Britney Spears fans demand that she be granted control of her business and personal affairs during a court hearing.
The career of the Pop Princess has been in the hands of legal guardians known as Trusteeship since she faced a mental health crisis 12 years ago.
The terms of the arrangement were never made public, but it restricts the singer’s autonomy.
#FreeBritney supporters say they will protest in Los Angeles court.
According to the Blast, Spears, 38, is scheduled to appear remotely at Wednesday’s hearing, which will focus on his finances, personal life and mental health.
What is guardianship?
Britney Spears has not reviewed her financial decisions or many career decisions since 2008 under this court-passed deal.
Guardianship is granted by a court to people who are unable to make their own decisions, such as those with dementia or other mental illnesses.
Essentially, over the past twelve years, her father and lawyer have managed her property and her personal life – including being able to restrict her visitors and communicate with doctors about her treatment.
His finances must be documented with the court. Business Insider reports that in 2018, the pop superstar had a net worth of $ 59million (£ 46million) and spent $ 1.1million on legal and curatorial fees that year.
In March 2019, her attorney, Andrew Wallet, resigned his role as co-curator, stating: “Substantial harm, irreparable harm and immediate danger will result to the Curator and her estate if the relief sought herein is not not granted ex parte basis. ”
His father, Jamie Spears, stepped down as curator last September, citing “personal health reasons.”
A judge has appointed Spears’ “caregiver” Jodi Montgomery to replace him.
Spears’ father, according to court documents, views his dismissal as his conservative as temporary – although this follows allegations he grabbed and rocked his teenage grandson.
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As it stands, Ms Montgomery will remain Spears Curator until August 22, when the trusteeship will be extended again.
Why was it put in place?
Spears began to behave erratically in 2007 after her divorce from Kevin Federline was finalized and she lost custody of their two children.
Many of her alleged mental breakdowns have been in the public eye – she made headlines for shaving her head and was pictured hitting a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella – and got herself repeatedly visited detoxification centers.
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She was placed in psychiatric care after refusing to put her sons back into a stalemate with the police, and guardianship was put in place in early 2008.
In the years under guardianship, Spears did not miss work: she released three albums, held a residency in Las Vegas, and made numerous television appearances.
What is the #FreeBritney campaign?
Some Spears fans believe she was forced into the arrangement and claim she pleaded for help on social media.
The term #FreeBritney dates back to 2009, according to a New York Times report from a fan site who disagreed with the trusteeship agreement.
When Spears went to a mental health center last year after reporting emotional distress from her father’s illness, the campaign rose again.
#FreeBritney activists are now calling on the White House to end its trusteeship – a petition submitted this month has more than 125,000 signatures. Fans gathered at the hearings with #FreeBritney signs and the slogan was once again trending on social media.
What did Britney Spears say about all of this?
The singer herself has not commented on the #FreeBritney campaign, but recently told fans she is doing well.
Spears asked fans not to believe “everything you read and hear” after his 2019 stay at a mental health facility. In an Instagram video last May, she said, “For those of you who don’t think I’m posting my own videos… you’d be wrong. ”
Spears’ lawyer also told the Los Angeles Times that she was part of the decision-making process regarding her career.
In April, she revealed on Instagram that she accidentally burned down her home gym, which concerned some fans. She also recently appeared to respond to followers asking her to post a specific photo if she needs help – like wearing a yellow shirt or posting a painting with doves.
But sources close to the pop star dismissed conspiracy theories, saying Spears’ tutelage was to help him deal with his long-term mental health issues.
This month, Spears wrote on Instagram: “I understand how some people may not like my posts or even understand them, but it is I who am happy… .. it is I who am genuine and as real as possible ”.
Why is this happening now?
The July 22 Spears court hearing on trusteeship put the deal and the #FreeBritney movement back in the spotlight.
Earlier this month, Spears’ mother Lynne Spears also reportedly applied to the court to be included in guardianship.
According to court documents seen by The Blast, the singer’s mother wants to help her manage her finances, and more specifically the trust established for the singer’s sons.
An anonymous source told Entertainment Tonight that Spears “really believes her mom wants to help her have more autonomy over her money.”