After years of court battles and Instagram thirst traps, it seems some Britney Spears fans have ventured too far In The Zone, comprising a group of online skeptics colloquial known as B-Anon.
Stemming from the shady legal happenings of the singer’s widely-criticized 13-year-conservatorship, an instance that largely vindicated fans’ suspicions that something was amiss with the princess of pop’s arrangement, B-Anon has emerged as a controversial faction of the Britney fandom, questioning everything — and we mean everything about the singer’s life.
From whispers that Britney is dead to suspicions she’s a clone here are B-Anon’s most fascinating theories.
NOTE: Much unlike MK-Ultra and the now Ghislaine Maxwell-backed concept that Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself, so far as we know, the following Britney conspiracy theories are just that — conspiracy theories (looking at you, unhinged Britney Twitter.)
Britney Is Dead Long live Britney
The year is 2009. The Black Eyed Peas are relevant, Obama is president, Kanye West and Taylor Swift’s beef is a mere twinkle in OK! Magazine’s eye (hey girlies!) and Britney Spears is pronounced dead?
Nearly two years after the installment of her conservatorship in October 2009, reporters at TMZ claimed to have discovered legal documents surrounding the arrangement alleging that Britney was dead.
@yourbestfriendjoshua So apparently Britney has been d3ad since 2009… #freebritney ? original sound - Joshua Pingley
While ominously reading "In re the Conservatorship of the Person and Estate of BRITNEY JEAN SPEARS, Deceased,” per TMZ, a not-so-post-mortem post-mortem revealed that the singer was, in fact, alive and well.
“No harm, no foul,” read the article. “Mega-lawyer Geraldine Wyle assures us Britney is just fine and has a long life expectancy, and she'll refile the papers, showing the Brit is still among us.”
Britney Spears was pronounced dead in 2009 legal documents pic.twitter.com/19zukAts7b— Cady The Blessing (@eearthangeel) December 8, 2022
TikTok is such a wild place, one minute I’m scrolling & laughing at dumb **** & the next minute I’m seeing conspiracy video about how Britney Spears is actually dead & her family has been running her account recently & now I’m going down a rabbit hole pic.twitter.com/3YlTlRk5n6— Essence (@7EYRW) December 6, 2022
Despite taking place more than a decade ago, with some theorizing the snafu stemmed from a clerical error involving legal documents surrounding late pop legend Michael Jackson, several B-Anon-ers have cited the mix-up as one piece of evidence that the Britney we know and love has been gone for some time, taking to social media with their allegations.
“Just some food for thought, back in 2009, Britney’s conservators in legal court documents pronounced her dead,” Mused TikToker @yourbestfriendjoshua in a video dating back to 2021, one of the several Britney fans who has speculated whether she’s dead, citing not only the document but also changes in her appearance and what seems to be shoddy editing from the star’s social team. “They claimed it was a ‘typo’ how is an entire word professional documented a typo?”
Beyond further fanning rumors surrounding her status, the existence of this document has not only fueled the suspicions that Britney’s conservators, including her father/public enemy number one in the eyes of her fandom, Jamie Spears, may be covering some shady business but another prevalent theory, one purporting that…
Britney Spears Was Been Replaced By A Clone
Yep. As questions surrounding Britney’s whereabouts — or lack thereof — continued to swirl, some B-Anoners have theorized that the Britney we see on social media, her wedding photos or even in her rare paparazzi sightings, may not be Britney but rather a clone.
Largely meme-d on Twitter and TikTok, the notion that the pop star’s team may be using a body double has become commonplace among the Britney conspiracy theorists, some speculating that her team’s use of a body double has been silently occurring for decades.
Extremely rare pic of Britney Spears performing with her clone. The conspiracy theories were true. pic.twitter.com/d26p6Z9ZEr— Henry (@HenryLovesBrit) December 15, 2022
“Conspiracy theorists believe that Britney Spears was replaced by a clone all the way back in 2004 right before her mental breakdown,” explained conspiracy TikToker @itsconspiracyseriously, adding that “the clone’s name, they say, is Maya Marie.”
everyone once and a while i get tik toks of britney spears’ clone doing yoga on my for you page pic.twitter.com/YGsimgh0YK— lil lil (@toilethoe) January 19, 2020
According to the clip — and broader B-Anon lore — the singer was first replaced by a clone after she was allegedly caught with one of her backup dancers, who was married with a child on the way at the time of their star-studded rendezvous.
“In order to keep rumors from spreading, her team apparently cloned Britney and kept her for a rainy day in order to prevent her from causing any future trouble,” noting that the real Britney was released into the world once “the rumors died down.”
But it’s not just the mid-aughts. B-Anon members have also claimed clones or body doubles have appeared in lieu of the actual singer in several key moments, including on social media, in music videos, and even at her own wedding. After all, wouldn’t Britney of all people know every word of Madonna’s “Vogue”?
BANON: That’s not really Britney! Thats a clone! Everyone on this wedding is Team Con, even Madonna & Versace!! https://t.co/LWZApptv3H— Cherry (@2n1bcdm) June 10, 2022
The Bottom Line?
Despite the absurdity of these claims, the concern and anguish fueling B-Anon aren’t entirely illogical. For years, Britney was silenced, her camp desperately covering the tracks of her arrangement, one in which she said she was forcibly medicated, financially exploited and emotionally abused.
“The people who did this to me should not get away,” Britney recounted during a harrowing 2021 court hearing, telling the judge that she felt her father, her management “and anyone involved in this conservatorship” or took part in “punishing” her when she “said no” should be legally reprimanded.
“They should be in jail,” she stated.
This precedent of painful opacity coupled with Britney’s sometimes concerning social media posts and pop culture gurus like Perez Hilton (he’s somehow still around!) and Instagram gossip page Deuxmoi cryptically alluding to something bad brewing in the Britney-verse is a perfect storm of worry and doubt, setting the stage for widespread concern — and even conspiracies.
Yet instead of speculating on her death, questioning the state of cloning technology in 2023 or calling wellness checks every time she deletes her Instagram, as some fans controversially did this week, it seems the best course of action may be to give Britney, a figure so historically exploited by the press and fans alike the privacy she seemingly wants and deserves.
As a tearful Cara Cunningham so aptly put in her internet-breaking 2007 rant, “leave Britney alone!”