International pop star Britney became an iconic figure in the Nineties, rising to fame at the age of 17 through hits such as ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ and ‘Oops I Did It Again’. Yet, her stardom meant she faced immense pressures in both her personal and professional life, leading to a series of public breakdowns. She quickly bounced back, but was placed under a conservatorship with her father Jamie Spears and an attorney — meaning they had complete control over her assets.
She is still under this conservatorship more than a decade later, but is calling for her father to be removed from his role and has taken the issue to court.
The controversy surrounding the pop icon and her conservatorship has triggered the fan-led movement, #FreeBritney and inspired two documentaries on the topic this year, one released by the New York Times and another which will be aired tonight by the BBC.
Britney’s social media account has responded to both of these documentaries, dismissing several of their claims.
Britney has also spoken out against living in the spotlight on a handful of occasions in recent years.
During her Las Vegas residency, she opened one show in 2017 by hitting back at the constant media attention in a clip which went viral.
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Britney performing in Vegas in 2018 as part of her residency
The star said: “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up…looked at the news, lots of things going on in the world and stuff.”
She then noted how she has been in the media spotlight her “whole life”.
The pop star continued: “One minute, they tear you down, and that’s really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, but I’ve never really spoken about it.
“I’m a Southern girl, I’m from Louisiana.
“I’m from the South and I like to keep it real, so I just want to make sure I feel having you motherf***ers something to talk about.”
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The New York Times’ ‘Framing Britney Spears’ aired in February, and renewed the #FreeBritney movement.
Then on her Instagram account, the star responded.
She wrote: “My life has always been very speculated …watched … and judged really my whole life.”
She said she had been “judged, insulted and embarrassed” during her time in the public eye.
She added: “I didn’t want the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in…I cried for two weeks and well…I still cry sometimes.”
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Britney in 2008, when her conservatorship was first put in place
Britney fans have started a #FreeBritney movement
She concluded that she was “not here to be perfect”.
Britney took to Instagram again this week to share her thoughts of the BBC’s upcoming documentary, ‘‘The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship’.
Alongside a video of her dancing, the singer said: “So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life … what can I say … I’m deeply flattered !!!!
“These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing.”
Britney added that she wanted to move on, and look to the future.
She explained: “Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago????”
Britney with her parents, Lynne Spears and Jamies Spears
The star’s conservatorship case is heading to court in June, and Britney’s lawyer said she has requested to speak out directly about the arrangement.
Britney has indicated through her lawyers that she does not want her father Jamie to be in charge of her personal affairs anymore.
Although he used to be in control of both her financial affairs and her personal life, the star’s father stepped down as personal conservator in 2019 for health reasons.
He was replaced by a care professional Jodi Montgomery on a temporary basis, but Britney asked for this to be made permanent.
‘The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash and a Conservatorship’ will air on BBC Two at 9pm tonight, and is available on BBC iPlayer.
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