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It seems pop legend Britney Spears has unfinished business with Diane Sawyer, the prolific broadcast journalist who conducted an interview with Spears in 2003 that reduced the star to tears.
In a now-deleted Instagram tirade, Spears blasted Sawyer for coming to her house on the heels of her breakup with pop singer and actor Justin Timberlake, commenting also on her recent liberation from a conservatorship that was controlled by her father. People detailed the Instagram post after Spears shared it on Monday.
“Do we dare forget the Diane Sawyer interview in my apartment almost 20 years ago?” she wrote. “What was with the ‘You’re in the wrong’ approach?? Geeze… and making me cry???”
She continued, “Seriously though… I lived in my apartment for a year and never spoke to anyone… my manager put that woman in my home and made me talk to her on national television and she asked if I had a shopping problem!!! when did I have a shopping problem?”
To say that Spears’s relationship with Timberlake was widely-publicized would be an understatement, and subsequent to their breakup, the singer, now 40, expressed her devastation at the time.
“Something I never shared when I had that break up years ago was that I couldn’t talk afterward,” she wrote, before adding, “I was in shock… pretty lame of my dad and three men to show up at my door when I could hardly speak… two days later they put Diane Sawyer in my living room… they forced me to talk!” Spears reportedly wrote.
The star went on to rail against Sawyer, saying the latter called her “‘a woman or a girl’ … I would like to say now ‘ma’am I’m a catholic slut!!! You wanna join me at a mass and I can serve your husband my certificate on shopping for anonymous players ???'” Spears continued.
And in terms of having access to her own money, Spears has a suggestion for the ABC journalist:
“I should spend a thousand dollars if I want every day of my life and she can kiss my white a–,” she said.
Sawyer was accused of mistreating Spears during the 2003 interview in more than one line of questioning following the documentary release “Framing Britney Spears” in February. The film included footage of Sawyer’s inquiries that fans say was “poor” and “disgusting,” especially in portraying Spears as the heartbreaker in her relationship with Timberlake.
“He has gone on television and pretty much said you broke his heart,” Sawyer said to the then-22-year-old singer. “You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering… What did you do?”
Until recently, Spears had been under a conservatorship for 13 years which resulted in claims of financial and guardianship abuse at the hands of her father, Jamie Spears. After enduring setbacks from judges ruling in favor of her father, the latter recently stepped down as sole conservator, allowing Spears control of her finances and eliciting some sense of relief for the pop sensation.
“I’m more embarrassed for my family for coding the fact that it wasn’t allowed to have cash for so long when I worked my little ass off for them,” she wrote. “I’m embarrassed for the state of California for permitting my father to have me work as hard as he worked me all those years and never seeing a dime.”
In a statement to Fox News on Tuesday, Jamie Spears’ attorney said, “Mr. Spears has no idea what Ms. Spears is talking about. Jamie never set up any interview with Diane Sawyer and was not present for any such interview. He had nothing to do with Britney’s career at this point and was completely uninvolved in this interview. Jamie loves Britney very much, wishes Britney nothing but the best and hopes that she continues to seek the help that she needs to stay safe and healthy.”
Spears also said in the deleted post that she has no intention of going on the road with her newly-acquired freedom.
“I know I’m not playing in huge arenas with my loud band anymore but I will be honest and say life on the road is hard!! My first three years in the biz and on the road were great but I’ll be completely honest and say that after those three tours and the pace I was going… I don’t think I ever want to do it again,” she wrote. “I hated it.”
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