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Britney Spears’ Dad Finally Weighs In On #FreeBritney And Her Conservatorship

“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything."

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.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 20: Britney Spears (L) and Sam Asghari (R) attend the 2019 Daytime Beauty Awards at The Taglyan Complex on September 20, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic )

#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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The Moving Tribute From Naya Rivera’s Ex-Husband Will Break Your Heart

“Don't hold grudges…”

It’s almost been a fortnight since Naya Rivera was confirmed dead by Californian authorities. The discovery of her body brought a tragic story to a devastating end – breaking the hearts of Rivera’s family, fans and her ex-husband Ryan Dorsey in the process.

Dorsey has broken his silence on the events by sharing an intimate and lengthy statement via Instagram this weekend.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – JANUARY 10: Actors Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey arrive at the 2016 InStyle And Warner Bros. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

In it, the actor spoke about his disbelief of Rivera’s passing and shared warm memories of times he, his ex-wife and their son Josey spent together.

“This is so unfair…there’s not enough words to express the hole left in everyone’s hearts,” he wrote.

“I can’t believe this is life now. I don’t know if I’ll ever believe it. You were just here… We were just in the back swimming with Josey the day before. Life just isn’t fair. I don’t know what to say…I’m thankful for our times and our journey that brought us together and gave us the sweetest and kindest smart little boy we could ever hope for.”

Dorsey went on to joke about how Rivera hated his constant Snapchatting, but shared how thankful he is now for all those captured moments.

“I have hundreds and probably thousands of snaps and videos that Josey will have forever and know his momma loved him more than life, and how much fun we had together as he was growing up,” he wrote.

Rivera and Dorsey were married for four years and share one son – four-year-old Josey Hollis Dorsey. They divorced in 2018. According to PEOPLE, the pair had agreed on joint custody of their son just three months before Rivera’s passing.

Before wrapping up his tribute to the mother of his child, Dorsey took a moment to thank everyone who has sent love and support his family’s way.

“I’ll just say in closing, be kind to yourself, be kind to others, forgive…forget…don’t hold grudges….if you have nothing nice to say maybe try not to say anything. There’s peace in silence. Time on Earth is precious and you just never know….you never know what could happen. Hold your loved ones close and cherish the times you have with those you care about.”

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Charlize Theron Spills On Sexist Attitudes On The Set Of 'The Italian Job'

“It was just so insulting.”

Another day, another story of Hollywood displaying prejudiced attitudes towards people. Happy Sunday, folks.

This time around, we’re hearing claims from actress and action-hero extraordinaire, Charlize Theron, that she had to deal with some bullsh*t on the set of ‘The Italian Job’.  

Chatting about the former gig during a Comic-Con @ Home panel, Theron shared that the experience showed her “there was still so much misconception around women and the genre [action]”.

As Indiewire reports, the actress told audiences:

“Even though in that film the action is really based on cars, we had to physically do a lot of that stuff.”

“There was a real pressure to pull off those stunts with the actors … there was a very unfair process that went with that,” she continued.

It seems the team behind the 2003 film had their doubts about Charlize Theron’s ability to get ready in time.

“I was the only woman with a bunch of guys, and I remember vividly getting the schedule in our pre-production, and they had scheduled me for six weeks more hard training than any of the guys. It was just so insulting.”

Those guys being Mark Wahlberg and Jason Statham (when it comes to the driving scenes).

On receiving that dose of sexism with her schedule, Theron made a point of disproving the assumptions made about her ability.

“I made it a point to outdrive all of those guys,” she said.

“I vividly remember Mark Wahlberg, halfway through one of our training sessions, pulling over and throwing up because he was so nauseous from doing 360s.”

Charlize Theron to the patriarchy. Credit: Paramount Films.

That determination to show just how lethal women can be followed her throughout much of her early action career.

“There was such a level of wanting to prove that to audiences who for years said ‘No, a woman could never fight a guy that size,’” she said.

Now, Theron’s resume reads as a powerful indication of the power of women action stars.

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