The pop star cleared the air around the videos of her dancing with fake knives and even helped save a struggling prop shop.
Britney Spears was allegedly just "trolling" fans with knife videos that caused concern among fans and triggered a welfare check. A source told ET Online that she was doing "just fine" and was "just trolling people and doing 'performance art' in her knife dance video." The 41-year-old posted the dance routine on Instagram with the caption, "I started playing in the kitchen with knives today." She later updated the post adding, "Don't worry they are not real knives!!! Halloween is soon!"
Spears posted another video later dancing without knives, trying to reassure her worried fans. "Lighten up about the knives I’m copying Shakira!!!" she captioned the post on Instagram, referencing the singer's MTV Video Music Awards performance earlier this month.
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A struggling prop shop in Los Angeles has claimed that fans rushed to buy the fake blades after the “Toxic” singer name-dropped them on Instagram. The manager of the Hand Prop Room reportedly told TMZ that rentals for knives in particular have gone up 50%. This came after Spears told “concerned” fans that the knives were fake and provided the name of the shop where she got them.
In an Instagram post, she explained, "I know I spooked everyone with the last post, but these are fake knives that my team rented from Hand Prop shop in LA. These are not real knives. No one needs to worry or call the police. I’m trying to imitate one of my favorite performers Shakira, a performance I was inspired by!!! Cheers to us bad girls who aren’t afraid to push boundaries and take risks."
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However, it seems someone did call the cops to check in on the singer. She later revealed that the cops in fact did show up to her house and “would not leave” until they spoke with her. Recounting the “unwarranted” visit on Instagram, Britney wrote, “So unacceptable for cops to listen to random fans and come into my home unwarranted. Jesus Christ, can I make calls and make others feel threatened in your home???” She elaborated that the officers "came to my home and said they would not leave until they spoke to me as people did 4-minute performances with knives. I am getting an apology.”
The "Womanizer" singer was under a conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears, since the singer's infamous breakdown several years ago, Spears ended up getting hospitalized and being put into rehab. Her loyal fans launched the #FreeBritney movement where they utilized social media to bring awareness to the discrepancies surrounding the conservatorship.
Britney spent almost 14 years living under the effects of a strict conservatorship and is now enjoying her freedom, expressing herself, especially through her social media accounts. But not everyone is able to interpret what Spears's posts mean. According to Us Weekly, the recent call came from someone close to the pop star.
"Somebody close to Britney had seen the video posted on social media, where she's dancing and twirling with knives in her hands and they were really concerned for her mental well-being," Captain Dean Worthy of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office told the outlet. "We would normally not respond to fans calling in about a celebrity unless we actually believed that there is a credible threat," the officer said. "However, we vetted this individual through LAPD and we determined this is someone who knows Britney on a personal basis."