The "Genie in a Bottle" singer unfollowed her fellow pop star after Britney publicly shamed Christina's backup dancers.
Although the two women have long claimed no rivalry exists between them, many people believe the former "All-New Mickey Mouse Club" stars don't see eye-to-eye. Britney's Instagram post only fanned those flames… However, nearly a day after the post (in which even Brit's most fervent fans were critical of her) the "Hit Me Baby One More Time" singer said her words were misconstrued.
On Monday, Sept. 12, the "Toxic" songstress posted a quote attributed to the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield that read, "I found there was only one way to look thin: hang out with fat people." In her own adjacent caption, Brit took a swipe at Christina.
"I wish I could have chosen the nannies for my children … my dancers … I mean if I had Christina Aguilera's dancers I would have looked extremely small," she wrote with three dancing lady emojis. "I mean why not talk about it ?? Don't you think my confidence would have been a bit better if I could choose where I lived, ate, whom I called on the phone, dated and who was on stage with me !!! It's hard sometimes now I see how much of my womanhood was stripped away at that time and every person sat back and didn't say a thing !!! Anyways … I will be here talking bout things people NEVER talked about!!!"
Not only was Christina obviously taken aback by the unprovoked message, so her Britney's diehard fans, many of whom told her to delete the post.
"Oof. Love Britt- but this was in bad taste. Body shaming to make yourself feel better is not where it's at," one fan said. Another said, "ooop this is far from cool, brit."
Fans told Britney they were "disappointed" and that argued she was "mean."
"No need to put another woman down to feel better about yourself. Focus on your healing," one said. Many, meanwhile, scolded Britney for "body shaming."
On Tuesday, Sept. 16, Britney maintained she wasn't shaming Christina at all, even bizarrely saying she never mentioned Xtina, even though she did.
"By no means was I being critical of Christina's beautiful body, it is what it is !!! I flew to see her show once and the main thing I noticed was the difference of our people on stage !!! By no means did I even mention Christina, look at my post !!! I was inspired by her show and she is a beautiful woman of power … Thank you @xtina for inspiring me!!!," Britney said. "To be honest, I'm not trying to be critical of anybody. What I posted is a projection of the insecurities I deal with all the time as a result of how my parents and the media have treated me … I would never intentionally body shame anybody because I know what it feels like … I struggle with this because of how I feel about myself, not because I hate how anybody looks … I feel like my family knew I was insecure and people were trying to purposefully feed into this insecurity by not letting me have a choice in the people who were on stage with me. I appreciate you all being understanding with me as I figure out this new life I'm living !!!"