- Britney Spears accused the paparazzi of altering photos of her in an Instagram story posted on Sunday.
- She claims she looks “40 pounds bigger” in new paparazzi photos taken during her vacation to Miami, Florida.
- Spears goes on to describe herself as “skinny as a needle,” and questions if the photos are “really real.”
- The agency behind the paparazzi photos told INSIDER the photos were not altered in any way.
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Britney Spears typically fills her Instagram with inspirational quotes and workout videos, but her latest Instagram story sees the pop star addressing “a conspiracy theory” about her latest paparazzi photos.
In the video, which was captured by YouTube channel Britney Online, Spears accuses the paparazzi of altering new photos of her that were taken during a vacation to Miami with her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
She begins the video by addressing her appearance and introducing her concerns about criticism from her fans.
“Hello, and please don’t judge me, I look haggard right now,” she said. “But my question to all of you is, a lot of fans in our world today, they always are subject to really criticize people and say that the pictures and videos that they’re posting are either not on time or they’re fake.”
Spears then questions the legitimacy of paparazzi photos that make their way around social media.
“But no one ever really asks, ‘Are the paparazzi pictures fake, and do the paparazzi people do stuff to the pictures and is the news really real?'” she asks her followers. “It’s a conspiracy theory that I’m actually interested in.”
She goes on to explain that she believes she looks “40 pounds bigger” in a recent set of paparazzi photos. She appears to be talking about a series of photos that were taken by the Mega Agency while she was on a yacht, which can be seen over on the Daily Mail.
“Yesterday I went swimming. I look like I’m 40 pounds bigger than I am today,” she said before adding, “This is how I am right now and I’m skinny as a needle. You tell me, what is real?”
A representative for The Mega Agency told INSIDER that the photos were not altered in any way.
“We at Mega love Britney and think she looks absolutely great,” a representative said. “It was really nice to see her relaxed and happy and having so much fun. We took thousands of pictures of her and Sam enjoying themselves in Miami over the weekend and to suggest we altered them in any shape or form is ludicrous. We would be more than happy to let her see all the original raw files and video we shot.”
This isn’t the first time Spears has used Instagram to address her concerns with the media. Spears’ video comes in the wake of the controversial “Free Britney” movement, in which fans speculated that the singer was placed in a mental health facility against her will.
The movement led to theories that the singer was not actually posting the content on her Instagram page, and rumors spread that her team was posting old content as a way to divert attention. Spears addressed the theories in a video on May 28 by saying, “For those of you who think I don’t post my own videos, I did this video yesterday, so, you’re wrong.”
Representatives for Spears and the Mega Agency did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.