life, Framing Britney Spears. Although the New York Times-produced project dropped nearly two months ago, Spears hasn’t even directly acknowledged its existence — until now. Last night, the pop star posted a message on Instagram sharing her emotional reaction to the documentary.

“I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in,” she wrote alongside a video showing her dancing to Aerosmith’s “Crazy,” per The Hollywood Reporter. “I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes … I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy … love … and happiness ✨🙏🏼 ☀️ !!!!,” she continued. “Every day dancing brings me joy !!! I’m not here to be perfect … perfect is boring … I’m here to pass on kindness 💋💋💋 !!!!”

The singer also directly addressed themes included in Framing Britney Spears, specifically commenting on the media obsession surrounding her life and career. “My life has always been very speculated … watched … and judged,” she wrote, adding, “I have been exposed my whole life performing in front of people 😳😳😳 !!! It takes a lot of strength to TRUST the universe with your real vulnerability cause I’ve always been so judged… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 !!!! As the world keeps on turning and life goes on we still remain so fragile and sensitive as people !!!”

Framing Britney Spears, which first dropped on FX and Hulu in February, takes a deep dive into Spears’ rise to superstardom in the music industry in the late 90s and early 2000s, followed by her marriage, widely publicized mental health struggles, and her conservatorship, which took effect in 2008 and places much of Spears’ decisions in the hands of her father, Jamie Spears.

While the documentary doesn’t feature interviews with Spears or her immediate family, it does include commentary from her longtime assistant, as well as those who worked with her over the years. Framing Britney Spears director Samantha Stark admitted she and her team “tried everything”, but it was “unclear” if Spears even received the interview requests they sent.

“Since Britney has such a tight circle around her, in part because of the conservatorship — or it’s allowed to be that way because of the conservatorship — journalists haven’t really been able to interview her freely,” Stark told Entertainment Tonight. “We, as The New York Times, haven’t interviewed her, because we want to be able to do it freely with no one trying to adjust what she says or anything. It just feels like you can’t ask Britney.”

Even without Spears’ direct involvement, the documentary made waves when it premiered this winter, even inspiring a public apology from Justin Timberlake for his treatment of Spears, whom he dated for years before the two split in 2002. Framing Britney Spears has also sparked a re-examination of how the media treats women, with old interviews featuring women like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan receiving backlash years after they first aired.

Where to watch The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears 

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