Instagram changed everything by allowing Britney to speak directly (ish) to her fans – who were over the moon to hear from her and who immediately tried to decipher each post.

Eventually, her enthusiastic followers wondered what she really said about her photo of a mug that reads “It’s Mother King Tea Time” or the T-shirt that reads “We’re all dreamers.” This must have been Britney’s way of sharing that she has so much to say and will say it when she can, right? Or did she ask for help the whole time ?!

Unfortunately, as conspiracy theories do, it got out of hand, leading to abuse being hurled on her social media manager, Cassie Petrey, including allegations that she was part of a sinister machine that controls or suffocates Britney at work like Britney herself. (That seems to contradict the cause, but frustrated people react in unpredictable ways.)

Petrey wrote on Feb. 2, “First and foremost, I absolutely adore the Britney Spears fan base. They are amazing, loyal and passionate about them. I admire them. I know everything they do and say because they really love them, why It’s been easy for me to overlook some of the nasty comments that have been thrown my way over the years – knowing deep down that it’s all out of love for one of the greatest pop stars of all time.

“However, there are many inaccurate theories … and I want to give as much information as possible without violating your or my privacy.”

Petrey insisted that Britney create almost all of her own content and even edit the videos herself. But even if she doesn’t hit the “Share” button with her own thumb, she has full discretion over her account and her team runs everything from her for approval. And for the record, “Britney doesn’t ask for help or leave secret messages on her social media.” Furthermore, Petrey added, her work for Britney “in no way involves her conservatism”.