David LaChapelle Supports #FreeBritney, Says Britney Requested Cage Scene In “Make Me” VideoApril 28, 2019
Director David LaChapelle let the cat out of the bag.
Rather, the kitten out of the cage.
Spearheading the #FreeBritney movement was the leak of the original music video for lead Glory track, “Make Me.” Seemingly out of nowhere, a high-resolution clip featuring footage shot for the first rendition of the video spilled onto the Internet. It’s unclear who obtained access to the material, or how they received it. No one knows, including its director.
LaChapelle has finally shared his two cents on the ordeal, and it’s wild.
He says the reason the original version was never released was simply because Britney wasn’t feeling it (Larry Rudolph’s “it just didn’t work teas), and finds the timing of the leak suspicious – perhaps a distraction from the situation at hand.
It’s worth mentioning the “Make Me” video leaked after learning Britney checked into a mental health facility, but before the #FreeBritney claims that the pop star was being held against her will there.
LaChapelle also claims the only direction Britney gave him for the video was to be filmed inside of a cage – he believes it was her way of expressing her feelings at the time – it’s unclear what Britney wanted fans to take away from that scene, but in light of the controversy surrounding her conservatorship at the moment, it could very well be an interpretation of that.
“This is some of my footage, this is not my edit,” he said. “I find it very suspect that the video was ‘leaked’ while Britney was ‘away.'”
He adds: “The video/song wasn’t released because Britney didn’t like it. Her voice as an artist, should be respected. The only direction Britney ever gave me for this video is for me to film her in the cage. At the time I didn’t understand why would you want to be filmed in a cage? At first I envisioned to film her as a tigress, but she wanted to be filmed more timid, like a kitten. For everyone on my team, at least, we could tell something was off….”
LaChapelle also recalls some strange occurrences during other projects they collaborated on together.
“For the video ‘ever time’ [sic] the only direction Britney gave me for the video was that she wanted to die, that she wanted to die in the video…. for the commercial for the ‘Onyx Hotel’ tour Britney never showed up. She was getting married in Vegas….”
“I have known Britney since she was 17. I shot her first cover, Rolling stone, it was shot in Louisiana at her family home, filled with her pageant trophies. I could tell even back then something wasn’t right. – David LaChapelle #freebritney”
You can view the Instagram post here. We can confirm the comment was posted by LaChapelle’s verified Instagram account prior to publishing.