Steve September 14, 2021
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Britney Spears deactivated her Instagram account Tuesday, just days after using the platform to announce her engagement and a month after vowing to post less.

Spears, 39, chose to deactivate her account and take a break from her preferred social media platform, NBC News confirmed Tuesday. The international pop star told fans in August that she would be posting less in the future.

“Unfortunately the news has been pretty nasty saying horrible and mean lies about me so I’m gonna post a little less from now on!!!!” Spears wrote in a caption last month.

The deactivation comes just two days after used the platform to announce her engagement to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari. She also reposted screenshots of an article on education with a caption Monday telling fans she loved them and that she was counting on her freedom from her conservatorship.

“Again…team #Free Britney, you guys f—— kick ass,” she wrote in the now-deleted post, according to Variety.

She has been under a conservatorship since 2008, but spectators of the 13 yearlong case hope she might be free soon. Her father Jamie Spears filed a petition for the Los Angeles Superior Court to terminate her conservatorship last week.

The next hearing in her case is scheduled for Sept. 29.

Spears’ Instagram account has been considered a direct insight into the singer’s life by fans, who have painstakingly reviewed her posts for any messages that might have come from the singer. Britney’s Gram, a podcast that helped spark momentum in the #FreeBritney fan campaign, has numerous episodes dedicated to analyzing Spears’ social media.

In the podcast’s first episode from November 2017, comedians Tess Barker and Barbara Gray called Spears’ Instagram one of the “most fascinating” social media accounts out there.

“As we think, it’s probably her only real outlet,” Gray said in 2017. “I don’t think she really has a lot of control over her social media or anything like that. It seems like this is the place where she harnesses her entire Britney spirit.”

It’s unclear whether Spears plans to return to the platform. Her verified Twitter account was still active as of Tuesday. Her most recent tweet was on July 14.

Doha Madani is a breaking news reporter for NBC News. Pronouns: she/her.

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