What Is Happening With Britney Spears Right Now? Decoding the #FreeBritney Movement

Opinion 25/06/2021
The Edge Workdays Steph Monks

It’s been a huge week for the #FreeBritney movement. But what the heck is a conservatorship anyway? And how can one of the world’s most famous singers of all time need ‘freeing’ from one? Join me, on my Googling mission, to help gain a better understanding of what the movement is really about, and how important it really is.

Okay, Google. My first question… “What is a conservatorship?”

The answer (from Wikipedia of course); “Under U.S. law, conservatorship is the appointment of a guardian or a protector by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person due to old age or physical or mental limitations.” Hmmm...

Britney’s conservatorship began in her 20s, so it wasn’t due to old age. She has no obvious physical limitations, so it can’t be that. Mental limitations? We know she suffered from high stress during a custody battle that led to mental health struggles in the mid 2000s. Could that be why someone took all her rights away? Surely not.

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Time for my next question, Google… “Why was Britney Spears given a conservatorship?”

According to the New York Times, “Spears was put in place when concerns over her mental health and substance abuse were brought to the court by her father, giving Jamie Spears control over his daughter's $60 million fortune.” But, why?

If the mental health struggles and substance abuse are true, wouldn’t a father help his daughter to build her life back to a more positive place? It seems to me that Britney has been leading a drug-free healthy lifestyle for years and years now. So, why does she still have the conservatorship today, 13 years later?

Enter the #FreeBritney movement.

For years, her fans from around the world have questioned whether the conservatorship really is in her best interest. Her father has had absolute complete control over every aspect of her life. And gave himself a hell of a lot of (Britney’s) money in the process.

Alright, Google… “What does the sole conservator decide in Britney's life?”

Well. “Her conservators decide whether or not she works, as she cannot enter into contracts for herself because she is legally not her own person. Britney Spears needs permission from her conservators to leave her house or spend any of her own money." Ummmmm….. WTF.

It gets even worse. In Britney’s new testimonial, where she told the court her side of the story in the hopes of ending the conservatorship, she revealed they have disallowed her to remarry and even implanted an IUD in her to ensure she doesn’t have any more children.

This makes me really angry. And really sad. I remember watching her Carpool Karaoke when she revealed all she wanted was another baby. Her whole face lit up at the idea of it.

I can’t even begin to imagine her strength. To put herself out there like this following years of endured trauma, it’s time a judge finally bloody #FreeBritney.

To learn more, I highly recommend the doco ‘Framing Britney Spears’.

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