In November 2020, Britney Spears’s legal team requested an end to the conservatorship of her father
Jamie Spears over Britney’s assets and estate. Last week Britney took to the court to speak for twenty-
three minutes in which she revealed that she had been abused by being forced to take Lithium, have an
IUD inserted in which she is not allowed to take out, and work without days off for years without being in
control of her schedule or money. Britney said, ‘I want my life back’ and also stated that she is depressed.
Unfortunately, this week Britney’s request has been denied and the conservatorship is still fully in place.
Britney’s sister, Jamie-Lynn Spears, who has been branded as part of the ‘evil’ conservatorship, took to
social media to say how proud she was of Britney for raising her voice and said that she supported her
sister’s choice, whatever the outcome. Jamie-Lynn also apologised for not speaking out sooner. However,
files have shown that income from Britney’s estate had been transferred into Jamie-Lynn’s account, and
she also still supports their father Jamie Spears, so perhaps this statement by Jamie-Lynn is only to keep
her reputation intact.
Another child-star to speak out concerning Britney was Christina Aguilera. The two grew up together on
the Mickey Mouse Club and launched their careers through the 1990’s and 2000’s. Xtina has come to
Britney’s side, stating ‘It is unacceptable that any woman, or human, wanting to be in control of their own
destiny might not be allowed to live life as they wish. To be silenced, ignored, bullied or denied support
by those ‘close’ to you is the most depleting, devastating and demeaning thing imaginable. The harmful
mental and emotional damage this can take on a human spirit is nothing to be taken lightly”. Growing up
in a similar environment, Christina understands the pressures of fame and fortune at such a young age,
and the severity of the legal battle echoes so many female child-star celebrities of their generation.
Britney’s ex-husband Kevin Federline, who shares two children with Spears, shared his views on the
conservatorship, stating that he wants “Britney to be healthy and happy”. The conservatorship began one
year after their divorce in 2008, however, Federline has stated that he saw controlling behaviour over
Spears from the beginning of their relationship, with Kevin filing for a restraining order against Jamie
Spears after a physical altercation with their then 13-year-old son.
With more celebrities who are close to Britney getting involved, it holds some hope that they can use their
power as a force for good. The general public can join the ‘Free Britney’ movement through social media
with the hashtag #freebritney, by watching the new documentary “Framing Britney Spears”, or/and
keeping up to date with protests and events on FreeBritney.net.
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