Britney Spears reflects on insecurities as she posts topless photos: 'Performing made me too self conscious about my body'

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Britney Spears continues to peel back layers of herself and open up on Instagram, posting a series of revealing photos with a powerful caption on body confidence.

The 39-year-old has taken to social media to share more intimate sentiments as people invest their attention to the ongoing Free Britney movement. And while her conservatorship battle rages on, the pop star is using her Instagram platform to regain control over her life and her messaging.

"Before I show you more pics of my body … I want you to understand my thoughts on exposing my skin," Spears captioned her post on Monday. "The immediate reaction to any woman who does this after shedding a layer is DAMN I FEEL BETTER … therefore you think you look better !!! I’ve had a billion shows where I’ve done that and to my horror uhhh we’ll … sometimes I didn’t look so great … TOO MANY TIMES and it’s embarrassing as f*** but in my imagination it felt great."

Spears went on to point out that there are parts of her body that she hasn't wanted the public to see, although her years in the spotlight and on stages around the world have made her even more aware of those insecurities. "I feel like performing made me too self conscious about my body and that’s not attractive," she wrote.

In her time off stage, however, she's learned to appreciate her body in different ways. She's now sharing that with the public in an effort to free herself of the pressure she's been facing.

"I bet you’re wondering why I’d expose my body NOW … well it’s because I was born into this world naked and I honestly feel like the weight of the [world] has been on my shoulders and it’s made me view myself that way !!!! I wanted to see myself in a lighter way … naked … like the way I was born," she wrote. "Looking back at my pictures when I shoot it’s insane the psychology in seeing myself in my purest form gives evidence that pain … hurt … tears … and heavy burdens aren’t who I am. I am a woman …. a beautiful … sensitive woman who needs to look at myself in my purest form."

Although the singer has recently shared a few topless photos, including one where she spoke about her fluctuating weight, she assured fans that she wouldn't be posting them forever. "That would get boring but it sure as hell helps when you need to be enlightened," she wrote.  

In the meantime, she's embracing the opportunity to feel free.

"I will admit the FREE BRITNEY comments after I took my shirt off were actually really f***ing funny !!! The Free Britney campaign started with all your amazing pink Free Britney shirts 3 years ago !!! There’s a way deeper meaning to the movement than you can ever imagine," she said. "My fans have always been so damn amazing and I love you all."

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