In a new video clip posted to Instagram, Spears says, "Just checking in with all of you who are concerned about me. All is well. My family has been going through a lot stress and anxiety, so I just needed time to deal. But, don't worry, I'll be back very soon."
She elaborated in the caption, adding, "I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that's happening is just making it harder for me."
Spears also urged fans not to believe everything being said about her situation, assuring followers, "I am strong, and stand up for what I want!"
She also referenced "fake emails" that are circulating and claimed that they were written years ago by her former manager, Sam Lutfi.
I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There's rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that's happening is just making it harder for me. Don't believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by Sam Lutfi years ago... I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I'm doing what's best at this moment 🌸🌸🌸 You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you ❤️❤️❤️
Lutfi has denied writing the emails and insinuated that Spears' team is behind the new video post.
Nice try Lou but this isn't going to work this time around pic.twitter.com/v5fopzErKz— Sam Lutfi (@SamLutfi) April 24, 2019
He went on to retweet another post, which implies that Spears did not post the video message of her own volition.
Britney clearly didn't write that caption and that generic video message? Nah huns. Since when has @britneyspears ever named and shamed anyone or even threw shade at @SamLutfi? It's a diversion! #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/jRaUif9CfF— Leigh Van Bryan (@LeighBryan) April 24, 2019
As previously reported, Spears cancelled her upcoming Las Vegas show last year after her father was hospitalized due to a ruptured colon. "It's important to always put your family first… and that's the decision I had to make," she said at the time.