Britney Spears is setting the record straight. In a since deleted Dec. 13 Instagram post, the pop star opened up about her now infamous 2003 interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer.
As Spears revealed on Instagram, after she and Timberlake split in 2002, she barely left her apartment. Therefore, she was unprepared for Sawyers to walk into her home and ask such personal questions. During the 45 minute interview, Sawyer made Spears cry, then 22; Sawyer ruthlessly asked about topics ranging from his sex life to his alleged shopping problem, and even asked him to react to the then-first lady of Maryland’s statement that she wanted to shoot him.
“Dare we forget the interview with Diane Sawyer in my apartment almost 20 years ago?” she wrote (for Persons). “What about the ‘Are you in the wrong focus? Caramba … ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿What And you make me cry ???
Spears added, “Seriously though… I lived in my apartment for a year and never spoke to anyone… my manager put that woman in my house and made me talk to her on national television and asked if I had a shopping problem. . When did I have a problem with purchases? “
At one point in the primetime special, Sawyer urged Spears about her 2002 breakup with Justin Timberlake. While Spears had largely kept to herself after their breakup, Timberlake spoke openly about their breakup and even hinted that she cheated on him in her “You can mourn all you want” music video. “You broke her heart,” Sawyers told Spears at the time. “You did something that caused you so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?” (You can watch the full interview below).
In her Instagram post, Spears criticized her father, Jamie Spears, for “[forcing] me to talk ”to Sawyer, given that he had barely been able to speak after their breakup. “I was a baby,” he added.
Over the course of 2021, numerous female stars have opened up about the ways in which they felt unprotected by the press as young women. Last week, Brooke Shields opened up about her infamous 1981 interview with Barbara Walters, which occurred shortly after her controversial 1980 Calvin Klein jeans campaign began. Although Shields was only 15 years old, Walters asked her a series of invasive questions about your sexual history.
“It’s practically criminal,” Shields said during an appearance on the December 6 episode of Dax Shepard and Monica Padman. Armchair Expert podcast. “It is not journalism.”