Britney's first music video for "Make Me" shot by David LaChapelle has begun to surface.
It only took about an hour for 90-seconds of Britney's original "Make Me" video to hit the net, which includes scenes of her naked in a cage covered in glittery body paint, having simulated sex with the song's collaborator G-Eazy, throwing a television out the window and some writhing around on the ground in a sexy something.
It's the video we were all waiting for.
Britney nor her team have ever commented on the controversy, but something significant behind-the-scenes must have happened for Britney to ax a high budget video shot by a legendary director.
Perhaps she felt it was too sexy?
Britney's had a little history scrapping / editing videos during post-production. You may recall during the Britney Jean era, Brit admitted to watering down the final version of the "Work Bitch" video because she felt it was too much.
"Oh my god, we showed way more skin and did way more stuff for the video than what is actually there," she said at the time. "Like, I cut out half the video because I am a mother and because, you know, I have children, and it's just hard to play sexy mom while you're being a pop star as well."
She added: "A lot of sex goes into what I do, but sometimes I would like to bring it back to the old days when there was like one outfit through the whole video, and you're dancing the whole video, and there's like not that much sex stuff going on."
Her "Perfume" clip directed by Joseph Kahn shared a similar fate; it had an elaborate storyline which incorporated gun violence and self-sacrifice, but even after it was shot and edited, Brit ultimately decided to chop up that storyline as well to exclude any of that. The final version was a confusing and bland love triangle that ended with Britney in tears.
Fans have created a petition requesting the original. At the time of posting, there were 1998 signatures.
Will we ever see the original "Make Me" music video? If the visual ever does surface in full, it's unlikely Britney will endorse it. Typically when a professional decision is made, there's no desire to rehash the past. Even if fans can't forget.