For the longest time, it appeared as if Britney Spears’ darkish days had been lastly behind her. After struggling a much-publicized breakdown in 2007 and 2008, the Princess of Pop got here out on prime, taking residence one award after one other and touchdown a four-year Las Vegas residency that grossed almost $138 million.
In February 2019, Spears was set to return to the Las Vegas Strip for Piece of Me’s follow-up, Domination. Nonetheless, she introduced a month earlier than the scheduled kickoff date that she can be taking an indefinite work hiatus to take care of her ailing father, Jamie Spears, who underwent a life-threatening surgical procedure after his colon spontaneously ruptured the earlier fall.
Britney subsequently went darkish on social media, solely posting in mid-January 2019 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of her debut album, …Child One Extra Time. She didn’t return till April 2019, when she posted on Instagram that she was taking “a bit ‘me time.’” Inside minutes, information broke that Britney had quietly checked into a California mental health facility in late March for a 30-day keep. A supply informed Us Weekly completely that the Grammy winner determined to hunt assist after the stress of her dad’s hospitalization and the complicated course of of fixing the medicines she had been taking for an undisclosed psychological sickness.
The information rocked the Britney Military, which started speculating in regards to the pop star’s well-being and selecting up the #FreeBritney motion launched by the cohosts of a podcast devoted to Britney’s Instagram. Her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, was fast to shut down unfounded rumors surrounding the “Poisonous” singer, writing through Instagram, “I’ve been right here lengthy earlier than anybody else, and I’ll be right here lengthy after. I really like my sister with all the pieces I’ve. So, anybody or something that speaks on the contrary can GTFOH with all of the feedback about what you don’t perceive. Don’t come for me or those I really like anymore.” Britney herself spoke out later that day, assuring followers in a video message that “all is nicely.”
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The Crossroads actress has been unable to make main private or monetary choices in her life with out the approval of her father since a court-approved conservatorship was put in place in February 2008 after her meltdown and divorce from Kevin Federline, with whom she shares sons Preston and Jayden. In consequence, co-conservators Jamie and legal professional Andrew Wallett had lengthy been credited with saving Britney’s life. Wallett abruptly resigned in March 2019, leaving Jamie as the only real conservator till he temporarily stepped down that September following an alleged altercation with Preston. (Jamie was later cleared of wrongdoing.) Licensed fiduciary Jodi Montgomery has since assumed Jamie’s place, although he nonetheless has partial management of Britney’s property.
Britney spoke out against her conservatorship for the first time in June 2021. “The primary motive why I’m right here is as a result of I need to finish the conservatorship with out being evaluated,” she mentioned throughout a courtroom listening to, including: “I simply need my life again. It’s been 13 years, and it’s sufficient.”
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With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez