Fact Check: Britney Spears Did NOT Say 'I Have Cancer'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Britney Spears Did NOT Say 'I Have Cancer' Clickbait

Did Britney Spears say, "I have cancer"? No, that's not true: The pop singer never said that she had cancer. The false headline is being used as clickbait to a link to a tabloid website where a post talks about the abuse she suffered under her conservatorship. She had made a reference to cancer, but she did not say she was diagnosed with it.

The claim appeared as a Facebook post (archived here) on February 11, 2022, under the title "#BreakingNews 'I Have Cancer.'" It opened:

#BritneySpears reveals DEVASTATING NEWS

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:


Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Feb 14 18:05:18 2022 UTC)

Amber Portwood is a star on the MTV show "Teen Mom." The link she shared with the picture of Spears leads to an article on tabloid website Celebuzz titled, "BRITNEY SPEARS CLAIMS FAMILY FORCEFULLY MADE HER ILL" This is a recap of a post Spears shared on her Instagram revealing details of the treatment she received while being forced against her will into a rehab center.

Spears does not ever say "I have cancer," just that she was so confused by her treatment that she felt as if a secret diagnosis was being kept from her. What she actually wrote was:

I've learned through this that being kind is wonderful ... but sometimes with serious responsibility being kind is worse than two cents ... but I couldn't get angry or scream or anything !!! I felt suffocated !!! At one point I thought ... wait do I have cancer and they don't want me to know and this is some secret therapy for people with cancer ???

While Spears deleted her post on Instagram, the Twitter fan account @breatheonmiley posted screenshots of her message:

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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