Britney Spears hit her friend Selena Gomez with a cryptic Instagram post at an awards speech in 2016.
The “Toxic” singer posted two photos of her in a red bikini alongside a lengthy caption, seemingly taking issue with Gomez’s speech at the American Music Awards that year.
Gomez just won the award for Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist and used her acceptance speech to send a message to fans about body image.
“I don’t want to see your body on Instagram. I want to see what’s in here,” Gomez said while pointing to her heart. “I’m not trying to get validation, I don’t need anymore.”
Six years later, Spears, who has become known for dancing in skimpy dresses and posing nude on Instagram, dug up the speech and targeted Gomez.
“Don’t you just love the nerve of women who are standing up for awards and voicing their beliefs about not showing their bodies on Instagram???!!!!!” Spears started from the edited post.
“They say ‘that’s not something I would do’ yet the same women get a $4 million budget video of sucking and licking homemade ice cream!!!!”
The ice cream reference may be a dig at Gomez’s music video with K-pop group Blackpink for the song “Ice Cream”.
In the 2020 video, Gomez and the Blackpink stars—Jisu, Jennie, Rose, and Lisa—work at an ice cream truck and later eat ice cream from a cone.
Spears continued: “These other girls have nothing but beautiful bodies!!!! Who cares if they flaunt it??? They should!!!
“So the next time I see a guy sucking a lollipop with a big-budget video but giving righteous speeches to other women about exposing their bodies, I want to tell those people don’t be a hypocrite with your big-budget lollipop sucking. Dream…”
He concluded: “Why do you stand so strongly against girls like you getting attention and they have none????”
But Spears later deleted the caption and replaced it with her signature red rose emoji.
Spears’ supposed shade toward Gomez comes as a surprise after the pop star attended the “Lucky” hitmaker’s wedding to Sam Asghari in June.
Gomez was joined by the likes of Paris Hilton, Madonna, Drew Barrymore and Donatella Versace at the star-studded wedding.
Spears married the model at her former Thousand Oaks, California home after dating for nearly five years.
The singer herself was surprised by the celebrity turnout for her big day.
“Guys I got married just two months ago [party popper emojis] !!! You can believe it [see-no-evil monkey emojis] ??? Going to Disneyland soon, my happy place,” Spears wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the stars at her wedding reception in August.
He then tagged each of the famous women, saying, “Thanks for surprising me.”
But she also gave a special shout-out to Gomez, making her recent Instagram rant all the more confusing.
“Thank you Selena for telling me all she wants is for me to be happy 3 times!!! It was a very, very, very special wedding!!!” Spears wrote in August.
In a previous post shortly after the wedding, Spears also gushed about Gomez saying that her mother also likes to wish people happiness “three times.”
“It was so wonderful that she was able to reach out to me and share her thoughts … even though I’ve been forced to see people against my will all my life … she was a beautiful surprise!!!” Spears wrote.
“I appreciate all the mental health speeches he gives to our generation… the two hour special with delegates… you are a special person and I had to share this picture… I thought it would make him happy.”
Gomez himself spoke about marriage Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Said: “I’m really happy for him. It was lovely.”
Newsweek Britney Spears and Selena Gomez have been reached for comment.