Britney Spears has declared that she is not making a return to the music industry, putting an end to recent speculation about a potential comeback.
Reports had surfaced indicating that the 42-year-old singer was planning a major musical return with assistance from renowned pop figures Charli XCX and Julia Michaels, who were allegedly contributing to her first album in nearly a decade.
However, Britney took to her Instagram account to dispel these rumors, stating, “Just so we’re clear most of the news is trash!!! They keep saying I’m turning to random people to do a new album… I will never return to the music industry!!!” She clarified that when she writes, it is either for fun or for others, adding, “I’m a ghostwriter and I honestly enjoy it that way!!!”
The Princess of Pop also addressed false reports about her memoir, “The Woman in Me,” claiming it was “released without my approval illegally.” Britney denounced these rumors, stating they were “far from the truth.”
Rolling Stone reported that moments before Britney’s post, a source close to the project in progress revealed that her team was assembling music to inspire her return to the studio. The insider explained: “Right now, management and A&R are trying to get her excited for the music. As of right now, she’s not actively in recording, but they’re getting [songs] done to present to her. Nothing is cemented or in stone… The hype around this is that everyone wants her to make music again, but I don’t know if she’s there yet.”
For devoted fans, Britney’s retirement might not come as a shock. In 2021, following her release from a 13-year court-appointed conservatorship, she expressed her desire to step away from the music industry as a way of asserting herself after enduring personal hardships and mistreatment.
Britney Spears’ last studio album, “Glory,” was released in 2016, and while the singer briefly returned to music in 2022 with a revamped version of Elton John’s “Hold Me Closer,” she has made it clear that she is content with her role as a ghostwriter and has bid farewell to the industry that made her a global sensation.