Britney Spears I must confess that you haven’t heard her real voice in “an extremely long time.”
That’s why she decided to get back to the start with a powerful new version of her debut single, “…Baby One More Time,” which she performed a cappella in an Instagram post on Friday.
“I haven’t shared my voice in a very long time…maybe too long,” she captioned two videos of her singing a stripped-down version of a track from her first album that became a worldwide sensation and launched her career when she was only 16 years old. .
Aside from the raw vocals, this version has one key difference: a clear change to the remorselessly catchy chorus.
“Gimme a fucking sign,” Spears sings in the video. “Hit me baby one more time.”
In the caption, Spears explained that she had planned to release a remix of the song for the past 14 years, but had received no support from her team while living under her tutelage, which placed severe restrictions on her professional and personal freedoms.
“The team said no,” she explained, before targeting her sister Jamie Lynn Spears for performing the pop star’s hits at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards, much to her disapproval.
“They ruined it for me, embarrassed me and made me feel like absolutely nothing,” she wrote. “I’m sharing this because I’m aware of my love and passion for singing…and my own family made me look like a fool…I’m not going to be a victim.”
Spears’ guardianship was terminated by judge in November 2021.
In the months that followed, she vehemently criticized her family for their role in the legal settlement, saying she had been financially exploited and emotionally abused since 2008 under the care of her father, Jamie Spears.
Last week the singer won a big victory in her legal battle with her father as part of an ongoing investigation into his role as custodian of her property.
On Thursday, a judge ruled that he must sit to testify to consider a slew of troubling claims, including an allegation that he put his daughter under constant surveillance by bugging her bedroom, which he rejected.
“It’s been a very good day for justice in general,” Spears’ lawyer Matthew Rosengart told reporters after the hearing. per person. “The day of reckoning for Mr. Spears has arrived, at least at this stage, in terms of a court ordering him to appear to testify.”