"But mama, I'm in love with a criminal, And this type of love isn't rational, it's physical Mama please don't cry, I will be alright, All reason aside, I just can't deny I love the guy."
Remember how this song was making buzz back in 2011, and people of all ages were addicted to it. Whether radio or television, not even a single day passed by without getting to hear it! But not many people know that the pop star behind this addictive song has had no control of her life for the past 13 years?!
Britney Spears' life has been entirely controlled by her father and a cast of attorneys for the past 13 years, following a public mental health crisis that the paparazzi joyfully chronicled.
Since her public breakdown in 2008, she has been restricted to a court-approved conservatorship — known as a legal guardianship in other states — that gives her father power over her finances and many personal choices. Fans who feel the agreement is designed to exploit her rather than aid her have created a hashtag and rallying cry: #FreeBritney.
Wondering why this news has been getting viral on the internet now? Well, there's a reason for that.
Spears worked tirelessly for ten years despite not having complete control over her life, releasing albums every two to three years and obtaining lucrative assignments such as her tenure as a judge on the TV show "The X Factor." Between 2013 and 2017, she performed 248 concerts in Las Vegas for her "Piece of Me" residency, with each performance earning over $500,000. There were no more public meltdowns or outrageous conduct.
Britney Spears delivered a candid description of her life under conservatorship in a Los Angeles courtroom on Wednesday, June 23. "I've told the world I'm well and happy," she added. "I've been traumatized. I'm not content, and I can't sleep. "I'm mad with rage." "I've been in denial," she continued. I've been taken aback. I've been traumatized. I'd like to exit the conservatorship without being assessed.
This conservatorship is, in my opinion, abusive." She claimed that she was not permitted to have her IUD removed, that she was put on powerful medicines, including lithium, and that she had been deprived of a complete life. Her admissions triggered an outpouring of sympathy, with many expressing their outrage and great grief that Britney had been suffering in public for so long.
Spears' conservatorship was renewed four times in 2020. Spears is now seeking to get her father freed from conservatorship.
On June 23, in a much-anticipated hearing in a Los Angeles courthouse, the celebrity requested the judge to dissolve the "abusive" conservatorship so she could marry and have more children. Spears slammed the agreement, claiming that it compelled her to utilize birth control to avoid becoming pregnant.
In response to her plea, the judge suggested her lawyer might file a formal petition to end the conservatorship. Following Spears' testimony, her father's counsel expressed regret that "his daughter is suffering and in so much agony."
Spears addressed the court for the second time on July 14, indicating that she was willing to "file charges" against her father.
During the hearing, the judge determined that Spears may choose a lawyer of her own to handle the complicated legal struggle, replacing the court-appointed lawyer who had been representing her since 2008.Here's what else happened:
Spears has appointed former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, who attended the court on Wednesday.
An emotional Spears stated that she intends to file legal charges against her father, Jamie, for his participation in the conservatorship.
At one point during the hearing, Spears stated that she believed people in the conservatorship were "trying to murder me." "If this isn't abuse, I'm not sure what is," the singer continued. Spears derisively referred to her conservatorship as "f—king torture."
Spears' new lawyer asked her father Jamie to resign as her conservator willingly, claiming it was "in the best interests" of his client.
Samuel D. Ingham has been Spears' court-appointed lawyer from the beginning of her conservatorship in 2008. On July 6, he filed his resignation petition after Spears attacked him and asked the court to hire her lawyer. Ingham indicated in the application that his retirement would be effective upon the appointment of new court-appointed counsel for Spears.
Listed below are some of the reactions of celebrities over the demeaning conservatorship of Britney:
Aguilera detailed her amazement at the hearing and reading about Spears' "awful" conservatorship and her "plea for freedom" in a Twitter thread earlier this week, emphasizing her desire for Spears to have "all of the freedom imaginable to live her happiest life."
Following the documentary Framing Britney Spears debut, Timberlake turned to social media, this time Twitter, to express his support for Spears, after apologizing on Instagram in February for his treatment of Britney Spears and Janet Jackson.
"Regardless of our past, both good and bad, and regardless of how long ago it was... what is happening to her is simply not right," he wrote. "No woman should ever be denied the right to make decisions about her own body. No one should EVER be kept against their will... or be required to seek permission to access what they've fought so hard for."
In an interview with Sky News, Hilton claimed that he had matured since his days of criticizing Spears, which, according to his memoir, were just a year ago. "I recognize that I did not articulate myself as clearly as I might have. "I didn't start with empathy and compassion," he said. "I sincerely apologize and bear only great humiliation and regret."
We all believe that Britney, as a star she is, deserves a lot more than being abused in the name of conservatorship which was announced when her state of mind was not sound. Let's hope and pray Britney gets the best verdict in her next hearing and gets freed from this abusive conservatorship that has been going on for the past 13 years.