Today, there has been a huge development in Britney Spears’ fight to get her independence back…
Twelve years on from her highly publicized break-down, the infamous pop star is seemingly attempting to take her life back.
Every aspect of Britney’s life has been controlled by her father, Jamie Spears.
And has continued to control everything she does, everything she buys, and everyone she sees ever since.
Reports have been coming in this week that suggest Britney is taking back the control over her life… As she rightly should.
But it turns out that Britney may be set to receive a lot of external help.
Here’s what we know so far…
Since starring in The All-New Mickey Mouse Club, aged eleven, she embarked on a highly successful career as a singer and performer with the release of the hit single “…Baby One More Time“.
With hits such as “Oops, I did it again,” “Slave 4 U,” and “Britney,” the Mississippi born singer consistently topped the charts.
Britney seemed to be at the peak of her career – churning out hit after hit.
Bad press began during Britney’s breakup from husband and childhood sweetheart, Justin Timberlake, which was a very public and ugly split.
Britney’s mental health began to dramatically deteriorate, and the endless attention and pressure from the public and the press alike started to take its toll.
The singer suffered a highly-public breakdown in the full glare of the world’s spotlight.
She had spent years battling mental health problems and, after her split from husband Kevin Federline, the father of her 2 sons, she headed to rehab in Antigua.
Birtney checked herself out after only twenty-four hours and flew back to L.A.
Britney had walked into Esther’s Hair Salon in Tarzana, an upmarket neighborhood of LA, and asked the owner to shave her head because her hair extensions were too tight.
And, when the hairdresser refused, the singer grabbed the clippers and went on to shave off her long locks herself.
The image of Britney, then aged twenty-five, emerging from the salon with a freshly-shaven head and attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella became one of the most famous snaps of that decade.
In January 2008, she was seen being carried out of her house after reportedly overdosing on prescription amphetamines and locking herself in the bathroom with her youngest son, Jayden, as she refused to hand him back to Federline, who had full custody of the children.
But she was gradually able to rebuild her relationship with her sons after regaining some of her custody rights and get healthy, before eventually starting to focus on her music comeback.
And, despite a few health issues along the way, Britney has become an icon in her own right.
And has since continued making huge strides forward, winning back custody of her children, making more successful music, landing a lucrative residency in Las Vegas, and having a number of healthy relationships.
She is even in a happy, long-term relationship with her actor boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
And that’s the questionable role her dad has in her life.
A Los Angeles court named Jamie as the permanent conservator of his daughter’s affairs in 2008, and he was named as the permanent co-conservator of her estate, along with an attorney, Andrew Wallet.
And many are finding the whole set up to be incredibly problematic, not to mention detrimental to her already fragile mental health.
And many fans have been left worried by her recent Instagram activity, which includes a number of bizarre and cryptic videos.
So the hashtag and movement, #FreeBritney was catapulted back into the spotlight.
And some even took to the streets of Hollywood to march in protest of her oppressive situation.
“You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way.”
Britney has seemingly made the first step in reclaiming the control over her own life.
The singer’s lawyer filed paperwork explaining that she is “strongly opposed” to her father having control of her estate and finances, and instead wishes for her temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, to take on the role permanently, TMZ reported.
“We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes.”
As Ingham told the court that he believes Jamie will “aggressively” contest the changes requested by his client.
But Britney is now set to receive a lot of help.
It emerged last week that the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit organization founded “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States,” caught wind of her case and has extended a helping hand.
Taking to Twitter, they wrote:
“People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their civil rights. If Britney Spears wants to regain her civil liberties and get out of her conservatorship, we are here to help her.”
This is a developing story, and we will be posting updates accordingly.