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Britney Spears' dancing videos tend to be a wholesome way for her to have fun, but the pop icon's latest Instagram Reel showing off her moves left fans worried.
In the clip, the 41-year-old twirled in a crop top and bikini bottoms with two butcher knives in her living room, while feet away from her pups. She initially captioned her post, "I started playing in the kitchen with knives today 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️ !!!"
Since the singer's comments on Instagram were deactivated, fans took to Twitter to share their concerned reactions.
Some believed the video was proof that Spears isn't mentally fit to take care of herself and needs supervision.
Look at this. The debate is over. Britney Spears is insane and can’t take care of herself. At this point we even have to ask if she could be a danger to others. For a year she’s been dancing incessantly in the exact same spot, and now she’s even waving knives around. https://t.co/8JyNnGyFhY
— Sigurd Sverd (@SigurdSverd2001) September 26, 2023
Britney Spears Pulled out the Knives for this latest video…. She’s Absolutely MENTALLY UNSTABLE. I guess all the Free Britney Idiots won’t be satisfied until she Stabs herself or some Unlucky person near by…
— Don Korleone🌹 (@HollywoodKilo) September 26, 2023
Others expressed their confusion over the situation.
why is the first thing I see is britney spears dancing with knives pic.twitter.com/Pkd9FY7kAN
— sele✨ (@_selenairis) September 26, 2023
Just a normal day in 2023 where I start my day with watching a video of Britney Spears dancing with knives
— katalyst (@diebestimmerin) September 26, 2023
Someone else pointed out that Spears seemed to be inspired by Shakira's 2023 VMAs performance, in which she used prop knives.
It’s hilarious that TMZ is once again running with that narrative that Britney has a dangerous obsession with knives when she was just referencing Shakira’s VMAs performance with.. fake knifes.
People on TikTok even made memes about that performance so she probably saw them and… pic.twitter.com/s0NqHzs2pY
— Fan Account (@breatheonmiley) September 26, 2023
After the video went viral, Spears updated the caption, noting, " Don’t worry they are NOT real knives !!! Halloween is soon 🙈🙈🙈 !!!"
However, in the Reel, the singer bangs the knives together, making the same noise that the sharp objects make when there's friction between them. The reflection of the light on the knives also shows that they're not made out of rubber, like most fake weapons sold for Halloween. Additionally, the ridges and handles are seemingly the same as the ones featured in cooking knives.
TMZ reported that according to multiple sources, Spears has a fascination with knives, keeping them "all around the house—including the bedroom." A source noted that she "was paranoid someone was going to get her, and she needed the knives as protection." The same claims were shared in the tabloid's documentary about the pop star, Britney Spears: The Price of Freedom.