Britney Spears shared a vulnerable post on Instagram earlier this week detailing an incident that gave her motivation to do what's best for her body and not rely on a toxic body shamer for help.
In her post featuring a gleefully dancing Spears, the singer shared she had seen some unflattering pictures of herself recently but wanted to show fans the work she's been doing on herself.
She revealed she had wanted to hire a trainer to help her but took matters into her own hands when the trainer told Spears she needed to do something that's literally physically impossible - get her "younger body back."
The "... Baby One More Time" singer began the post by revealing she saw some very unflattering—unsolicited, of course—photos of herself.
" Woke up this morning and my skin is so dry!!! After visiting a couple of exotic locations, recently, I have to coat my body in lotions at night!!!"
"It's so beautiful out and I want to get out more... Paps are everywhere but not nearly as bad as it is in LA though..."
"My car broke down the other day and I got out telling Hesam to come on my side and the paps were there and took pics 🙄🙄🙄... I looked like an idiot!!! My facial expression, the way I was leaning over, the pooch in my stomach!!!"
"It was horrible because they got a pic of me in a helpless situations, so of course I get protective of myself!!!"
Spears then recalled the moment the body-shaming trainer's words pushed her to work on herself in a healthy way.
"I went out with a friend and same thing!!! It didn't look like my body and by no means am I saying my body is perfect, but I took the time 2 months ago to find a trainer and the first thing she did to me was literally... and I'm not even lying... pinch the skin on my stomach and legs and told me I need to get my younger body back..."
"Why the hell did she do that??? It made my cry..."
"I obviously didn't hire her so I did it myself!!!"
"I work out for 45 min, 3X a week... that's it!!! I hate working out for too long..."
You can check out her full post below.
Many on social media applauded her decision and commended Spears for recognizing the most important thing is to take care of ourselves, however we feel is best for us.
Of course, several also shared the thought, "How dare she?!"
The "Oops... I Did It Again" singer finished her post by sharing her pride in her hard work and perseverance.
"I'm sharing this because I have worked hard to get in shape, yet I don't look like the pictures that the paps take!!!"
"God knows my body ain't perfect but I did want to share what my body looks like at the moment... I worked my a** off and for some people like that trainer who might see those nasty pap pics and secretly smile..."
"Yup, y'all got it... I have 4 hours of footage from me shooting this yesterday and b*tch, I'm just getting started 😉😉😉 …"