Cockburn understands that the period between Christmas and the new year is a weird time. His own days have been spent knocking back the bourbon and hiding behind the couch when family members come to check in. But it seems that others have been spending the festive period glued to TikTok and convincing the world that Britney Spears is dead.

Remember the conspiracy that Avril Lavigne committed suicide and was replaced by a look-alike named Melissa? This is pretty similar. Spears’s fans — which Cockburn should mention aren’t exactly the most sane of people — have alleged...

Cockburn understands that the period between Christmas and the new year is a weird time. His own days have been spent knocking back the bourbon and hiding behind the couch when family members come to check in. But it seems that others have been spending the festive period glued to TikTok and convincing the world that Britney Spears is dead.

Remember the conspiracy that Avril Lavigne committed suicide and was replaced by a look-alike named Melissa? This is pretty similar. Spears’s fans — which Cockburn should mention aren’t exactly the most sane of people — have alleged that the singer is either missing, in trouble or dead, and have started the hashtag, #WheresBritney.

The theory comes from fans who have been closely monitoring Spears’s social media posts and even the movement of her family members around the country. Because what else is there to do over the holidays? The combination of Britney only posting recycled, old content over the holidays and not being papped after telling her fans about an upcoming trip to New York City raised red flags.

Earlier in December, fans were puzzled when Britney posted a photo of her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, to her Instagram account with a caption that read, “Congratulations on being so brave, inspiring, and showing guts and glory in your show!!! You ain’t alone… if anybody knows what that feels like… I get it. My baby sister!!! I love you!!!”

Nothing like a bit of sisterly love. But Britney’s die-hard fans found her post odd, considering she did call Jamie Lynn “scum” back in January 2022. That was when Britney wrote up a scathing caption on Instagram following the release of her sister’s memoir, Things I Should Have Said, that read, “National best seller???? DUH …. the timing of your book was unbelievable Jamie Lynn … especially knowing the whole world had no clue what was really done to me!!!!”

Then there’s the husband. Fans have theorized that Sam Asghari may still be controlling Spears after a weird video posted by the singer on her birthday. In the video, Asghari sings “Happy Birthday” to her as she sits in front of a pink cake. “Thank you so much,” you can hear Britney’s voice say. She continued, “I love you. Thank you so much, baby.” Then Sam tells her it’s time to open her gift, to which the singer responds, “Okay.”

According to viewers, her voice sounds like a recording. One fan reposted the clip on TikTok with the caption: “Ok I’m just gonna say it. Britney is not free. Or she’s already gone. WTF IS THIS!?!?! Where is she!?!?” adding, “Why does this sound like they’re playing sound bits of her voice!?!? Why is she wearing her COVID EXTENSIONS!?!? Where is she!!??”

Maybe Britney’s fans need to take some sleuthing tips from Avril Lavigne’s followers. Or, you know, drink a few bourbons and lay off the TikTok. Cheers!