On Tuesday night at around 11 p.m. local time, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office in California says it was getting inundated with phone calls about… Britney Spears deleting her Instagram account.
Seriously. This is a thing that actually happened.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Britney deleted her Instagram account — something she’s done many times — at some point within the last 12 hours. For whatever reason, fans became alarmed, believing the deleted account meant Britney was in trouble … and called the Ventura Co. Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies from the sheriff’s office then went out to Britney’s home and determined there was no reason to believe she was in danger.
Spears, according to sources who spoke to TMZ, was “annoyed” by the police being called to her home.
We’re told she understands how deeply her fans care about her and her well-being, so she wasn’t totally surprised things escalated to law enforcement’s involvement … but nonetheless, it was an inconvenience.
An inconvenience fueled by fans on TikTok live-streaming their wellness check requests.
As crazy as all of that sounds, Britney Spears’ behavior on social media, as well as in the public recently, strongly led to the fans’ false alarm.
Two weeks ago, Britney Spears was at a restaurant where witnesses claim she became so “manic” that her husband, Sam Asghari, got up and left, supposedly to go get the car, not out of frustration, he claimed.
Britney Spears also recently changed her name on her Instagram profile to “River Red” – whatever that means – just prior to deleting the entire account.
“Sharing because I matter,” she wrote on one of her last Instagram posts before deletion, “and if every person I call TAKES 9 RINGS TO ANSWER you can be certain I might get someone’s attention … I bet after I post this my security answers after 2 RINGS.”