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It hasn’t been easy for Britney Spears’ fans over the past couple of weeks, as they have been unable to separate fact from fiction. Or more accurately, fact from rumor…

Rumor had it that the news that Britney checked herself into a mental health facility to deal with her father’s illness wasn’t entirely true, as fans have speculated that she was being held there against her will. Fans started the #FreeBritney campaign and trolled her family and managers in the process.

However, Britney Spears has finally had enough of the rumors spiraling out of control and has taken matters into her own hands by clearing everything up once and for all.

“I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!!” Britney wrote on Instagram.

“Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me.

“Don’t believe everything you read and hear.”

And as far as her ex-manager – who actively supported the  #FreeBritney movement – is concerned? Don’t worry, as Britney cleared up those rumors too…

“He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address,” she added.

“My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment. You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want!

“Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you.”

It’s tricky to know who or what to believe in these situations, but we want to believe that Britney is safe, happy, and most importantly, making her own decisions.

Perhaps we should take her advice and give her the privacy she has so desperately pleaded for…

Where do you guys stand?