FreeBritney rallies have grown across the nation because the pop star spoke out in opposition to her conservatorship in court docket final month.
The contentious battle over Britney Spears’ conservatorship entered a brand new section after the singer’s scathing testimony in entrance of Los Angeles probate choose Brenda Penny in June, throughout which the pop star supplied a harrowing account of the final 13 years of her life.
Since 2008, Spears’ life has been managed by a conservatorship led by her once-estranged father, James “Jamie” Spears. The conservatorship has been credited by some with serving to proper Spears’ profession after a tumultuous 2008 ended with a 5150 involuntary psychiatric maintain; since then, Spears has put out hit albums, toured the world, and starred in a Las Vegas residency. However in her testimony, Spears claimed that her father and others enlisted to supervise her life and profession have compelled her to work ceaselessly; she even goes as far as to match her seven-days-a-week, no-days-off schedule to intercourse trafficking. Spears, who additionally has a private conservator, Jodi Montgomery, alleged that she was prescribed treatment like lithium in opposition to her will and informed she was not allowed to get married, have one other baby, or have her IUD eliminated.
Spears’ testimony appeared to verify all of the suspicions in regards to the nature of her conservatorship raised by the pop star’s supporters within the #FreeBritney motion. The motion traces its origins again to followers Tess Barker and Barbara Grey, who launched the Britney’s Gram podcast in November 2017; it quickly blossomed right into a coterie of devoted followers who typically present up in help of Spears at court docket hearings and comb by means of her social media posts for any clues as to how the pop star may actually be feeling.
And whereas their public marketing campaign has been happening for a number of years now, the motion has considerably accelerated and reached a wider public consciousness in 2021 due to a significant documentary, unsealed court docket paperwork, and Spears’ personal testimony. Spears’ pop star friends, together with Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Mariah Carey have all rallied behind her, whereas ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake was compelled to apologize for the way in which he fueled tabloid therapy of her after their breakup.
Read a full timeline and breakdown of the previous couple of tumultuous months — and what to look out for subsequent.