Britney Spears Says She’ll ‘Probably Never Perform Again’ After ‘Trauma’ | Britney Spears
Britney Spears fans hoping the pop star will perform live again, now that she’s freed from an infamous guardianship that ruled her life for more than a decade, might not want to hold their breath.
In an Instagram post on Sunday, Spears said she was “quite traumatized” by her stage work under the tutelage and said she would “probably never perform again”, despite resuming her career with her recent collaboration with Elton. John, Hold Me Closer.
The 40-year-old singer said she was devastated that she had no creative control over her music videos while involuntarily under the guardianship, which was primarily overseen by her father, Jamie Spears, from 2008 to 2021.
Spears also criticized photos taken by former restaurateurs at performances and said she was uncomfortable with the number of dancers by her side throughout a four-year residency in Las Vegas.
“I’d rather…take pictures of myself in studios than work with the most offensive people in my life,” Spears said. “I’m traumatized enough for life and yes, I’m pissed off and no, I probably won’t play again just because I’m stubborn and will make my point.”
Her Sunday post ended with the words, “Kiss my fucking fucking fucking ass.”
The remarks were the first since her conservatorship ended in which Spears directly asked if she planned to resume live performances. She had already explained how she was probably singing on stage.
Raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, about 90 miles northwest of New Orleans, Spears rose to the top of the charts in the late 1990s and early 2000s with hits such as Oops! I Did It Again, Baby One More Time, Toxic and Gimme More.
But amid scrutiny of her personal relationships, she displayed erratic behavior in public and her father and legal advisers placed her under conservatorship which essentially prevented her from doing anything for herself. .
Spears said the arrangement — among other things — limited her to receiving a weekly allowance of $2,000 during her residency in Las Vegas, which earned her more than $160 million. She also couldn’t get married or manage her own birth control, she said.
A judge ended the conservatorship in November 2021, much to the delight of fans who mounted the #FreeBritney movement online and sometimes on the streets.
Spears has since married her longtime boyfriend, actor Sam Asghari, and released the duet with Elton John. Hold Me Closer has topped the streaming charts in over 40 countries. A video would have been in preparation. But Spears hasn’t performed live since ending her residency in Las Vegas in 2017.
Her Sunday post also came after she made headlines with the release of a series of audio clips in which she spoke about her estrangement from her two sons, aged 16 and 15, from a previous marriage.
One of the boys, Jayden, gave an interview to 60 Minutes Australia in which he said he didn’t attend his mother’s wedding because she “didn’t invite [the] the whole family”.
Among those not invited were Jayden’s father, Kevin Federline, and his maternal grandfather, Jamie Spears.
Spears said of her sons, “Since they’ve been gone, I honestly feel like a big part of me has died.”