Britney Spears claims she was ‘forced’ into Diane Sawyer interview

Britney Spears has claimed she was ‘forced’ to sit down with Diane Sawyer in 2003 despite not wanting to be interviewed.

In a now-deleted Instagram post, the pop star reflected on the controversial chat which famously saw her burst into tears after being grilled by Sawyer about her split from Justin Timberlake and accused of having a ‘shopping problem.’

‘Do we dare forget the Diane Sawyer interview in my apartment almost 20 years ago???’ Britney penned.

‘What was with the “you’re in the wrong” approach ?? Geeze … and making me cry ???’

Britney went on to claim that she was living on her own in New York at the time and ‘never spoke to anyone’.

‘My manager put that woman in my home and made me talk to her on national television and she asked me if I had a shopping problem,’ she continued. ‘When did I have a problem with shopping? When I never left my apartment?’

Last month, Britney was freed from the controversial conservatorship after nearly 14 years.

Elsewhere in the post, Britney criticised her family and the US state of California as she celebrated her new financial freedom in the run up to the Christmas holidays.

The pop star said she was ‘embarrassed’ her father, Jamie Spears, had been allowed to exploit her and control her access to money for years.

‘Anyway I’m able to have cash now so I went to an ATM and was so proud of my 300 dollars…and no I’m not embarrassed to share this, well maybe a little,’ Britney added.

‘But I’m more embarrassed for my family for condoning the fact that I wasn’t allowed to have cash for so long when I worked my little ass off for them.

‘I’m embarrassed for the state of California for permitting my father to have me work as hard as he worked me all those years.

‘I’m sad for all of them because I know my value and worth now and they LOST ME!’ (sic)

Britney added that she had used the money to buy Christmas presents and wished her followers well during the festive season.

‘I bought chocolate, Christmas socks and a bottle of white wine with my cash, it was great,’ she said.

‘I felt so independent when I came home. Hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas.’ has contacted Jamie Spears for comment.

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