Britney chose X17online tonight to get her message out to the world -- and a strong message it is.

Brit went for a tanning session and then for a sushi dinner in Bel Air with her cousin Allie and as the two were in the tanning salon, Britney called for X17 photographer Sandro, to come in and videotape her message to the public. She told him not to ask her questions but said, simply, "It's my time."

This is just a quick piece of video of all that happened tonight, but we wanted to isolate Britney's message and bring it to you as she would want us to.

Watch and listen ... there's much more to come ...