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A Malaysian radio host once staunchly defended Britney Spears when a fan asked her a rude question

This wasn't Spears' first time facing inappropriate questions in public and it certainly wasn't her last. However, it was one of the only times someone in the media had her back.

A Malaysian radio host once staunchly defended Britney Spears when a fan asked her a rude question
Cover Image Source: Singer Britney Spears attends the MTV Bash in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Britney Spears has long been a popular topic for tabloids and she has spent much of her life in the public eye. The media has covered her high-profile romantic relationships, breakups and personal struggles extensively. Unfortunately, there have been times when she has been asked invasive questions, causing her discomfort. One such incident occurred during an old interview with Malaysian radio host Asha Gill, which has since resurfaced on the internet. 


 
 
 
 
 
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In the resurfaced clip posted by the Twitter account of @britneyscrave, Gill gets a whole lot of praise from the netizens in the comment section after she shut down a fan who had popped an inappropriate question to Spears. "Britney, my question to you is, I really want to know whether you are a virgin?" the clip starts with the fan boldly questioning the "Circus" hitmaker. Spears' face immediately contorts and she looks extremely uncomfortable before Gill backs her up.



 

"Can I answer this for you?" Gill asks for the pop star's permission. "Yes please," Spears exclaims readily. "Can I just say, can you go back to school, can you go talk to your parents, learn some manners? Then come back and ask a question, because you’re wasting our time," the interviewer claps back at the rude fan. Spears couldn't hold herself back from thanking Gill because this was probably one of the rare few times when someone from the media had taken her side to defend her.

Image Source: Protestors are seen at the #FreeBritney Termination Rally on November 12, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Image Source: Protestors are seen at the #FreeBritney Termination Rally on November 12, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The "Womanizer" singer has had an illustrious but equally rough life and career where she was constantly subjected to sexist and invasive questions. According to Harper's Bazaar, she wa under a conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears, since the singer's infamous breakdown several years ago after which Spears ended up getting hospitalized and was put into rehab. Her loyal fans launched the #FreeBritney movement where they utilized social media to bring awareness to the discrepancies surrounding the conservatorship.



 



 



 



 

After a long battle, her conservatorship ended in November 2021, after 13 years. She is also penning her memoir which is set to release in October 2023. However, her ugly experience with media dates back to the time when she was just 10 years old. The young and talented artist made her TV debut on "Star Search" with Ed McMahon in 1992 where she performed a rendition of "Love Can Build a Bridge," according to Buzzfeed News

Image Source: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Image Source: Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

However, in yet another resurfaced clip, viewers were stunned to see host McMahon focusing on Spear's love life instead of her vocal ability. After she released her debut single at the age of 16, the inappropriate questions only escalated in every other interview she appeared on. Spears was also blamed in an interview by Diane Sawyer in 2002 after her messy breakup with Justin Timberlake. The singer was questioned about "what she did to cause Timberlake so much pain and then break his heart." Spears was taken aback and was moved to tears.



 

Spears has constantly made headlines in 2023 as well after her split from husband Sam Asghari and a sudden change of moniker. Spears started going by the name of Maria River Red on her social media handles, per Grazia. In July 2023, the pop star quietly changed her name to Maria River Red and even made a new Threads account under that name. Though it's not certain if she has legally changed her name, fans are anticipating a new album from their favorite singer under her new name.

Image Source:  Britney Spears (L) and Sam Asghari arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures'
Image Source: Britney Spears (L) and Sam Asghari arrive at the premiere of Sony Pictures' "One Upon A Time...In Hollywood" at the Chinese Theatre on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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