Fans Think The Real Britney Spears Is Missing And She Is Being Impersonated Using Artificial Intelligence

If you look closely at a clip of Britney dancing, you'll see clearly that a filter is being used. Is the real Britney missing?

By Gina Florio3 min read
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Britney Spears is a pop icon who has captured the hearts of millions with her hit music and sensational performances. However, behind the glitz and glamour of her fame, Britney has struggled with mental health issues that have had a significant impact on her career and personal life. She was born in McComb, Mississippi, in 1981. She grew up in Louisiana and started her singing career at a young age, performing in local talent shows and appearing on the television show "Star Search." At the age of 16, she signed a recording contract with Jive Records and released her debut album, "Baby One More Time," in 1999. The album was an instant success, selling over 10 million copies in its first year and making Britney Spears a household name.

Over the next couple decades, Britney Spears became one of the biggest pop stars in the world, releasing hit after hit and performing in sold-out concerts around the globe. Her music videos and live performances were known for their provocative and sensual nature, and she quickly became a sex symbol for many young people. However, Britney Spears' rise to fame was not without its challenges. She faced intense scrutiny from the media and was often criticized for her public behavior, including her relationships with other celebrities and her struggles with addiction. In 2007, she had a highly publicized breakdown, which included shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo's car with an umbrella.

In the years following her breakdown, Britney Spears was placed under a conservatorship, which is a legal arrangement that gives another person or entity control over an individual's financial and personal affairs. In Britney Spears' case, her father, Jamie Spears, was named as her conservator, and he has had control over her finances and personal decisions ever since. The conservatorship has been a source of controversy and concern for many of Britney Spears' fans and supporters, who believe that she has been unfairly treated and that her rights have been violated. In recent years, the "Free Britney" movement has gained momentum, with supporters calling for the conservatorship to be ended and for Britney Spears to be allowed to live her life as she chooses.

In June 2021, Britney Spears made a public statement about the conservatorship, telling a court that she felt "traumatized" and that she wanted it to end. She also spoke about the restrictions that had been placed on her life, including being forced to use an IUD for birth control and not being allowed to get married or have children. She was finally granted freedom from her conservatorship in November 2021. But there's a conspiracy theory that the Britney we have seen as of late isn't actually her.

Fans Think the Real Britney Spears Is Missing and She Is Being Impersonated Using Artificial Intelligence

A viral TikTok is being shared on multiple social media platforms showing a clip of Britney dancing that seems very suspicious. "This is not Britney," TikToker @catvalles7 said. "Somebody has been using a filter to look like her and I'm about to prove it." She slowed down the video and pointed out one split second that is very easy to miss: as Britney is bringing her hands down from above her head, the filter on her face disappears for a moment. When the video is paused, you can see that her eyebrows and eyes are very different from what the real Britney looks like. The girl is blue-eyed and looks much younger than Britney, who is 41.

"This is a blue-eyed person with a filter of Britney. It's very quick and easy to miss but I can't believe I just caught that," she said. "This isn't Britney. It hasn't been Britney."

It sounds like an insane conspiracy theory, but there are so many believable conspiracy theories in Hollywood involving A-list celebrities that it's hard to not be at least intrigued by the idea.

Many people in the comment section agreed, even saying that they haven't felt like this is the real Britney for a long time.

"I think it's going to eventually come out that she's no longer alive," one person said.

"People are really slow. Britney doesn't have blue eyes, her tattoos have been disappearing and reappearing. It's evident green screen," another wrote.

"Has there even been ONE pap photo? Or pic of her with a fan? Not a single one?! At her level of fame? Impossible. Something is up," a user commented.

"NO ONE can convince me that's Britney. Ever. Watch her older performances, she doesn't move like this!" another person wrote.

But this isn't the only proof that @catvalles7 has. She pulled many videos of Britney on her Instagram dancing in her house, pointing out that Britney's tattoos are gone in one frame, but suddenly show up in the next frame of the same video. The theory is that someone is impersonating Britney and a "deep fake" technology is being used to make that person look just like Britney, which is why there are glitches in which the tattoos suddenly disappear and reappear again.

In another video of Britney, the tattoo on her back keeps disappearing and reappearing again, and many fans claim that features on her face, such as her mouth, just don't really look like Britney. @catvalles7 explains that deep fakes attempt to track what the person is doing in order to make them look like the target, which is Britney in this case, and when the person is moving too quickly, the AI deep fake technology can have trouble mapping out all the characteristics in real time. She also shares another video in which you can see the blue eyes of the person who is supposedly impersonating Britney in a split second when the hair is being flipped over her face.

Diehard fans have been watching her every move on social media lately and are convinced that someone is using an AI filter to appear as if they're Britney. The fact that Britney hasn't done any photo ops—not on a red carpet, not with any fans, not even paparazzi photos—does raise some reasonable questions. Is the real Britney in hiding? Is she still alive? Or is it all just a crazy conspiracy theory and she was just using a filter on her face to make herself look more polished?

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