2007 was a rough year for Britney Spears. She went through a lot of sh**. A messy divorce, an intense custody battle, drug and alcohol abuse, mental health issues that put the superstar in an involuntary psychiatric ward, and several visits to rehab. Her infamous head-shaving incident and her assault on a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella were big news stories and often the butt of jokes by the media.
Britney’s loyal fans had some words for the media and for the people laughing with them.
Remember Chris Crocker? Chris was the epitome of Britney Spears fandom. He is best known for filming himself under a sheet and pleading for everyone to “Leave Britney Alone.” I mean, it was a bit much…but he was absolutely right. The media was relentless.
February 1, 2008
That brings us to the day Britney lost her freedom. On February 1, 2008, Britney Spears was placed under a conservatorship controlled by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet.
A conservatorship is designed to protect someone that cannot take care of themselves or their finances and is typically used for the elderly and the very ill.
As you could imagine, Britney did not take kindly to this. She compared the conservatorship to imprisonment.
Just six months after being told she is legally too unstable to control her finances, she was in the studio recording Circus, her 6th studio album. In 2009, she went back on tour. This means that her father didn’t think she was stable enough to drive a car or pay her own bills, but she was stable enough to go on an eight-month world tour.
Questions have arisen about her father’s motives behind the conservatorship. Britney accepted the terms, but she did not want Jamie Spears to have the control. She has spent the last 13 years in-and-out of court, attempting to change the details of the conservatorship. There is clearly a reason she doesn’t want her father in control.
Britney, again, attempted to have the terms lifted in 2019. Her lawyer told the court that Britney was afraid of her father. She vowed she will not perform again until her father is no longer in control. The court ruled that the terms of the conservatorship were to continue through…today. February 1, 2021. As of this moment, there is no news on this coming to an end.
Yes, Britney Spears had her share of problems. She lost it. Most of us have at one point or another. The only difference is, we don’t have the media watching our every move. I could imagine it would be incredibly difficult to recover from mental illness when the world is constantly in your business. Each time she checked into rehab, it became news. Famous or not…that doesn’t seem fair.
For a more in-depth look at what really went on for the last 13 years, watch Framing Britney Spears, a documentary by The New York Times Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 p.m. on FX and also streaming on Hulu.
Chris Crocker was way ahead of his time. He was absolutely right to say…”Leave Britney ALONE!” Personally, I find the whole thing fishy and I honestly feel for Britney. Mental illness is serious, and she has been put under an incredibly public microscope during every attempt at recovery. I hope she gets what she wants and I wish the “Princess of Pop” nothing but the best.
What do you think about this situation? Let me know in the comments! Let’s talk about it.