Britney Spears’ mother tried to correct the pop star’s version of events – and it didn’t go over well.
Lynne Spears has largely remained silent amid accusations over Britney’s 13-year conservatorship, which ended in November. While Britney blasted her and the rest of the Spears family, saying they perpetuated and profited from the legal arrangement spearheaded by the star’s father, Jamie, Lynne didn’t say much in answer. But she did on Monday – posting an old text thread to Instagram challenging Britney’s account – sparking a bigger back-and-forth between daughter and mother.
Their disagreement stemmed from Britney’s memory of being involuntarily placed in a mental health facility in 2019. On Monday, the “Toxic” singer, 40, posted texts she said were from that time – including at about the administration of drugs against her will that she feared. kill her – and claimed his calls to his mother went unanswered.
The alleged since-deleted exchange saw Britney text Lynne (“Me Maw”) saying her dose of Seroquel – an antipsychotic drug that treats mental and mood disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and sudden episodes of mania or depression, per WebMD – would be increased and she was upset.
“He said he wanted UP the [Seroquel] and i’m like whoaaaaaaa horsey go f*** [yourself]“, wrote Britney. “[Seroquel] I thought it was a sleep aid, but it’s for bipolars and it’s WAAAAAY stronger than lithium.”
The text continued: “I literally smell all the sick medicine in my stomach. I feel like he’s trying to kill me. I swear to God I do.”
Britney claimed on Instagram that there was “no response” from her mother. “When I walked out, his words were, you should have let me visit you and give you a hug.”
In the same post, Britney also shared screenshots of a text exchange she claims to have had with her hometown friend, Jansen, who was “supposed to help me find a new lawyer…I never heard of her.”
Shortly after Britney deleted her post with the texts, Lynne posted saying Britney wasn’t showing – or ever receiving (amid allegations her communications were secretly monitored and iCloud account mirrored) – the complete exchange. Lynne included a screenshot of Jansen appearing to respond to Britney’s requests. An updated comment from Jansen noted, “I replied! I always felt like some of my posts were deleted.” She also wrote: “When [Britney] left the facility, my phone number was blocked from him and we never spoke to each other again.”
Alongside the screenshot, Lynne wrote, “Britney I have all the ‘entire conversations’ too! I feel bad for you because you feel like the people who love you the most have betrayed you Let me come to you! I love you!”
Still, the post didn’t suddenly change Britney’s mind about feeling abandoned. Late Monday, she sent back a response – which remains in place, for now.
She asked if Lynne also wanted to let the public know about other things – like “how were you in my beach house when I couldn’t even get my car keys???” Or claim that Lynne went to events – drinking wine and having her picture taken – “when I couldn’t go anywhere or have my boyfriend??? funny !!!”
The star also claimed that while Jamie ran the conservatorship, Lynne was responsible for getting him started – and reiterated that.
“Everything was planned and you acted like you had no idea what was going on!!!” she wrote. “Two weeks later you pulled out a book and showed my grief when Kevin took my kids,” despite losing custody of her sons Preston and Jayden at the time.
“You abused me,” Britney concluded. “Yeah, I’ll say it and it takes my breath away that you’re still playing the loving mom prayer.”
The conservatorship ended in November, but finances and other issues continue to be worked out. At the final hearing, the judge ordered the deposition of Britney’s father as well as the production of surveillance records. Last year a New York Times The documentary claimed that Jamie had asked security to secretly record Britney’s conversations at her home. A member of the security team told the outlet that Britney’s phone conversations and messages were also monitored, allowing others to see Britney’s communications in real time. (Jamie denied authorizing secret recordings at Britney’s home.)
While Jamie was a Conservative, Lynne had no official role in the conservatorship, but attended the hearings as an interested party. Divorced from Jamie since 2002, she supported Britney in Jamie’s removal in 2021. Lynne then asked the court to have Britney’s guardianship pay her $663,000 in legal fees, claiming she played a pivotal role in finally helping at #FreeBritney. At the time, Britney slammed her mother, saying, “My dad may have started guardianship 13 years ago…but what people don’t know [is] that it was my mother who gave him the idea. I will never get those years back. She secretly ruined my life.”
Britney keeps moving forward despite the lingering details of this conservatorship battle. Of course, she married Sam Asghari in June and they moved into a house of her choosing (having previously had to have all expenses approved by her father, until she found out if she was allowed to paint his kitchen cabinets). On Tuesday, it was announced that she would start making music again after vowing not to under the restrictive conservatorship. She is set to collaborate with Elton John on a new version of “Tiny Dancer”, due out next month.