Britney Spears has been a mega-star for over 20 years but has remained under the control of her Dad under a conservatorship for over a decade. Here’s the background to why fans want to #FreeBritney.
Britney changed pop music…
Growing up in the 90’s provided one of the greatest time periods of music. The 90s saw the evolution of hip-hop (with greats such as The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac), the debut of grunge (Nirvana), ska (No Doubt), and a ton of brilliant pop music as well.
In 1998 pop music changed forever when Britney Spears released her iconic hit …Baby One More Time. The song immediately shot Spears- who had been a former member of the Mickey Mouse Club- to stardom. While many of the 90’s stars were one-hit-wonders, Spears truly stood the test of time, producing hit after hit after hit.
Being in the limelight form a very young age- and achieving instant stardom with her first single – Spears became the focus of fans and the tabloids immediately. We watched her go through relationships with Justin Timberlake, a marriage to Kevin Federline, a very public meltdown, before making a well-renowned comeback.
Britney’s conservatorship and what her Dad’s got to do with it…
It’s also been known for quite some time that Spears is in a lifelong conservatorship (a legal guardianship) due to her alleged mental health issues. The conservatorship for Spears is managed by her father, Jamie Spears, and a lawyer. One would think if Britney Spears’s father was the co-manager of her conservatorship she would have a great relationship with him, but that is not the case.
Recently, Spears has been posting videos and pictures to her Instagram that have fans concerned about her well being. In fact, an entire movement to “Free Britney” has actually sprung up. An Instagram post from Dirty 2000’s (which gave credit to @trash.bandicooot for the text) recapped what’s going on with the Free Britney movement. Here’s what they wrote:
“PSA on Britney Spears and the #FreeBritney movement for anyone that needs or wants more information on what is going on with her. It’s a f**king rabbit hole, so buckle up.
Brit’s backstory and her REAL singing voice….
A little backstory first. Britney was a child star starting at the age of 4 years old on Broadway, and then worked her way to the Mickey Mouse Club, and eventually the solo career we know today. Her career has been on autopilot her entire life. If you look back at her music, she’s been telling everyone for years she’s too controlled and treated as a product if you listen to the lyrics of most of her hits.
Examples include: Lucky, Overprotected, My Prerogative, Circus, Piece of Me, and Gimme More. Her music videos, social media posts, tour props and photoshoots regularly show her in a cage or in chains.
If anyone has seen videos of her when she was younger, you’d know her REAL singing voice is very similar to Christina Aguliera’s. Her record label didn’t like it, as they were both on the Mickey Mouse Club and about to release their debut albums at the same time.
So they had her voice retrained to sing in the baby voice we all know today because they believed it to be more iconic and would create a brand and career for her instead of her real voice. It’s unhealthy, and it’s been destroying her voice over the years, thus why she is known for lip-syncing. She wanted to make an acoustic type pop album in 2006 titled Original Doll and reinvent herself using her real voice. She isn’t allowed to sing live because she will either fail terribly, or she’ll have to sing in her deep voice that she isn’t known for. Her entire career she’s been treated like a product meant to sell.
Chased by the paparazzi…
Now for the real tea. Everyone remembers the 2007 meltdown. Everyone. Leading up [to] the meltdown Britney was going thru a very public divorce, had two children under the age of 2 at the time and was VERY much the focus of the public. We all saw her on every magazine cover. We all also saw the photo of her with one of her kids on her lap while driving. Go on YouTube once and look up ‘Britney Spears paparazzi.’ You’ll watch her be chased and followed by hundreds of them, even trying to get into a public restroom to photograph her, videotaping her in tears asking them to leave her alone, and even filming her thru the windows of an ambulance while she was naked being taken away for her final mental health hold.
After the public meltdown, shaving her head, looking herself in her home with her children, speaking in a British accent on [a] regular basis, wearing the infamous pink wig everywhere, and shopping naked, she was hospitalized twice. After the hospitalization, her father petitioned the courts to be a TEMPORARY conservator to her until she was mentally stable and for only one years time. 2 months after her hospitalization she did a guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother. 6 months after her hospitalization, she drops the Womanizer video and starts to promote her new album Circus with its worldwide tour that grossed $131.8 million. If she’s so unwell, why did she start working right away?
Her Dad says Britney has dementia…
Her father after one year petitioned the courts for the conservatorship to become permanent due to her ALLEGEDLY having EARLY ONSET DEMENTIA in her TWENTIES. It passed and has been that way ever since. For 12 years to be exact.
Now for everyone that doesn’t understand what that means let me break it down for you.
Here’s what the conservatorship means…
Britney Spears is now a 38 year old woman who is not allowed to do the following without her fathers permission or he can legally lock her up in a mental health facility:
- Drive a car
- Get married
- Have children
- Spend HER OWN MONEY
- See how her money is being spent
- See her children (she has 30% custody of both of her boys due to her dad assaulting one of her sons)
- Leave her home
- Hire her own lawyer
- Have any control over her career
- Speak about the conservatorship publicly
- Do interviews that aren’t scripted and all final cuts are approved by her father as well
- Use a cell phone without being monitored
- Use social media unmonitored
- Contact ANYONE without being monitored or having them extremely vetted (Iggy Azalea allegedly had her house searched for drugs top to bottom when they collaborated on a song together)
- Go shopping
- Go for a walk
- Get Starbucks
A conservatorship is meant for people with mental health issues or decaying health. Most likely grandparents or people with actual dementia etc. They are meant for people who literally cannot take care of themselves. If she is so unwell that she isn’t mentally capable of doing anything for herself, why is she still working?
Here’s what she’s done since the conservatorship…
Since the conservatorship began 12 years ago Britney Spears has:
- Released 4 albums
- Done 3 worldwide tours
- Did a FOUR year Vegas residency
- Was a full-time judge on X-Factor
- Released multiple perfumes and a lingerie line
- Made $138 MILLION DOLLARS or so A YEAR
Britney says her Dad is holding her against her will…
In January of last year, Britney was placed in a mental health facility for 3 months after being seen driving her care to In-N-Out with her boyfriend without permission and for refusing to take sedating medications her father has doctors prescribing her to keep her under control.
She testified to a judge in documents that she was held there against her will by her father. After it was leaked to the press that she was there against her will, the Free Britney movement picked up speed causing a judge to open an investigation into the impact and legality her conservatorship has on her life.
Does Brit’s Mom support the #FreeBritney movement?
Britney’s mother Lynn was also liking and commenting on Free Britney posts saying she agrees that Britney is trapped by her father. Britney’s team had Twitter disable the Free Britney hashtag, and regularly threatens any celebrity that speaks out using the hashtag with a lawsuit if they don’t remove their support for the movement.
She was seen shortly after leaving a hotel thru the front door (99% of celebrities park underground to avoid paparazzi unless they WANT to be photographed) stumbling while carrying her shoes, and out of it. Her team used that moment to justify to the public that she needs this conservatorship. She is not allowed to have any say in the hiring or firing of anyone on her team.
Every year she pays $1.1 million dollars in fees for the conservatorship to continue, including paying her father a solid $100k+ salary and paying a lawyer she isn’t allowed to choose. She is allowed an allowance of around $1500 a week for bills, shopping, and essentials. Her net worth is $250 million.
Britney deserves more than this…
So, when everyone sees her on Instagram walking up and down her hallways like it’s a fashion show. That’s all she is allowed to do. She has NEVER had control over her life. I don’t care if you personally like her or her music, NO ONE DESERVES THIS. All this woman wants is to see her children, make the music she wants to make, and go get a Frappuccino in her car. She is a light of sunshine in this world, and we must protect her at all costs. So please, do not make fun of her, support the Free Britney movement, and send good vibes her way. She has a court date this month to review the conservatorship and decided if it is abusive or will continue to be in place.
There are so many details to this that I left out that would make this post entirely much longer than it is, but a simple search will show you what else is out there. Spread this far and wide. Free Britney.”
Fans have started a petition…
With this Instagram post, there is certainly a lot to digest. Along with the theories presented above, fans have started a petition to allow Spears to have her own attorney to help get her out of her conservatorship. To date, the petition has over 157,000 signatures.
It is billed in the following manner:
“Since 2008 Britney Spears has been held in a conservatorship, this gives her conservator full control over her life, body and finances/estate. Conservatorships are typically used for SEVERELY mentally ill individuals or people in comas. Having been on 3 world tours with dangerous flying and fire stunts, it’s safe to say she is sane enough to feed and clothe herself. With this conservatorship, she is unable to properly fight for her freedom as she isn’t legally allowed to hire her own lawyer. We need this petition so that Britney can hire her own lawyer and live a normal life as a 38-year-old woman with two kids.
Britney is deemed mentally stable enough to tour the world 3 times since 2007, but not to hire her own lawyer? We need Britney Spears to be deemed mentally stable enough to hire her own lawyer.”
Aside from just fighting for her legal rights, fans have started reading into Spears’s Instagram postings, wondering if she is trying to ask them for her without directly saying so. One such example that’s gotten a lot of attention was pointed out by Twitter user @touchofpisces. He pointed to an Instagram post Spars made where she wrote “She wore flowers in her hair and carried magic secrets in her eyes. Arundhati Roy.” As the Twitter user points out, looking up Arundhati Roy shows he wrote a book entitled The God of Small Things. Wikipedia mentions this book “explores how the small things affect people’s behavior and their lives.” A character in the book is also desperate to “escape her ill-tempered father.” With screenshots of Wikipedia and Spears’s post, the Twitter user also stated “This isn’t a coincidence anymore Britney Spears is sending messages for help #freebritney.”
Is this leaked voicemail from someone previously on her legal team?
In addition to the explanations above, a leaked voicemail about Spears being held against her will has been circulating the interwebs again in 2020 (even though it was posted last year) and gaining more steam with the growing interest in the #FreeBritney movement.
As can be heard in the YouTube clip above, a paralegal who allegedly worked with Spears (and no longer does) left a voicemail that says:
“hi there. Um, I cannot disclose who I am. I just heard the latest episode you guys are on to something. I used to be a paralegal for an attorney that worked with Britney’s conservatorship- I am no longer with them. Umm, and what is happening is disturbing to say the least.
So- um- basically- Britney was in rehearsals for ‘Domination.’ Uh, it came to Jamie’s attention, Jamie Spears, that Britney was not taking her medication as prescribed. She was missing a lot of doses and just full-on not taking them. So they got her to the doctor. The doctor said, ‘Okay if you don’t want these medications lets get you on a new one.’ She refused to take the new one. So, Jamie said ‘Either you take this medication or the show’s off, and I’m pulling my support and you can’t do it.’
Britney did not follow Jamie’s instructions and so he was true to his word- he pulled the show. He verbatim said, ‘Blame it on my illness’ and that’s where we get the early January Instagram [where Spears announced she would not be going on her Domination tour due to her father’s health problems].
Fast forward a couple of days, Britney is still not following through with her medication. As you guys have mentioned she is seen with Sam [her boyfriend at the time] driving. A big no-no. It’s a big rule that she broke.
Britney has been in the mental facility since January. Um, of course, the statement yesterday [an Instagram post made to her account on April 3rd, 2019] said she had entered last week and that’s not true. She has been in there since mid-January. Um.. there is no timeline. I haven’t worked at the company or at the firm for about a little over 2 weeks now. But there is no end particularly in sight for this stay at the facility to end.
She did not want to go. She- of course, I’m just a paralegal, I haven’t had any contact with her- but from what I understand this was not a decision she made at all.”
While anyone could leave a voicemail claiming to be someone they’re not, fans have pointed out certain things like Spears’s sister not posting about her father’s alleged health problems as evidence there is some validity to this alleged statement.
We all know Britney Spears had a very public meltdown in 2007…
Certainly, there’s no denying that Spears definitely went through a very public meltdown around the time of her Blackout album- which makes sense why a conservatorship was petitioned for then- there is good reason to question if it is absolutely necessary this many years later she still is under that conservatorship. In a worst-case scenario, if the conservatorship was to be undone, and Spears started to suffer again, one could always be requested again. And, even if Spears did need a conservatorship, why isn’t she allowed to do things like go to Starbucks without permission? Surely, there are lots of people who have mental health issues who still are allowed to go to Starbucks without asking someone for permission to do so.
Some fans have speculated that part of the reason the conservatorship has gone on so long is that her father is financially benefiting off of it, as he is paid a salary to do so. Whether that’s his true intention or not in keeping the conservatorship in place will likely never be known, as no one would ever go on the record and state that’s the case.
Britney speaks out in a letter to the Daily Mail…
While a lot of the above is akin to putting pieces of the puzzle together, many fans want to hear from Spears herself (something that will likely be very hard given all of the restrictions that are in place for her). However, a letter that was first published on The Daily Mail last May has also started to gain traction again. In the letter, which is written by Spears in the third person, she makes some very specific accusations about her team, which definitely adds fuel to the #FreeBritney fire.
Here is the text of the letter:
“After reading Kevin’s article in People I was amazed at how a lot of the focus was on Britney, their mother, to sell a story for People Magazine instead of the focus being on Kevin.
What happened to Britney was a year ago and people need to get with the times. And as for Kevin saying Britney divorced him, she was forced to by her lawyers because she went to visit him in N.Y. and he wouldn’t see her and the children and her lawyers said if she doesn’t divorce him he’s going to do it himself.
So Kevin trying to play the innocent victim is hardly irrelevant. He left her and the babies. Her going on the mend partying two years ago has nothing to do w/ the situation now. She is a completely different person and most of their fighting was done back then because of his problem waking and baking to marijuana at 5:00 in the morning. No one talks about these things because no one knows the truth.
Her behavior when her children got taken away because of her locking herself in the bathroom is understandable considering her friend at the door kept telling her the cops are leaving don’t worry stay in the bathroom. She was lied to and set up. Her children were taken away and she did spin out of control which any mother would in those circumstances.
Her next visit took a toll as well. She wasn’t listening to her manager- he lost control so he wanted to scare her. Now this year Britney has been silenced to speak out anything that’s really going on.
The people controlling her life have made 3 million dollars this year. She would love for new eyes to see her situation, but if she brings it up, she’s constantly threatened that the conservators will take her kids away.
So how long does this go on. A long as the people are getting paid + she has no rights. It could go on for a while, but it doesn’t make it right at all.
Everyone is very quick to put a gloomy eye on Britney. Does anyone talk about Janet Jackson giving her baby to her brother. Hopefully, she won’t do it with this child. Britney has given her brother a 2 million dollars apt. Her mother a 4 m estate in Louisiana and her father the best job in show business. She is a very giving person and would love to get the respect she deserves.”
#FreeBritney is gaining momentum…
Clearly, there are some very serious accusations made in that letter. While it got media attention, it definitely makes sense why it is resurfacing now with the #FreeBritney movement gaining so much traction.
While we have reached out to Spears’s sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, and her Mother, Lynn Spears, we have not received any comment back at the time of this publication. Something tells us we likely won’t, due to all of the legal hubbub surrounding Spears and this movement.
Where there is smoke, there is undeniably fire. And, regardless of if all of the evidence fans are presenting is true, there is definitely something going on with Britney Spears, her father, and the conservatorship. We hope what ultimately results from the #FreeBritney movement is the best case for Spears both personally and health-wise. For now, like the rest of the world, we will be keeping a close eye on the developments surrounding this.