"I am worried about my friend and co-star," Manning captioned a picture of her, Britney and Zoe Saldana from the 2002 film "Crossroads."
UPDATE at 6:15am PT on February 13, 2020: After deleting her initial post, detailed below, Taryn Manning posted another photo of her, Britney Spears and Zoe Saldana on the set of "Crossroads" and clarified why she expressed concern for Britney.
"Response to media: First off, my apologies to Britney. I had no media agenda. Never was I seeking attention, nor press via Britney. The reason why I posted was because many fans of her contact me daily BEGGING me to do something. I used to not respond. Then, I started to ask for proof of these allegations they presented. Finally, I posted because it was eating away at me for months," she wrote. "What if there is something wrong? I wanted my post to be about the forgotten ones, hence the sentiment. I did not expect the amount of hate in my inbox though, and I don't need it in my life, people can be cruel. I like Britney, we had a blast at that time, and I want her happy like any decent human would want for another. The Christian in me sees the Christian in her. You are so very loved."
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In the post, which featured the "Orange Is the New Black" star and Spears in a black-and-white image together, Manning said that she was "worried about my friend and co-star." Spears starred with Manning and Zoe Saldana in the 2002 film "Crossroads."
"Too many times we let one go a-stray and never bother to poke our heads around," she captioned the image. "Not my chair, not my problem."
She went on with her message, adding "Hey, least we aren’t walking into a gas chamber out of left field today #love @britneyspears ❤️ For all of you who hit me daily to do something. I hear you now! We care. Voice away angels this is your playground❤️ can’t phase us anymore. she is my focus. ❤️ loving you"
Manning didn't go into any further detail as to exactly why she was worried about Spears right now, nor was it clear why she ultimately chose to remove the post from the platform. As screen-captured by The Daily Mail, the post had been liked by more than 32,600 people, including Gabrielle Union.
Fans have been clamoring for Spears in a #FreeBritney movement that is seeking to see her come out from under a conservatorship that has managed her life and affairs for the past 12 years. Until recently, her father Jamie Spears was in charge of that until he stepped down in September 2019 due to ongoing health issues.
Of more immediate concern for fans, the singer has been notably absent from social media in the way they'd been used to interacting with her. Granted, Britney has been busy promoting and prepping her pop-up experience "Britney: The Zone" in Los Angeles, though she has not made a public appearance there, either.
And fans have noticed that the pics she's been sharing have either been of fans, graphics or notably-dated videos, like a yoga video she shared last week that she captioned "When my tree was still up," referring to the Christmas tree in the background. Fans are concerned that someone is posting on her behalf.
Spears has largely shied away from the public spotlight after ending her Las Vegas residency in January 2019 because of her father's illness. In April, she checked into a mental health facility for a month. She's spent the year dealing with shifts in her conservatorship, with reports that she wants out from under it as well, and custody disputes over her two sons.
In December, she lashed out (sweetly) at the "mean" people of the world, asking for more kindness.
"It's been hard to keep wanting to share because people say the meanest things," she wrote of some of the comments she sees on her posts. "If you don't like a post ... just keep it to yourself and unfollow that person!!! There's no reason to ever go out of your way to make mean comments and bully people!!!"
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