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Britney Spears says she has converted to Catholicism

by Kelly Valencia

Pop singer Britney Spears has revealed she has converted to Catholicism. 

In an Instagram post, the 39-year-old told her more than 32 million followers she has become a Catholic by captioning a video of her dancing in a blue dress. 

She said: "Pssss as for the next video...I just got back from mass ... I'm Catholic now ... let us pray !!!"

It is not the first time that Spears has hinted at having a Christian faith. Very early in her career, she spoke openly about wanting to remain a virgin until marriage and explained how she had been brought up going to a Baptist church. 

However, earlier this year during a Q&A on Instagram she admitted she goes "back and forth" between religions. 

"I grew up Baptist," she says. "But I studied Kabbalah so I go back and forth - but I do believe there is a god," she said. 

The artist has been known to have explored other religions such as Hinduism and Kabbalah, an "ancient spiritual wisdom that empowers us to improve our lives, discover our purpose, and achieve the lasting fulfilment we are meant to receive" as described by Kabbalah Centre's website. 

Many celebrities, including Madonna, were involved in the practice and it was her who introduced Spears to the religion in 2004. However, two years later Spears announced on her website she was "no longer studying Kabbalah". 

In 2006, the pop singer was spotted at Hindu temple in California with her son, allegedly taking part in a blessing ceremony for him. 

Spears is also known to have a tattoo of a pink and white cross on her lower hip and another one on her neck written in Hebrew, which says 'Mem Hey Shin' and which means "healing". She posted a picture of her most recent tattoo on Instagram saying: "It's my favorite tattoo but ironically you never see it ?????? !!!!!"

As for her variable relationship with Christianity, she recently posted Bible verses on her social media accounts and even a picture of her in front of a church building saying: "Even on holiday, always take time to go to church". 

Her Catholic post comes as the singer continues her legal battle against her father. Spears' new lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, has just filed legal documents demanding Jamie Spears, Britney's dad, be removed as the singer's conservator. 

The next hearing is due to take place on 29th September but Rosengart has requested it be moved to 23rd August. 

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