The last person to talk about the Coaching Britney Spears the New York Times documentary that debuted on FX and Hulu last month is… Britney Spears herself.
“I didn’t watch the documentary, but from what I saw I was embarrassed by the light they put me in,” Spears wrote in an Instagram post Tuesday night. “I cried for two weeks and well…. I still cry sometimes !!!!”
The documentary sparked an ongoing conversation on social media about the singer’s treatment by the media and other celebrities. It comes amid an ongoing legal case between Spears and her father in which the singer seeks to regain control of her finances.
Justin Timberlake, who was famous with Spears in the late 1990s and early 2000s, responded to the backlash he received after the article was aired with his own long social media post.
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Timberlake wrote in part, “I feel deeply sorry for the times in my life when my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out wrongly or not, or did not stand up for what was right.”
He continued, “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson individually, because I take care of these women and I respect them and I know I have failed.”
Twitter users praised Craig Ferguson for publicly refusing to shame the struggling Spears at the time.
The media’s treatment of Spears has also come under scrutiny. After Coaching Britney Spears aired, users began reposting an interview Diane Sawyer did with a 21-year-old Spears and asking Sawyer to apologize. Part of this interview is featured in the documentary.
Spears doesn’t seem to want the attention, even though it’s nice. “My life has always been very speculated… I have always been judged so much… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am to this day !!!” she wrote on Instagram.