A month after announcing on Instagram that she was pregnant, pop star Britney Spears posted an update saying she had a miscarriage, writing, “We lost our miracle baby.”
“Maybe we should have waited to announce until we got on,” said the message, which was posted to Ms Spears’ Instagram account Saturday afternoon and attributed to her and her partner, Sam Asghari. “However, we were overly excited to share the good news.”
When Ms. Spears, 40, announced she was pregnant, her announcement was seen by many as not only glad tidings but a declaration of agency after she was freed from a custody battle that had dominated her life since she was in her years’. 20.
That settlement began in 2008, amid concerns about her mental health and possible substance abuse, when a California judge gave her father, James P. Spears, oversight of her personal life and finances.
During a court proceeding last summer that arose out of her request to dissolve the conservatory, Ms Spears testified in a 23-minute speech that the arrangement had been “insulting”, adding that she had not been allowed to remove an IUD.
“I want to be able to get married and have a baby,” Mrs Spears said at the time. “I was told at this point in the conservatory that I cannot get married or have a baby.”
The statement about not being allowed to get pregnant was particularly stunning, even in a speech where Ms. Spears also told the court that she had been placed on Lithium and had to work against her will.
Some reproductive rights advocates said forced birth control was legally questionable, a violation of Ms Spears’s autonomy and her basic human rights.
Late last year, a Los Angeles judge terminated the conservatory, saying it was “no longer necessary.” By this time, Ms. Spears had announced her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, Mr. Asghari, an actor and fitness trainer who told Men’s Health in 2018 that he had met Ms. Spears two years earlier while working on a music video for her song “Slumber Party.” “
Ms. Spears announced she was pregnant on April 11, posted a photo of pink flowers on Instagram and wrote, “So I took a pregnancy test…and uhhh well…I’m having a baby.”
She described having suffered from depression in a previous pregnancy and said that this time she would stay more and do yoga every day. She ended her post by writing, “Spread much joy and love,” followed by heart emojis and exclamation points.
The message posted to Ms. Spears’ Instagram on Saturday expressed gratitude for the support from the fans. “Our love for each other is our strength,” it added. “We will continue to try to expand our beautiful family.”