Britney Spears is widely known for her musical achievements, but recently she has been in the spotlight for a completely different reason. Everything that is known about the #FreeBritney movement is collected in this article.
Britney is a popular culture icon who has no equals. More than 100 million of her records have been sold all over the world, and even after disappointing downfalls, she’s been continuing her work for three decades.
Recently, her fans have become concerned about the singer's behavior on social media. They believe that the singer leaves encoded messages in her posts, thus asking for help on social networks. These events sparked the revival of the #FreeBritney movement, the supporters of which are demanding the lifting of restrictions imposed on Britney Spears' life by her father's tutelage. As the story continues to gain traction, we have compiled everything that is known about this case so far.
What is the #FreeBritney movement?
The #FreeBritney movement came to life in 2009 after a court approved Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, as her conservator indefinitely. This type of custody is called legal conservatorship and is approved when the court decides that a person cannot make independent decisions. According to the court ruling, Britney cannot make personal and financial decisions without her conservators' consent. She cannot drive a car, vote, get married, give birth, spend money, contact people, and give interviews without permission.
Last year, Jamie Spears stepped down as his daughter’s conservator due to health problems, and Britney's manager Jodi Montgomery was awarded the same powers. Despite these 12 years of limited legal capacity, Britney released 4 albums, gave concerts, launched a line of perfumes, and was a judge on the X Factor show.
Why does Britney need a conservator?
The court made such a decision after a series of scandals in 2008 related to Britney's mental health and drug use. It was then that the singer shaved her head, and her disorder became a gold mine for the media – photographers constantly pursued her. It is believed that these breakdowns were due to the divorce with her then-husband Kevin Federline and the loss of custody of their children.
Thus, Britney has been under the tutelage for 12 years. During the quarantine, the singer began to actively share short videos on TikTok and Instagram, and they were so strange that followers began to leave comments under Britney's posts, asking if she was doing well. One of the followers left a comment, and this how it turned out:
The #FreeBritney movement aims to free the singer from custody in order to restore Spears’ financial and personal independence. Today, fans are actively promoting the hashtag and campaigning to sign a petition that has real legal force and is addressed directly to the White House. The petition has already been signed by more than 100,000 people, and this is in just 1 month. What's next? #FreeBritney supporters are awaiting a custody review hearing on August 22. Therefore, for now, we can only wait and watch what will happen.