If you’ve been on the internet at all recently, you’ll have seen people hash-tagging #FreeBritney and posting about her conservatorship. But what does it all mean? Here’s everything you need to know about the Free Britney movement.
How did Free Britney come about?
Some of Britney’s social media posts can be well… a little bizarre. But fans have been picking apart the posts and think that she has been sending secret messages asking for help in her Instagram and TikTok videos.
A recent video showed her in her “favourite yellow shirt” spinning holding some flowers and then walking in and out of the frame. A lot saw it as just a bizarre Britney routine, however others saw it as a coded messaging pleading for help. In a video posted to TikTok a fan commented “if you need help wear yellow in your next video”. And she did. This could a coincidence and she possibly didn’t see the comment, or it could be a plea for help.
What is conservatorship?
A conservatorship is a legal guardianship where someone can be appointed to make someone’s decisions for them, if a court agrees that an individual can’t make their own decisions.
How has this affected Britney?
Britney, now 38, has been under a conservatorship since 2008, when she suffered from mental health issues. Her financial assets, estate and career have been managed by her father, Jamie Spears, and an attorney. In court last year Jamie said “me and my daughter’s relationship has always been strained”.
The current arrangement has been extended until August 22nd, and now that date is coming up fans are campaigning to free her from the conservatorship. Britney is worth at least $59 million, and fans believe that this conservatorship is being used to manipulate and control Britney.
What has Britney said most recently?
As of the 14th July, the last thing that Britney posted was a picture of herself in shorts and a floral crop top with the caption “GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!!!”. Is this a thank you to those campaigning for her freedom?
Have those close to her commented on this movement?
Her sister Jamie-Lynn, her father Jamie, and her mother Lynne have all been publicly silent on the matter.
What letter are people talking about?
You may also have seen fans mention a secret letter which has been unearthed. Britney’s former photographer Andrew Gallery, claims to have a letter she wrote about her conservatorship and ex-husband Kevin Federline back in 2008. He has created 5 TikTok videos titled ‘MY TIME WITH: @britneyspears’, and within these videos he claims that Britney gave him a letter which she wanted him to read out to her fans. He claims the original letter was destroyed by Britney’s conservators, but he managed to make a copy.
When reading out the letter he said:
“After reading Kevin’s article in People, I was amazed how a lot of the focus was on Britney, their mother, in order to sell magazines for People magazine, instead of the focus being on Kevin. What happened to Britney was a year ago and people need to get with the times. And as for Kevin saying Britney divorced him, she just was forced by her lawyers as she went to visit him in New York. He wouldn’t see her, and the children, and her lawyer said if she doesn’t divorce him, he’s going to do it himself. So Kevin trying to play the innocent victim is hardly irrelevant. He left her and the babies. Her going on the mend partying two years ago has nothing to do with the situation now. She’s a completely different person and most of their fighting was done back then because of his problem waking and baking to marijuana at 5 o’clock in the morning. No-one talks about these things because no one knows the truth. Her behaviour when her children got taken away because of her locking herself in the bathroom is understandable, considering her friend at the door kept telling her the cops are leaving stay in the bathroom, she was lied to and set up. Her children were taken away and she did spin out of control which any mother would in those circumstances. Her next visit took a toll, as well she wasn’t listening to her manager. He lost control so he wanted to scare her. Now this year Britney has been silenced to speak about anything that’s really going on. The people controlling her life have made three million dollars this year. This next part is blurred out so I’m going to show it to you guys”.
He shows the alleged letter which appears to say “if she speaks up she is threatened” scribbled out.
He continues, “so this part says is she speaks up she is threatened. Sorry, some of this is hard to read. She would love for new eyes to see her situation, but if she brings it up she is constantly threatened that the conservators will take her kids away. Okay next page. So how long does this go on? As long as the people are getting paid, and she has no rights, it could go on for a while. But it doesn’t make it right at all. Everyone is very quick to put a gloomy eye on Britney. Does anyone talk about Janet Jackson giving her baby to her brother? Hopefully she won’t do it with this. Britney has given her bother a two million dollar apartment, her mother a four million dollar estate in Louisiana, and her father the best job in show business. She is a very giving person and would love to get the respect she deserves”.
Andrew claims that the singer gave her this letter back in 2008, and that he was under a contract and “couldn’t really talk about anything” but wanted to put this out there as he is “worried about her”. No one has yet confirmed the authenticity of this letter. We have SO many questions right now.
Have any celebrities spoken out about #FreeBritney?
Paris Hilton has shared her support for the movement by uploading a video of her and her sister Nicky watching *that* infamous show at the 2003 MTV VMAs with the caption “Loving all the Britney content this week and reminiscing on the good times. #FreeBritney #Flashback #Queens #IconicAF #LegendsOnly #FBF”.
Taryn Manning, who starred with Brit in Crossroads, shared a picture of them back in the day, with a lengthy caption:
“Such a wonderful time with this crew! #retro #crossroads Britney I know you’re strong af and have your own brain and thought process. To me you look happy and like you’re having a blast! Keep up the happy posts and your faith in Jesus Christ. How about instead of #freebritney we say #GodIsWatchingOverBritney How about let’s give this wonderful woman the dignity she deserves and earned. Until you know the facts stop speculating and perpetuating the father of the lies. We all know she’s under a type of control that’s unfair and things will be fixed. Have faith. Wish her well! Send good vibes of no fear! Please!”.
Demi Lovato commented “We love you Britney” alongside some heart emojis on her Instagram account, whilst Snooki wrote “WE ARE ALL HERE FOR YOU! I’m coming to rescue you!”.
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Such a wonderful time with this crew! #retro #crossroads Britney I know you’re strong af and have your own brain and thought process. To me you look happy and like you’re having a blast! Keep up the happy posts and your faith in Jesus Christ. How about instead of #freebritney we say #GodIsWatchingOverBritney How about let’s give this wonderful woman the dignity she deserves and earned Until you know the facts stop speculating and perpetuating the father of lies. We all know she’s under a type of control that’s unfair and things will be fixed. Have faith. Wish her well! Send good vibes of no fear! Please! #alldarknesscomestolight
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