Perez Hilton Regrets the Way He Reported on Britney Spears | 22 Words

Following the release of the groundbreaking documentary, Framing Britney Spears, Perez Hilton has addressed his past behavior when reporting on the star.

Keep scrolling to hear what he had to say...

Now, this justice has been a long time coming for Britney Spears.

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The star's mental health began to dramatically deteriorate in the years following her rapid ascent to fame, with the endless attention and pressure from the public and the press alike taking a massive toll.

And in 2007, things reached a boiling point.

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The "Oops I Did It Again" 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...

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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.

Her stay didn't last, however, as she checked out just twenty-four hours later.

Britney's breakdown was publicized all over the world...

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And the shocking images of the star, then aged twenty-five, emerging from the salon with a freshly-shaven head and attacking a paparazzi's car with an umbrella became one of the most famous snaps of that decade.

A few months following this, she was hospitalized and, in 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.

It was a very long road to recovery for the pop star...

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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.

She has gone on to win a number of awards...

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.

However, one sinister consequence of her breakdown still remains to this day.

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And that's the questionable role her dad has in her life.

Jamie Spears controls every aspect of his daughter's life.

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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.

Fans believe that, to this day, Britney's dad dictates her every move...

And many are finding the whole set up to be incredibly problematic, not to mention detrimental to her already fragile mental health.

Concern about the star's wellbeing has been steadily growing in the last year...

And many fans have been left worried by her recent Instagram activity, which includes a number of bizarre and cryptic videos.

Things have been strange, to say the least...

So, the hashtag and movement #FreeBritney was catapulted back into the spotlight.

Over the last couple of months, people have been using the hashtag to show their support and solidarity with Britney...

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And some have even been taking to the streets of Hollywood to march in protest of her situation.

But not only has the #FreeBritney movement brought to light the issue surrounding her father...

It has also catapulted the problematic treatment aimed towards the star by fellow public figures back into the spotlight.

For example...

Following the release of Hulu's Framing Britney Spears, many were horrified to see just how badly her ex, Justin Timberlake, had treated her.

The documentary features several pivotal moments following their highly-publicized breakup...

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Including his blatant attack against Britney in the music video for "Cry Me A River", in which a very obvious Britney look-alike acted alongside lyrics about infidelity, thus fueling the narrative building in the media at the time that she'd been unfaithful.

​He also publicly outed the singer in an interview following their break-up.

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Timberlake bragged about having sex with Britney multiple times, despite the fact Britney herself had remained fiercely private on the topic.

Of course, following the release of the documentary, fans were nothing short of outraged...

And Timberlake was forced to issue an official apology.

And the latest person to come under fire for his past behavior to the star?

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Well, it's Perez Hilton.

The celebrity blogger, now forty-two, has expressed his guilt and regret over the way he reported on the singer during her breakdown.

Hilton, real name Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr., has been criticized several times in the past for his questionable antics when it comes to Britney.

For example...

In 2008, following the tragic death of Heath Ledger, Perez released a shirt design on his website that featured an image of Ledger in Brokeback Mountain, along with the words:

"Why couldn't it have been Britney?"

His coverage following her breakdown was nothing short of scathing, too.

Hilton famously dubbed Britney as an "unfit mother" after she attacked paparazzi with an umbrella.

Of course, the new documentary has thrown Hilton's actions back into the spotlight...

And people, some of whom were previously unaware of his role in the scandal, have called for him to take accountability for his actions.

Well, he has listened.

Hilton appeared on the British breakfast show, Good Morning Britain, yesterday to express his regret over his coverage of Britney's breakdown.

"I regret a lot - or most of - what I said about Britney."

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He then dragged in GMB host Piers Morgan, adding:

"As I'm sure Piers would if he were here, the things he said in the past."

Hilton acknowledged that he has grown a lot since 2007...

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And noted that he has got "wiser."

"Somebody that was talked about in this documentary - briefly - was Dianne Sawyer, a respected journalist, a good woman, but many people are painting her out to be a villain."

"I think a lot of fans and folks just want to blame this person and that person, but it's not as simple as that."

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A little contradictory, Perez... What do you make of his apology?