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‘CHEERS TO US BAD GIRLS’: Britney Spears dances with knives again

'I know I spooked everyone with the last post, but these are fake knives,' pop star assures worried fans

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Britney Spears alarmed fans after dancing with a pair of butchers' knives. Photo by Britney Spears /Instagram

After telling fans to “lighten up” following her viral knife dance, Britney Spears has returned to Instagram to perform her routine again.

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“I know I spooked everyone with the last post, but these are fake knives that my team rented from Hand Prop shop in LA,” Spears wrote Thursday night after police performed a wellness check on the pop star.

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The Grammy winner sounded alarm bells among her legion of fans earlier this week after posting a video in which she was seen cavorting around her home with a pair of butchers’ knives.

“I started playing in the kitchen with knives today,” she wrote before clarifying the instruments were “NOT real,” adding, “Halloween is soon.”

Spears’ dogs appeared in the background of the clip, but were scared off by her jerky movements, “creepy smile” and clanging blades.

On Instagram, the Toxic singer turned commenting off, but on X, formerly Twitter, fans said that her upload was evidence that she isn’t doing well following her split from estranged husband Sam Asghari last month.

“The debate is over,” one person wrote. “Britney Spears is insane and can’t take care of herself. At this point, we even have to ask if she could be a danger to others. For a year, she’s been dancing incessantly in the exact same spot, and now she’s even waving knives around.”

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Critics demanded the dogs be removed from her care. “Those poor dogs just ran scared they need to be rescued and she needs HELP,” one wrote, with another adding: “Someone hide those puppies quick!!”

In a follow-up video, Spears, 41, was observed sporting a bandage and what appeared to be a gash on her thigh and lower back.

But the I’m a Slave 4 U songstress was unmoved by the unfolding drama.

“Lighten up about the knives,” Spears captioned a followup video, telling her followers she was “copying Shakira,” who danced with blades at the MTV Video Music Awards earlier this month.

After cops showed up at her home to check on the mother-of-two at the urging of someone close to the singer, Spears revived her bizarre moves in a white top and pink bikini bottoms.

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“These are not real knives,” she assured her followers.

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Britney Spears returned to Instagram to dance with knives. Photo by Britney Spears /Instagram

Captain Dean Worthy of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office told Page Six that one of their sergeants checked up on her after getting a call from someone close to Spears.

“Somebody close to Britney had seen the video posted on social media, where she’s dancing and twirling with knives in her hands, and they were really concerned for her mental well-being,” the public information officer told the outlet.

Worthy said the visiting officer were told Spears was “fine” and “nothing was going on.”

“No one needs to worry or call the police. I’m trying to imitate one of my favourite performers Shakira,” Spears pleaded in her latest post as she tried to quell fans’ fears. “A performance I was inspired by !!! Cheers to us bad girls who aren’t afraid to push boundaries and take risks.”

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But while some of her supporters were vocal in their worry about her mental well-being, Spears’ boogie quickly became a meme on social media with one diehard donning a Michael Myers mask to copy her choreography.

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“It’s perfect,” one person wrote, praising the Myers knockoff. “Amazing talent,” another hailed. “A man who is dedicated to his craft.”

Meanwhile, some of Spears’ fans defended her dance and accused those concerned for her mental well-being of overreacting.

“When Shakira does a dance performance with knives it’s art. But if Britney Spears (obviously inspired by Shakira’s VMAs performance) does it, it’s a concern or she’s not OK,” one person wrote.

“Why can Shakira dance with knives but not Britney Spears?” another questioned. “It’s an actual art form. Y’all just have worms for brains.”

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Britney Spears Photo by Instagram

Earlier this year, TMZ alleged that Spears — who was involuntarily hospitalized twice in 2008 and sent to a mental health facility in 2019 — has a long-held “fascination with knives.”

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“Britney viewed knives as a means of protection,” TMZ reported in May. “She has a constant fear of being re-institutionalized, something she’s referenced in the past.”

With his divorce filing catching her off guard, insiders close to Spears worry that she’s headed on a “downward spiral.”

“The concern for Britney’s welfare right now is off the charts,” a source told Us Weekly.

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