If you’re a Britney stan or have just been in access of a WIFI connection in the past few months (years, really) you’ll likely be aware that there is a bit of a movement happening in the name of the pop star.
#FreeBritney began appearing all over the Internet earlier this year, with fans calling to end the 12-year-long conservatorship that grants Britney’s father, Jamie Spears, complete control over her financial and personal affairs. In essence, he stands as her legal guardian. This was put into place after Britney faced significant mental health struggles in 2007.
The push to “free” Britney came to boiling point when the singer checked into a health facility in early April 2020 and postponed a number of upcoming events. Fans were convinced Britney was being held against her will and slammed her family as a result.
Fast-forward to August 2020, and Jamie Spears is now responding to the attention he and his family is receiving. In an interview with Page Six, Spears said:
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t (sic) have a clue.
“It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
The pop star’s father also responded to allegations that he has been pocketing some of Britney’s earnings.
He told Page Six:
“I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year,” he said. “How the hell would I steal something?”
Spears went on, speaking about the intensity of some of the fans behind #FreeBritney:
“People are being stalked and targeted with death threats. It’s horrible. We don’t want those kinds of fans.”
“I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”
The range of opinions on this matter is varied. At present, there is a change.org petition seeking to #FreeBritney of her conservatorship that holds over 100,000 signatures. Celebrities have spoken out in support of the movement and even Britney’s mother has hinted at an allegiance to the Free Britney campaign, ET reports.
Other insiders say it’s a necessary arrangement and Britney is well cared for. One thing is for sure, this is by no means simple and we certainly don’t have the whole picture.
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