Fans of Britney Spears are accustomed to her very animated dances on Instagram at this time. However, a peculiar video last week of the singer spinning around while flinging butcher knives alarmed some of the artist’s fans, who described it as “disturbing.”
The knives were fake, she claimed in the caption of the weird video, but the clink, clink sound two butcher knives produced as they collided tells a different tale.
“I started playing in the kitchen with knives today!!! Don’t worry they are NOT real knives !!! Halloween is soon,” she wrote in the caption.
As the news post‘s comments section was disabled, followers immediately flocked to X (formerly Twitter) to voice their worries.
“Britney Spears dancing with knives in her latest video. What next a gun? The woman needs help and fast,” one user tweeted.
“Britney Spears is unwell. Posting peculiar videos and in the latest one, dancing with sharp kitchen knives. She needs mental help,” another person added.
Britney reassured followers yesterday in an Instagram post that she was merely copying Shakira, another performer, to allay their concerns.
“Lighten up about the knives I’m copying Shakira,” she wrote in the caption.
Shakira did indeed dance on stage while holding two knives during this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. The singer’s dancing earned a lot of praise, with one Instagram user calling it “life changing.”
Britney’s knife dance has inspired a ton of humorous memes, even though it hasn’t exactly garnered the same level of acclaim as that. Some of the funnier ones are as follows:
Britney Spears and her husband, Sam Asghari, separated and have filed for a divorce, about a year into their marriage, according to a source close to the matter.
“They’re separated and it’s best for Britney,” the person texted.
According to a second source, Asghari has moved out of the house the couple shared and is now living on his own. He has also reportedly filed for divorce.
Requests for feedback from agents for Spears, 41, and Asghari, 29, did not immediately elicit a response.
After meeting during the shooting of Spears’ “Slumber Party” music video in 2016, Asghari and Spears started dating. In June 2022, the couple had a celebrity-studded wedding inside Spears’ Los Angeles home after announcing their engagement in September 2021.
In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” last year, Asghari said the wedding was small, with about 50 to 70 guests present. He called Spears’ performance “amazing.”
The past few years have been difficult for the marriage as Spears struggled to end the conservatorship her family imposed on her in 2008. Up until the conservatorship’s end in 2021, Spears lacked legal control over her own medical decisions and agreements, including a valid marriage.
In her evidence asking for the termination, Spears also admitted that she lacked the power to get rid of her intrauterine device, a contraceptive, while she was still subject to the conservatorship.
She informed the court in 2021 that she wished to expand her family but was unable to do so due to her legal restrictions.
She and Asghari made the news of her miscarriage in May of last year. At the time, Spears posted on Instagram that the couple had miscarried their “miracle baby.”
“This is a devastating time for any parent,” her statement said. “Perhaps we should have waited to announce until we were further along, however we were overly excited to share our good news.”
Spears’ most recent Instagram posts had her and Asghari riding horses on a beach in July. She shared pictures and videos of their road trips for weeks prior to that.