For years, fans of pop icon Britney Spears have been worried about her mental state and emotional well-being after very public meltdowns and her ongoing messy conservatorship battle.
Following the release of the controversial documentary Framing Britney Spears — which shined a spotlight on the troubled star’s rise to fame, the #FreeBritney movement, her conservatorship and how she has been mistreated by individuals in her life and the public at large — many have questioned if there were signs that everyone was missing throughout the years that the singer was under duress.
Her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake came under attack after the explosive docuseries aired, with many accusing the former boy bander of sexism and misogyny regarding his treatment of Spears throughout their relationship and following their split in 2002.
The “Cry Me a River” crooner accepted responsibility and posted a heartfelt apology to his ex via Instagram. “I've seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond,” he wrote on Friday, February 12. “I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”
But Timberlake wasn't the only man in Spears' life who has worried fans over the years. The pop star has been bound by a conservatorship, with her father Jamie controlling her finances and business decisions for most of her adult life.
Although the “Stronger” singer has remained tight-lipped in regards to her personal life and her legal battles, many believe Spears has been sending hidden messages via social media for years.
Could her posts be a secret plea for help? OK! takes a look at some of her most questionable posts and those that have sparked a conservation between die-hard Britney fans spearheading the #FreeBritney movement.
Following the release of the explosive documentary about her life, Spears posted a message about kindness, and talking about supporting the "lonely kid in the cafeteria," leaving some to believe that she was talking about herself growing up.
Although Spears has refused to work again until her father has been removed as her conservator, the pop star posted a throwback performance of her performing her hit song "Toxic" with the message, "I'll always love being on stage," making many believe that she does want to get back to performing and being the superstar she was always meant to be.
“We seen this one like 400 times,” a fan commented on her pic. Looking at Spears' Instagram it appears that the singer will post the same picture several times, prompting some to take it as a signal she is in trouble.
In a recent post on the beach, fans were quick to point out that Spears was possibly sending a message. "She is spelling out 911 with her legs," an eagle-eyed fan commented on a series of photos of herself with different poses on the sand.
Fans have gone as far as to specifically ask the "Gimme More" songstress to give them a sign if she needed help — with one of those being to wear yellow as a sign of distress. Spears routinely post photos wearing the same yellow top. This specific one prompted many of her fans to legitimately tag the FBI in her comments to look at.
Another request from fans was that she hold a bouquet of flowers to suggest she needs help. Either Spears really loves flowers or she could be signaling a sign by posting several photos of herself holding a bouquet or using a flower emoji in her captions.
After "accidentally" burning down her home gym last year, many of her fans noticed that her video message seemed a little off. "Her voice is very shakey and she looks like she was about to burst into tears," one user commented, alluding that there was more to the story than she was letting on.