Having spent most of her life in the spotlight, Britney Spears is no stranger to having people critique her appearance — especially when she chooses to show a little skin. Recently, the 39-year-old pop star has been showing more than ever on her Instagram feed, where she’s taken to posting topless photos, and she is opening up about her decision to do so.

“No guys … I didn’t get a boob job in just a week … nor am I pregnant,” she said in the caption of her most recent IG pic. “I have boobs in these pics cause I devoured food ? !!!!” Spears then writes that she wants to explain to her followers why she’s been exposing her skin.

“In my opinion it’s quite twisted the immediate response of when any woman is hot and they want to shed a layer … no … I’m not talking in a strip club or a performance … just on a practical scale of being in your car and realizing you’re wearing a stupid long sleeve shirt in the summer !!!!” she writes. “The immediate reaction to any woman who does this after shedding a layer is DAMN I FEEL BETTER … therefore you think you look better!”

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She continues: “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 fuck but in my imagination it felt great !!!!…”

“Anyways I bet you’re wondering why I’d expose my body NOW,” Spears addresses her followers. “Well it’s because I was born into this world naked and I honestly feel like the weight of the would has been on my shoulders and it’s made me view myself that way !!!!”

Spears is clearly referring to the publicity around her 13-year-long conservatorship, which she recently spoke openly about for the very first time. Last week, the star’s father, Jamie Spears, announced he would be stepping down as her conservator.

In her post, Spears continues: “I wanted to see myself in a lighter way … naked … like the way I was born and to me 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…”

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She then clarifies that she’s “not going to do topless pics for the rest of my life” because “that would get boring.” Spears also references the #FreeBritney movement, shouting out her fans for being “so damn amazing.” The comments on the post have been hugely supportive, with many praising the singer for taking ownership over not only her body, but her life and happiness.

“You deserve to own your sexuality after all these years babe,” one user wrote. “You’re so beautiful inside & out. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Your strength and perseverance are unmatched,” said another.

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