By Deirdre Durkan-simonds and Adam Levy For Dailymail.com
16:03 28 Sep 2023, updated 17:11 28 Sep 2023
- Britney Spears reportedly received a welfare check from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department after posting a concerning video of her playing with knives
- Deputies allegedly visited her $7.4 million mansion, which she previously shared with her estranged husband Sam Asghari, ‘to make sure she was safe’
- A source told TMZ that law enforcement performed the safety and wellness check ‘out of an abundance of caution’ and found that she ‘was okay’
Deputies allegedly visited her $7.4 million mansion, which she previously shared with her estranged husband Sam Asghari, ‘to make sure she was safe.’
A source told TMZ that law enforcement performed the safety and wellness check ‘out of an abundance of caution.’
The insider added that the mother-of-two spoke with deputies, who determined she ‘was okay.’
Their visit was prompted by ‘several’ calls to cops over an alarming Instagram video that she shared, in which she danced around her kitchen while holding knives.
Soon after her knife dancing series, Britney took to her Instagram to shared another choreographed clip, adding a caption about the knives – claiming that she was ‘copying Shakira.’
Shakira performed with knives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential Center in New Jersey on September 12.
Earlier this week, Spears told her fans on her Instagram that the knives were not real in the caption, despite fans insisting they heard the ‘clanging’ of the knives during her dance.
‘I started playing in the kitchen with knives today. Don’t worry they are NOT real knives!!! Halloween is soon,’ she said.
Her last video, posted Tuesday night, was her doing her choreographed sequence with no knife.
Britney had the caption: ‘Lighten up about the knives I’m copying Shakira.’
Back in January, police conducted a welfare check on the singer after she sparked concern by deleting Instagram for for the seventh time in less than a year.
Deputies were then sent out to the Toxic singer’s Thousand Oaks home and determined ‘there was no reason to believe she was in danger.’
Spears reportedly has ‘had a fascination with knives,’ TMZ reported in May, adding that the singer slept ‘with one under her bed’ amid terror of being ‘re-institutionalized.’
A year and a half after the end of her 13-year conservatorship, in which Spears previously described as ‘abusive’ in explosive courtroom testimony, a source alleged that the pop star remains in ‘mortal fear’ that ‘someone will come in the middle of the night, strap her to a gurney and take her to a psych ward.’
After regaining control of her own personal and financial affairs in 2021, the site claims those caring for the mother-of-two ‘prepared a list of recommendations’ for Spears, which included keeping her away from weapons and ‘not driving alone.’
The singer, who revealed in 2021 that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, is said to have a ‘constant fear of being re-institutionalized.’
In 2022, Britney’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, claimed in her tell-all book that her sibling once locked them in a room together while holding a knife.
In a passage from her memoir, Things I Should Have Said, the Zoey 101 alum, 32, recalled Britney telling her she was ‘scared’ before taking ‘large knife from the kitchen’ and pulling her into her room and locking them ‘both inside.’
‘She put the knife in the bedside table drawer and simply repeated, ‘I’m scared’’ Jamie Lynn recalled. ‘I knew something was wrong and I was powerless to do something about it.’
While discussing the claim on an episode of Alex Cooper’s podcast, Call Her Daddy, in 2022, the former child star clarified that she ‘never felt like [Britney] was going to harm’ her or ‘anything.’
‘It just felt weird. And I didn’t understand it,’ she said of the incident that reportedly occurred in 2004, shortly after Britney’s wedding to Jason Alexander, which was annulled within 55 hours.
At the time, Jamie Lynn would have been just 13, and Britney 22.
Britney vehemently denied the alleged incident between them on Twitter.
‘I’ve never been around you ever with a knife or would I ever even think to do such!!!’ Britney tweeted in 2022. ‘The only knife I ever saw you with at home was cutting the biggest pieces of squash I ever saw in my life and it was way too big for me to cut.’
Britney then expressed feeling hurt by the claims and said she was ‘actually very confused’ why Jamie Lynn was ‘making that up because it’s honestly not like’ her to lie.
Following the release of her book, Jamie Lynn defended her choice to tell the story as she pointed out her book is ‘not about her’ sister.
‘I can’t help that I was born a Spears too, and that some of my experiences involve my sister,’ she wrote on Instagram. ‘I’ve worked hard since before I was even a teenager, and I’ve built my career in spite of just being someone’s little sister.’
Britney has been anticipating the release of her memoir, The Woman In Me, which will be available on October 24.
Last week she appeared on Instagram to show a video of a printing press producing copies en masse.
She captioned it: ‘Putting the finishing touches on my book … eeeek. #TheWomanInMe @simonandschuster @gallerybooks.’
Due to an ‘ironclad prenup,’ her estranged husband Sam Asghari will not profit from sales of the literary output. He is mentioned in the book, but ‘not a lot,’ a source recently told DailyMail.com.