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Britney Spears' social media team have moved to try and quell fresh concerns over the pop star's conservatorship, with fans posting online that they're worried about who controls her social media posts.
Fan account @BritneyHiatus has recently collected a series of images posted from Spear's official account, tweeting: "For months, people have speculated about Britney's Instagram and social media as she would often post concerning or cryptic messages to her fans like these."
The images and captions showed characters locked away or wanting to escape - and it's led to some to suggest that the 39-year-old performer has been giving secret messages to her fans regarding how she feels about her conservatorship battle.
Now Crowd Surf co-founder Cassie Petrey - who works with Spears - has attempted to diffuse the situation in a social media post.
Petry explained that she 'absolutely adore[s]' Spears' fanbase and understands that the comments she's seen from fans are because they 'truly love her'.
The social media manager added: "Which is why it's been so easy for me to overlook some of the nasty comments that have been thrown my way over the years."
Claiming that she's seen 'a lot of inaccurate theories out there' about the nature of Spears' posts and who in fact controls her accounts, Petrey went on to say: "Britney creates her own posts and writes her own captions for Instagram."
Spears is also the one who asks for any edits to her videos, according to Petrey, which her social media team then carry out on her behalf.
The social media manager added that 'sometimes' Spears will then have the final say on whether 'she wants to post it or not'.
Addressing the themes of what Spears posts, Petrey commented: "She has stated many times that she creates the posts, but people continue to believe conspiracy theories over what Britney says over and over again.
"Britney is not 'asking for help' or leaving secret messages in her social media.
"She is literally just living her life and trying to have fun on Instagram."
In a remote hearing last December, Spear's father Jamie was granted an extension of his conservatorship over his daughter.
It will now run until September 2021 and was granted not long after the star had taken her father to court to try and get it removed.
At the time, Jamie Spear had talked to CNN saying that he still loved his daughter, in spite of the court case and her refusal to play live again until he was no longer her conservator.
"When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally," he said.
"I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family."
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