Britney Spears deactivates Instagram account while celebrating engagement

Britney Spears's conservatorship battle caused public outcry over her treatment. Credit: PA

Pop icon Britney Spears has dispelled rumours that she has quit Instagram, by announcing she just wanted to take a break from social media, after her account was deactivated.

The newly engaged superstar, 39, had been using Instagram to share updates with fans amid her conservatorship battle.

It was on the platform Spears announced on Sunday she was set to marry partner Sam Asghari.

The deactivation of her account worried some of her die-hard fans who suggested it may have had something to do with her recently publicised conservatorship battle.

But shortly after, the singer posted on Twitter to say she will not be away from Instagram for long.

She wrote: “Don’t worry folks… just taking a little break from social media to celebrate my engagement !!!! I’ll be back soon”.

Spears’s decision to deactivate her account comes ahead of another hearing in the conservatorship that controls her life and career.

Her father, Jamie, oversees her multi-million dollar estate but agreed to step down after months of pressure from the singer, who demanded he be removed from the role.

In a stunning move earlier this month, lawyers for Mr Spears filed a petition at the court in Los Angeles asking a judge to consider terminating the conservatorship.

The judge now has to rule on the request. The next hearing is scheduled for September 29.

Spears announced her engagement to Iranian-born actor and fitness instructor Asghari, 27, after almost five years of dating.

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