Pop superstar Britney Spears went after former “Voice” coach Christina Aguilera on Twitter on Friday for not speaking out against a recent New York Times article saying the pop star’s family was suppressing information about her personal life and mental health.
Aguilera has never publicly commented on Spears’ recent headline-grabbing decisions to publicly ridicule and push aside critics of her performance at last week’s MTV Video Music Awards. Those public attacks included removing her headdress and changing the way she moved her entire set.
Last week, the Times piece, by New York Times reporter Stephanie Strom, detailed the close monitoring of Spears’ public life by a lawyer and a psychiatrist who took over her mental health care as a result of her 2007 psychiatric hospitalization. The story was based on interviews with several Spears family members and colleagues who talked about pushing back against her provocative music videos, her relationship with fellow pop star Kevin Federline and erratic behavior on tour.
Spears, who has divorced Federline and is now in a relationship with rapper Charlie Ebersol, wrote on Twitter: “Christina what happened? Did you even read the article or did you just make it up? Like I’m the only one dumb enough to believe you.”
Later, Spears added: “My entire family, especially my mom and dad, are proud of me and always have been. They know the truth.”
Aguilera responded to Spears’ tweets in the early afternoon Friday, responding that she did read the article and did have concerns about something in it. However, she said, she “hasn’t been asked to speak out about anything recently, so I am pretty sure this isn’t it.”
“Being the public figure I am, I am often painted as a villain when in reality I am someone who loves and cares for her family,” she wrote. “I also have said things in the past that I would like to take back, and I have negative things to say about certain people as well. But at the end of the day, it’s not up to me to choose the people I speak with, it’s up to me to choose how I want to live my life and when I speak out I mean business. To be clear, I am not supporting the use of alcohol or drugs; these are things I refuse to support.”
Aguilera went on to implore “everyone to remember that at the end of the day it’s Britney who makes the final call on how her personal life is represented. If she chooses to share, or not, it is her decision to do so. She is the one who has called this for what it is, over the past few years, and I support her in that, publicly and privately.”
Spears was famously under control of her life, her fortune and the decisions that she makes after she and Federline divorced in 2004. The 2009 divorce and subsequent custody battles led to her second-straight stint in a psychiatric hospital.
“If somebody does one bad interview or goes out on the road and does a bunch of bad stuff, that’s on Britney, it’s not on anybody else,” Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, told the Times in the past. “She has a responsibility to her fans to keep them informed.”