Britney Spears debuted a shorter hairstyle on social media Wednesday, coinciding with her conservatorship case's return to a California court this week.
The 39-year-old pop star shared three photos on Instagram. The first was paired with the caption: "Cut my hair 💇🏼♀️ !!!! You know what they say .... out with the old .... in with the new !!!!! Now let us pray 😉💋🙂✨ !!!!
Some of her fans commented on how much they loved the new look, while others expressed concern.
One person wrote, "Beautiful haircut Britney! Love this new look!"
Another fan commented, "Are you ok hun."
The bold new look comes as Spears has been embroiled in a public legal battle with her father, Jamie Spears, 68. The singer has been under conservatorship since her mental breakdown in 2007 — when she famously shaved her own head at a hair salon in Los Angeles; her father was deemed sole conservator last year after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned. In August, Spears filed court documents requesting that her father be removed.
In November, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny rejected Spears’ request to remove her father from the conservatorship. “My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” her lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, told the judge, according to the Associated Press. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
This week, the elder Spears spoke to CNN in a new interview ahead of the Wednesday hearing to review his handling of his daughter's assets, according to the news network.
"I love my daughter and I miss her very much," he said. "When a family member needs special care and protection, families need to step up, as I have done for the last 12-plus years, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally. I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family."
Lawyers for Britney Spears declined CNN's request for comment citing ongoing litigation.