Don’t you know that you’re toxic?

Yes, Britney Spears is pregnant, now leave her alone

David Matos, Arts & Life Editor

Illustration by (Sarah Hardiman)

The 40-year-old princess of pop is finally in a better place in her life.

Britney Spears is engaged, posing naked on Instagram and pregnant with her third child mere months after her 13-year conservatorship ended. Now, in the words of Cara Cunningham, “Leave Britney alone.”

With the surge of social media over the past decade, paparazzi and magazines are no longer Spears’s worst enemy. From her appearance, pregnancy and choice of men, internet personalities are ridiculing her like it’s 2007. It’s time to move on and let the pop star be.

Notable front-page stories from the early 2000s are making a swift comeback into the modern-day pop culture news cycle — Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are engaged, Lindsay Lohan is acting again and Spears is pregnant. However, being the sole topic of discussion and criticism in the eye of the public was never a success story for Spears.

From a nasty divorce, custody battles, rehab and partying pantiless with Paris Hilton, 2007 was a dark year for Spears, but an amazing one for the press.

Not only are stories from the 2000s making a comeback but the public’s reactions to them, especially to Spears, are as well. The constant attention during one of her most tragic years caused her to suffer a public breakdown, during which she shaved her head and beat a paparazzi car with an umbrella. We all made mistakes and have grown as people in the last 15 years, and Spears is no exception. It’s not 2007.

By making judgmental comments on the star’s actions, people are depriving her of the freedom that was just given back to her not even a year ago. People are also not allowing her the growth she’s earned over the last decade and a half. Spears, and all women for that matter, deserve to not only have full control over their bodies but their life choices, whether we agree with them or not.

While Spears was hospitalized and undergoing mental evaluations in 2008, her father, Jamie Spears, quickly petitioned to put the star in a temporary conservatorship, which was approved. A long eight months turned into an even longer 13 years when Britney Spears’ temporary conservatorship turned into a permanent one.

Everyone deserves help, but nobody deserves to be put in a circumstance of no control after a few hiccups in the road. And no one is entitled enough to be ridiculed by your own family. Yes, I’m talking to you Jamie Lynn Spears.

In her conservatorship, Britney Spears’s father controlled her finances, estate, career path and health. The once seemingly independent pop star living the dream in the early 2000s was now paying for a few public choices she made when she was in her mid-20s for a lifetime. Someone who was once a role model was suddenly perceived as unfit to make her own decisions.

Throughout her conservatorship, one of the most horrendous circumstances Spears faced was that she was not allowed to marry or get her IUD removed to have another child, something that she had publicly expressed she wanted.

On April 14, Spears announced she is expecting her first child with her fiance, Sam Asghari, whom she met on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video in 2016.

“I lost so much weight to go on my Maui trip only to gain it back,” Spears wrote under her Instagram post on April 11. “I thought “Geez … what happened to my stomach ???” My husband said “No you’re food pregnant silly !!!” So I got a pregnancy test … and uhhhhh well … I am having a baby.”

Spears not only won back her estate, but her uterus.

She has control over her life again and is making big life decisions, something she couldn’t do close to six months ago. It’s time to keep your opinions to yourself and give her peace.

Spears is marrying a 28-year-old dreamboat and is expecting to deliver a baby which I imagine she never thought would be a reality. Tabloids always shamed her for wearing revealing clothing but now she’s freely posting semi-nude photos of herself on Instagram. She’s also completing small milestones in her newfound freedom, like getting her nails painted and driving on her own for the first time in years.

Though fans have grown protective over the celebrity, it’s time we cut the ties and finally treat her like a human being. We should support whatever path she takes, as weird as it may be at times. We must let Spears finally find her peace, and if that means starting a new family, so be it.