Why is #FreeBritney trending on social media and why are Britney Spears fans worried?
Fans are convinced Britney's father is exploiting her for money
A cursory glance at pop queen Britney Spears’ recent Instagram posts and you’ll get the sense that something is terribly off. The Toxic singer left her 25.2 million followers confused in the last week of June when she started posting images which look more like mug shots. She’s seen sporting the same three tops, and if you zoom in and look closely, you are bound to see that her pupils are shockingly small in size (which is a sign of heavy sedation). So, what’s going on with Britney Spears?
Since 2008, the singer has been under conservatorship arranged by her father, Jamie Spears, and a lawyer. A conservatorship is an arrangement meant for people who can’t take care of themselves, like senior citizens and minors. Effectively, Britney, who is 38, cannot drive a car, vote, get married, spend or see how her money is being spent, or even leave her home, or contact anyone without being monitored, without her father’s permission. Failing which, he can have her admitted to a mental health facility. Despite this, in the last 12 years, Britney has released four albums, done 3 world tours and launched multiple products.
Here’s everything that you need to know about Britney Spears’ arrangement:
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We all know the public meltdown Britney went through in 2007 when she broke up with her husband Kevin Federline and shaved her head (which led to her temporary conservatorship in 2008). However, by the end of the year, it was made permanent by her father. Many fans believe that her father has been exploiting Britney for her money. In June 2019, he mentioned in a court statement that his relationship with his daughter has always been strained. Could it be possible that he is controlling Britney as well as her social media accounts?
Looking at Britney’s strange posts over the past few days, fans are now calling for a wellness check on her mental health. They are convinced that she’s sending out secret pleas for help.
— 👑 #FREEBRITNEY #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@touchofpisces) July 8, 2020
This week, hashtags like #SaveBritney and #FreeBritney, which originated in 2009, began to gain momentum and trended on social media. Also, here’s a sketchy development you ought to know: any comment being made by a verified account with these hashtags on Britney’s posts are being deleted by her team.
Photographer Andrew Gallery, who has worked with Britney in the past, took to his TikTok account to reveal insights into a letter he claims was given to him by the singer in 2009.
— 💎 (@heidiwood_) July 11, 2020
The letter has been written in third person, and claims that Britney had been lied to and set up by her father.
According to recent reports, Britney Spears’ mother Lynne has filed legal documents to be included in decisions related to her daughter’s multi-million trust and finances. The singer has a court hearing coming up on July 22 which will review the conservatorship. Fans are hoping for a breakthrough.