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Britney Spears Backpedals On Her Comments About Christina Aguilera's Backup Dancers: "I Would Never Intentionally Body Shame Anybody"

By Gina Florio
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Pop star Britney Spears was recently released from her 13-year conservatorship and shortly after, she started posting freely on her social media accounts. On Tuesday she posted some comments about Christina Aguilera's backup dancers that caught many people's attention.

Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera were known as the most popular pop princesses of the early 2000s. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Britney posted a graphic with the quote, "I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people." In the caption, she wrote that she wishes she could have chosen her dancers.

"I mean if I had Christina Aguilera's dancers I would have looked extremely small," she continued. "I mean why not talk about it?"

The post was met with a lot of backlash with many people commenting and accusing her of being fatphobic and body shaming Christina's dancers. Britney issued her own response on Wednesday.

Britney Spears Backpedals on Her Comments About Christina Aguilera's Backup Dancers

Britney wrote in her original post that she would be more confident if she "could choose where I lived, ate, whom I called on the phone, dated and who was on stage with me," referring to the limitations she experienced when she was under her conservatorship. But many people told her that she was fully capable of expressing herself and healing without bringing down other people, especially Christina's dancers.

Just hours later, Britney posted a response. She shared a drawing of two fairies and wrote in the caption that she never meant to offend anyone.

"By no means was I being critical of Christina’s beautiful body," she wrote. "I flew to see her show once and the main thing I noticed was the difference of our people on stage!"

She said she didn't even mention Christina in her original post and that she was actually "inspired by her show and she is a beautiful woman of power." She also tagged Christina and thanked her for inspiring her.

"To be honest, I’m not trying to be critical of anybody," Britney continued. "What I posted is a projection of the insecurities I deal with all the time as a result of how my parents and the media have treated me. I would never intentionally body shame anybody because I know what it feels like."

"I struggle with this because of how I feel about myself, not because I hate how anybody looks," she wrote. "I feel like my family knew I was insecure and people were trying to purposefully feed into this insecurity by not letting me have a choice in the people who were on stage with me. I appreciate you all being understanding with me as I figure out this new life I’m living!"

However, the damage may have already been done. Reportedly, Christina unfollowed Britney on Instagram after the original statement. But Christina hasn't made any statements about the comments, leaving people speculating that she simply didn't want to see any of Britney's content anymore. Britney is still posting on her Instagram account, sharing videos of herself dancing and saying that "it's a release" she has needed for a long time.

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