On July 19, 2018, Britney Spears was sick.
Battling an illness that saw her reach a 40C (104-degree Fahrenheit) fever, the safest, most obvious thing for her to do was rest.
But in 2018, Spears was also touring. Her 'Piece of Me' tour, adapted from her four-year Las Vegas residency show, saw Spears perform 31 shows across Europe and North America in three months.
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Living under a conservatorship which gave Spears no autonomy over her own career and life, the sensible option of fluids and rest was not one that was granted to her.
So, onstage that night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Spears told the audience she was about to pass out.
"I'm about to pass out, and I'm sick," the singer said. "I have, actually, a 102 fever right now."
After backup dancers invited a fan onstage, she told him, "It's going to be really, really hot up here. I'm warning you."
That was three years ago, but a video of the exchange has resurfaced on Twitter after the New York Times published a story ahead of her long awaited appearance in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, local time.
Britney Spears felt forced to stay at a mental health facility and to perform against her will by a conservatorship that controls her affairs, court records obtained by The New York Times reveal. She’s fighting the arrangement in court. https://t.co/jr133PVGBp pic.twitter.com/Ql6gbZoKso— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 22, 2021