New York: 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 through,” said the message, which was posted to Spears’ Instagram account on Saturday, US time, and attributed to her and her partner, Sam Asghari. “However, we were overly excited to share the good news.”
When Spears, 40, announced she was pregnant, her announcement was seen by many as not only good tidings but a declaration of agency after she was freed from a conservatory that had dominated her life since she was in her 20s.
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 legal proceeding last year that arose from her request to dissolve the conservatory, 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,” 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 in which Spears also told the court that she had been given lithium and had to work against her will.
Some reproductive rights advocates said forced birth control was legally questionable, a violation of Spears’s autonomy and of her fundamental human rights.