After checking into a mental health facility earlier this month, fans of Britney Spears have taken to the streets after fearing the singer is being held against her will.
It was previously reported that she had checked herself in to help deal with the stress she's had over her father's illness. Her father suffered a ruptured colon and allegedly "almost died."
Now, her most dedicated fans fear otherwise after allegations were made in the ‘Britney’s Gram’ podcast’s “special emergency episode.”
Fans believe that her management are holding Spears against her will in the facility while she is still under a conservatorship that has spanned over 10 years.
On the podcast, saying that they'd received "an anonymous tip from a credible source," they played a voicemail from someone claiming to have been a paralegal working with an attorney connected to the conservatorship who alleged that Britney had entered treatment against her will.
"What is happening is disturbing, to say the least. Basically, Britney was in rehearsals for Domination. It came to Jamie's attention that Britney was not taking her medication as prescribed. She was missing a lot of doses and just full-on not taking them," the unidentified voice claimed. "So they got her to the doctor and the doctor said, 'OK, if you don't want these medications, let's get you on a new one.' She refused to take the new one. Jamie said, 'Either you take this medication or the show's off, and I'm pulling my support and you can't do it.' Britney did not follow Jamie's instructions, so he was true to his word—he pulled the show, he verbatim said, 'Blame it on my illness.'"
According to the anonymous tipster, whose identity the podcast hosts claim to have verified, Britney's allegedly been in treatment for a lot longer than we'd been told. "Britney has been in the mental facility since mid-January. There is no timeline, there is no end date particularly in sight for this stay at this mental facility to end. She did not want to go," he claimed. "From what I understand, this is not a decision she made, at all."
After the podcast went live, the hashtag #FreeBritney went viral worldwide.
Britney's decision to seek treatment came after Britney left fans stunned in January with the announcement that she was taking an indefinite hiatus from work to devote all of her time to her family and efforts to care for her father in his recovery:
"I don't even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination," she wrote on Instagram. "I've been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart. However, it's important to always put your family first… and that's the decision I had to make...I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand."
One of the fans behind the podcast which caused concern, Barbara Gray told Entertainment Tonight that the movement is about ending Spears’s conservatorship, which she has tried to end on many occasions.
Spears left the facility over the weekend to get her hair done at a Los Angeles salon and to spend time with her boyfriend Sam Asghari.