'You see, it's actually you that lifts me up.'
"This is my letter of love to all my LGBTQ fans," begins Britney Spears in an emotional message in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month.
Her words — written in large, bubbly penmanship (the exact kind you might imagine coming from Spears) — says a lot about why she means so much to her gay fans. And, most notably, how the feelings have always been mutual.
In the heartfelt letter — published by Billboard as part of a larger Pride series — Spears explained how her LGBTQ fans have helped her and her sons become better people.
"Continuously throughout my career," Spears wrote, "you’ve always been so vocal about what a positive impact I’ve had on you — that I’ve instilled joy, hope, and love in you at times when there was none. That my music is an inspiration. That my story gives you hope. But I have a secret to share w/ you."
"You see, it’s actually you that lifts me up," Spears confessed.
"The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to [be] better people. I love you."
Spears has been a vocal advocate for the LGBTQ community for years.
The singer often uses her platform to spread awareness about human rights issues, fighting for marriage equality, taking a stand against LGBTQ youth bullying, and rallying for equal bathroom access for transgender people in recent years.
The Pulse LGBTQ nightclub massacre — the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history — hit close to home for Spears.
"I have not been able to find words to express how I feel about what happened in Orlando," she wrote on Instagram last June, shortly before helping create a musical single, "Hands," to benefit the victims and their families. "We need to accept and love people for who they are."
Spears' actions empowering the LGBTQ community may speak louder than her words. But they also make each line of her Pride love letter that much more powerful.