It has just been confirmed that, after a tedious legal battle, Britney Spears has lost her appeal to remove her father as head of her conservatorship, and it is anticipated to have a serious impact upon her future as a performer.
Here's what we know so far...
For the last decade, every aspect of Britney's life has been controlled by her father, Jamie Spears...
via: GettyAnd today, it has been granted to continue as such.
He was first appointed as his daughter's conservator in 2008 following her highly-publicized breakdown...
via: GettyAnd has had full control over everything she does, everything she buys, and everyone she sees ever since.
However, earlier this year, reports started flooding in that suggested Britney was in the motions of taking back control over her life.
via: GettyBut it has been a turbulent journey for the singer and her family.
It all started in 1998.
via: GettySince 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".
Britney quickly became one of the most famous popstars of her decade.
via: GettyWith hits such as "Oops, I did it again," "Slave 4 U," and "Britney," the Mississippi born singer consistently topped the charts.
She was affectionately hailed the princess of pop.Britney seemed to be at the peak of her career - churning out hit after hit.
But, early on, Britney's life started to take a turn for the worst.
via: GettyBad press began during Britney's breakup from husband and childhood sweetheart, Justin Timberlake, which was a very public and ugly split.
Things only got worse from there.
via: Getty ImagesBritney'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.
And in 2007, Britney finally snapped.
via: Getty ImagesThe singer suffered a highly-public breakdown in the full glare of the world's spotlight.
Her breakdown was triggered by a number of different factors...
via: GettyShe 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.
However, her stay didn't last...
via: Getty ImagesBirtney checked herself out after only twenty-four hours and flew back to L.A.
The pictures of her hacking her own hair off shocked the world.
via: Getty ImagesBritney 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.
Britney's breakdown was publicized all over the world.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
A few months following this, Britney was hospitalized.
via: GettyIn 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.
It was a long road to recovery for the pop star...
She has gone on to win a number of awards...
via: GettyAnd 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.
However, one sinister consequence of her breakdown still remains to this day.
via: GettyAnd that's the questionable role her dad has in her life.
As stated earlier, Jamie controls every aspect of his daughter's life.
via: Getty ImagesA 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.
Fans believe that, to this day, Britney's dad dictates her every move...
just a reminder tht britney spears has no control over her life, her dad has complete control over it, shes not all… https://t.co/QOhIpQiA85— Naveen Rahman [she/her] (@Naveen Rahman [she/her])1593943665.0
Concern about the star's wellbeing has been steadily growing...
Anyone else shocked by the Britney Spears stuff? Her dad having conservatatorship (complete and utter legal control… https://t.co/KCXj53gZDj— Black lives matter (@Black lives matter)1594095845.0
Things have been strange, to say the least...
Over the last couple of months, people have been using the hashtag to show their support and solidarity with Britney...
via: GettyAnd some even took to the streets of Hollywood to march in protest of her oppressive situation.