Britney Spears is currently going through the courts to end her conservatorship and over the past twenty-four hours, we have seen overwhelming support for the pop star, with fans and fellow celebs taking to social media to stand with her.
And one of these celebs is her ex-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, who shared a very public relationship and break-up with Britney in the early 2000s.
It turns out that Justin stands with Britney.
The “Cry Me A River” singer claims Britney has been done wrong by her family, her conservators, and the courts — especially when it comes to controlling her own body.
Justin, who dated Britney from 1998 to 2002, came out strongly in support of freeing Britney on Wednesday, hours after her bombshell testimony for the judge in her conservatorship case.
In a series of Tweets, Timberlake urged people to support the pop star.
“After what we saw today, we should be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right.”
“No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for,” he then tweeted.
“Jess and I send our love, and our absolute support to our love, and our absolute support to Britney during this time. We hope the courts, and her family make this right and let her live however she wants to live.”
Justin was at one point a target of the #FreeBritney movement after the Framing Britney Spears documentary came out earlier this year.
The documentary highlighted a moment when sl*t-shamed Britney by publicly bragging about having sex with her when they were dating, occasionally alluding to graphic details. This was completely against the persona Britney had at the time when she said she was waiting until marriage to lose her virginity.
When they abruptly broke up in 2002, the media took sides with Justin supposedly snagging the role of victim. He quickly went on interview circuits and talked about Britney cheating on him.
He even released a music video about the break-up, again painting himself as the heartbroken guy and her as the villainous cheater.
The song “Cry Me A River” even featured a blonde look-alike, with the lyrics alluding to Justin finding out that Britney was cheating on him with a choreographer they both knew. Britney released “Everytime” the following year, which was widely considered her reply and apology.
In February of this year, Justin publicly apologized to Britney following the release of the documentary. In a lengthy Instagram post, Justin wrote that he was “deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn or did not speak up for what was right.”
“I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited a system that condones misogyny and racism,” he said.
“I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be a part of and grow from…”
Justin’s statement continued, tackling the harsh realities of growing up in the entertainment world.
“The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success. It’s designed this way. As a man in a privileged position, I have to be vocal about this. Because of my ignorance, I didn’t recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again. I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career,” he wrote.
“I know this apology is a first step and doesn’t absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports. I care deeply about the well-being of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.”
The #FreeBritney movement dates back to her conservatorship, which began back in 2008.
For nearly half of her decades-long career, Britney hasn’t had full control of her life. She has been under a conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears, since the singer’s infamous breakdown twelve years ago, which resulted in hospitalization and rehab.
Though despite the stigma surrounding mental health, her stardom never faltered, with her marking an official come-back with her 2008 album Circus. Britney continued to release albums, tour, star in a years-long Las Vegas residency, and launch business ventures.
However, her fans have long been uncomfortable with how the star continues to be under conservatorship as she grew older.
A conservatorship, according to the California Courts official website, is where a judge appoints an individual or organization to care for another adult who is deemed unfit to care for themselves or to manage their own finances. In Britney’s case, Britney is considered the “conservatee” and her father, Jamie, the “conservator.”
However, as the conservatorship stretched into the 10-year mark, her fans began to question whether it was in her best interest. They began spreading awareness on social media, with a website FreeBritney.net penning a statement on why they believe she no longer needs this conservatorship this far into her life.
Britney is currently going through the court system to challenge her conservatorship.
In a statement, the pop star described how she feels “ganged up on, bullied and alone” and has no say about what she does, where she goes, and who she spends time with.
She also does not have direct access to her estate which is valued at $60 million while paying her father $16,000 a month to be her conservator.
Stay tuned for more updates…