Britney Spears lights up a cigarette while taking her car out for a drive... after father Jamie Spears said he would step down as her conservator
She appeared to celebrate the news that her father had agreed to step down as her conservator with a high-energy dance video posted earlier in the day.
And Britney Spears was spotted again later on Friday as she relaxed while lighting up a cigarette.
The 39-year-old pop superstar was behind the wheel for a drive near her Thousand Oaks home.
On the road: Britney Spears, 39, took a relaxing drive near her home in Thousand Oaks, California, on Friday afternoon while lighting up a cigarette
Britney appeared to be dressed casually and had sunglasses on to block out the piercing sun.
She was spotted flicking ash from her cigarette out the window.
While she was out and about, the Womanizer singer dropped by a convenience store to pick up a soda.
Although Britney doesn't appear to publicize her smoking on her social media accounts, she admitted as early as 2002 that she sometimes smokes cigarettes in an interview with People.
Quick trip: Britney was dressed casually and wore sunglasses. She was spotted stopping by a convenience store to pick up a soda
Earlier in the day, Britney referenced her cryptic Project Rose photos on Instagram while savoring the scent of a lovely pink flower.
The singer's latest posts arrive just days after lawyers for her father Jamie Spears announced that he planned to step down from his position as her conservator.
Britney's super-short video featured her in a tightly pleated white patterned peasant top that she appears to have worn previously.
As with many of her posts, it's unclear if she filmed the clip recently or was reusing it from a previous session, but she appears to have worn the same outfit at least a year earlier.
A thick strand of Britney's long blond hair fell down the front of her shoulder, and she paired the top with brilliant white cut-off jeans.
She was seen sniffing the flower in the photo, which only lasted about a second.
Smelling the roses: Earlier, she sniffed a pink flower in another Instagram entry from for her series Project Rose, which she hasn't explained so far
Going strong: 'Project Rose is a year old and 9 days old!!!!' she gushed in her caption. 'Why does this project smell so f***ing good still today????'
'Project Rose is a year old and 9 days old!!!!' she gushed in her caption. 'Why does this project smell so f***ing good still today???? Psss if you look closely the mood ring I’m wearing was for my song MOOD RING!!!!'
Although Britney doesn't appear to have explicitly stated what Project Rose or her other color-coded projects entail, they appear to simply refer to a series of coordinated photos featuring recurring colors or objects.
In the case of Project Rose, which she sometimes refers to as Project Red, she seems to pose with either a red flower or other red items or clothing.
However, the cryptic nature of the Toxic singer's posts has led many fans to craft conspiracy theories about the projects.
Old school: Britney's super-short video featured her in a tightly pleated white patterned peasant top and white cut-offs that she appears to have worn previously
Easter egg: The makers of the documentary Framing Britney Spears revealed in February that they used roses as an allusion to Britney's posts, according to Glamour
Some have speculated that the posts were coded messages to her fans about the state of her conservatorship, though there's little evidence to support those assertions.
In February, eagle-eyed fans noted that the New York Times Present documentary Framing Britney Spears featured outdoor interviews conducted in front of an ivy-covered wall decorated with roses, which led some to speculate that the filmmakers were collaborating with their subject.
However, director Samantha Stark and New York Times Senior Editor Liz Day told Glamour later in February that they had noticed Britney's use of roses and opted to include them on their set as a reference to her posts.
Later on Friday, Britney shared two extreme closeups of her face as she documented her recent weight-loss attempt.
She didn't appear to be wearing a shirt and was lit similarly to a topless post from July 30.
Slimming down: Later on Friday, Britney shared two extreme closeups of her face as she documented her recent weight-loss attempt
A slightly zoomed-out second photo appeared to show her covering her bust with her hands.
'It’s really weird whenever I try to slim down it usually starts with my legs first ... then my stomach ... then my face … and that's when I know I’ve actually lost weight!!!!' she explained.
Although she sounded excited at getting results, the hitmaker wasn't totally sold on her slimmer figure and seemed to miss some of her curves.
'When you swipe to the second pic you can actually really see how slim my face is but I’m not so sure I like it… In the old days when women were heavier they were considered more attractive to men because it was a sign of wealth!!!!' she continued.
'I have a couple of throwback dances from this summer where I looked heavier but it's weird cause I think I was happier!!!! Oh well ... sorry for my shallow talk of weight … but it is what it is you know!!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL ☀️!!!!!'
Mixed feelings: 'I’m not so sure I like it,' Britney said of her weight loss and added that she was happier in dancing videos where she was heavier
Earlier this year Britney highlighted her weight loss in a dancing video after sharing that she had taken up portion control to lose weight.
The entertainer's weight was featured in a widely publicized anecdote from a lengthy report published by The New Yorker in July.
According to writers Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino, former Spears family friend Jacqueline Butcher claimed that she saw Jamie say: 'Baby, you’re fat. Daddy’s gonna get you on a diet and a trainer, and you’re gonna get back in shape.'
Britney's latest posts following a joyous dancing video from earlier on Friday.
She put on a high-energy display in black lace catsuit while striking a number of poses, captioning the post simply with three kiss emojis.
It follows Thursday's court filing by Jamie, 69, who is finally relinquishing control of his daughter's estate, marking a huge victory for the singer as she battles to end a 13-year conservatorship - even though he did not immediately resign.
Freedom: Britney dances in lace bodysuit in an Instagram video from earlier on Friday... just a day after father Jamie agreed to step down as conservator of her estate
Britney has been known to share a wealth of content for her fans on social media, and has made more than a few pointed digs at her family members and her current situation.
Immediately after the news of Jamie stepping down, Britney posted yet another dancing of herself, with a caption that said 'letting go is freedom!'
Jamie has been paying himself $16,000 a month since 2008 to manage his daughter's estimated $60million fortune.
He announced Thursday that he would stepping down, as his daughter has long demanded, provided Judge Brenda Penny asked him to and there was a plan in place for Britney's care.
The 39-year-old pop star put on a high-energy display in black lace catsuit while striking a number of poses, captioning the post simply with three kiss emojis.
Moving on: It is unclear what the next steps will be, aside from Jamie preparing for a smooth transition between conservators
Pointed: Immediately after the news of Jamie stepping down, Britney posted yet another dancing of herself, with a caption that said 'letting go is freedom!'
Busting a move: The singer delights her fans with her social media content
Britney's lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, said it was 'a vindication for Britney'.
'We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed,' he said. 'It is vindication for Britney.'
In the court documents, obtained by TMZ, his lawyers write: 'There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate ... and it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears' best interests.
'Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests.'
Jamie Spears, pictured with Britney in 2015, on Thursday resigned as her conservator. He said that he was stepping down because he did not feel the continued public battle was in her best interests
It is unclear what the next steps will be, aside from Jamie preparing for a smooth transition between conservators.
Meanwhile, Britney appears to be free to continue to post as she pleases on her Instagram account.
Her friend, Paris Hilton took to Twitter yesterday, to express her relief that Britney is a a step closer to her freedom.
'I’m so happy to hear this news,' the socialite, 40, wrote with emojis of clapping hands and a heart. 'It’s been so long overdue but I’m so glad that Britney is on her way to finally being free.'
Ecstatic: Britney certainly looks upbeat after the news of her father Jamie stepping down
Twists and turns: Fans have been glued to her Instagram account amid the ongoing drama
Not so mellow yellow: The star put on an energetic display in the latest Instagram video
Happy: Britney appeared to be in a good mood in her latest video
The hotel heiress added, 'Sending so much love!' adding the now-ubiquitous hashtag #FreeBritney.
Rosie O'Donnell also took to Instagram to comment on the latest development in the case, sending her well-wishes to the pop star, as she said: 'That's right, he's stepping down, all the pressure worked, good for you Britney, being brave - tick tock you don't stop!'
Jamie, who has always insisted he was acting in the best interests of his superstar daughter, said that he will work with the legal teams to bring the complex case to an end.
'So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter's new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator,' his lawyers wrote.
Jamie, who is not believed to have spoken to his daughter since before Christmas, said that he will continue to look out for his daughter's best interests.
Jamie, 69, is pictured in 2008 leaving Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse - when her conservatorship was introduced. After 13 years, it now finally seems to be coming to an end
Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears's lawyer, was appointed on July 14 to represent her - replacing the court-appointed Sam Ingham
'Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears' father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests,' the lawyers said.
'If the public knew all the facts of Ms. Spears' personal life, not only her highs but also her lows, all of the addiction and mental health issues that she has struggled with, and all of the challenges of the Conservatorship, they would praise Mr. Spears for the job he has done, not vilify him.'
He said that the arrangement 'has worked as intended' and it was not surprising that Britney had felt 'constrained'.
The lawyers wrote: 'The Conservatorship has provided Ms. Spears with a structure to help her navigate the daily challenges of her personal life, family matters, medical issues, and career.
'By nature, the structure includes safeguards to protect the Conservatee from self-harm or harm from others.
'It is not surprising that Ms. Spears has often felt constrained or subject to excessive supervision.
'But, at least for the greater part of the past thirteen years, the Conservatorship has worked as intended.'
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