Free Britney

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Angela Le

For the past 13 years, singer Britney Spears has been under a conservatorship, where her father has legal control over her financial and personal affairs.

Angela Le, Staff Writer

US pop star Britney Spears has been under her fathers conservatorship since 2008 when she faced a public mental crisis that became household news on  January 4th of 2008. It all started in 2006 when Britney was under temporary conservatorship at 26. A conservatorship grants a guardian or protector to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person due to either old age, physical or mental limitations. 

It is disgraceful how her family is using this conservatorship to make money off of her. Jamie Spears has made it so under Britney’s conservatorship she wasn’t allowed to vote, can’t have a baby, can’t take out her IUD, she’s forced to work even when sick, can’t even make changes to her house, and whenever she tried to put up boundaries she was put on lithium. The restraints her father had on her were outrageous and his actions worsened her mental state with nothing she can do about it.

A voice mail between her and her lawyer had leaked saying that she desperately wanted out of the conservatorship but her father was threatening her in 2008.  In April of 2020, Britney was sent back to a mental health facility which the anonymous paralegal who gave information to the podcast said that she had been forced there between mid January up to April. It is clear that she had no choice and was obligated to go because of her father. There are multiple signs that Britney’s completely capable of a healthy lifestyle but as long as she’s under her father’s conservatorship, she has to play by the rules. 

There was a documentary made called “Framing Britney Spears” a part of the “The New York Times presents” series of documents on Hulu in February. Since all of this, there have been a lot of conspiracies that she needed help and to spread awareness, which led to #FreeBritney was created by her fans who stand by her side and agree that Jamie is being selfish and malicious. 

In September 2020, Britney publicly addressed the #FreeBritney campaign during landmark court filing with Jamie, which denied the request that her conservatorship hearings be hidden from the public. Now, Britney has received an overwhelming amount of support over the years. Fellow celebrities Drew Berrymore, Ryan Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Ariana Grande, and many more. As well as getting an entire support system, her loyal fans. 

However, I do believe that at the time Britney was in a traumatic state, Jamie did step in as a father and get her the help she needed to pull herself back up. Unawarely, since Jamie had planned to monopolize Britney’s entire life and put her on unnecessary medication, Britney has lost herself and has been even more consumed. 

To this day, Britney is still working towards her freedom and restraints from her monstrous father. Her father has taken everything from her and it’s time for justice. With her fans as her guardian angels anything is possible.