Without a doubt, Britney Spears’ life has been one of the most controversial topics in pop music history. The “Princess of Pop” hit the scene earlier than most, at the young age of 11, starring in The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and soon after that ventured into the world of music with her album, …Baby One More Time, which saw monumental success.
From a child actor to a troubled but successful music phenomenon, Britney’s life has been anything but easy, and to this day it remains a hot topic among fans who believe she is being controlled by the people closest to her. Regardless of what the truth is, we definitely know that the star has required the help of rehabilitation professionals to stand on her own two legs again.
She is going back and forth with therapy
Back in 2019, Britney was spotted exiting the rehab facility to celebrate Easter with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. Her look concerned fans, as she appeared somewhat distressed and unkempt. The whole incident was reminiscent of when she was admitted to a treatment centre for the first time, following her infamous 2008 breakdown, when she shaved her head and got wheeled in and out of there multiple times.
Allegedly, Britney had finished her course at the Promises Malibu Alcohol and Drug Treatment Facility, as per her manager, Larry Rudolph, but she was seen entering again a couple of times after her completion, indicating that she wasn’t done with rehab.
Nowadays, these kinds of facilities who deal with serious mental health and substance abuse problems are quite common. Many have popped up around the world as mental health awareness has seeped into the mainstream. Places like the New Life Treatment Centre aim to improve the quality of life of their patients by teaching them how to manage their demons with the help of professionals, in a calming and relaxed setting. Other such examples are the Gateway Recovery Centre and many more.
He conservatorship is incredibly restrictive
Needless to say, her time in and out of treatment was very difficult for the pop idol’s career and acted as the catalyst that sparked the beginning of her much-criticized conservatorship by her father, Jamie Spears.
Following the incidents that arose from the star’s mental health breakdown, a court decided that it would be in Britney’s best interests to enter a conservatorship that would be managed by her father. Over a decade later, Jamie Spears still has complete control over his daughter’s estate and finances, and he ends up having the final say in many decisions that concern her.
Lately, Britney has been trying to contest the legal agreement more openly although most of her statements still come out through her legal team and not her own mouth. Supporters of the pop queen have been rallying to her cause for a while now, with the movement #FreeBritney gaining significant traction over the years.
Will it ever end?
Many fans are concerned over the long-term nature of the conservatorship, arguing that the singer can never fully recover as long as she is under control of others, and that the long duration of the legal bindings have become sketchy at best. Thankfully, the star has reasons to be happy as of late, since her legal team managed to have their request for a split conservatorship between her father and Bessemer Trust granted. Ultimately, Britney aims to remove her father’s name completely from the agreement, but that will have to wait a bit more.
In June, the singer is set to address the courtroom again, and the battle for the restoration of her freedom continues.
In the meantime, what has the “Toxic” singer been up to? On Instagram, it has been business as usual with her still posting her normally glamorous photos that showcase why she has been a fan favorite for a very long time now. Among those posts, you will find one very wholesome submission that features the star sitting at a pool with her equally bright children by her side. The post is captioned “I had my babies very young … at all the pools we went to on tours, all the babies flocked to me because I always brought the most toys … I really am a baby mamma!!!!
Her most recent post pays tribute to the life of Princess Dianna, calling her a “sheer genius” and “one of the most remarkable women to date” she has ever seen. More interesting is the fact that she said that the Princess of Wales was “completely oblivious to her own power”. Some fans have speculated that this comment somehow ties into her own situation, but only Britney will ever truly know if that’s the case.