The hashtag #FreeBritney went viral on social media. Find out here why all the fuss about it.
There were fans concerned all over the world for the great and talented pop artist. Britney’s mother has recently filed a legal request to be included in financial decisions affecting her daughter, which have been managed by Britney’s legal conservators until now.
In 2008, Britney Spears was put under conservatorship after her public breakdown. That year, her father was in control of her finances. In 2019, her manager Jodi Montgomery took control of them, which got him $1.1 million annually in fees for his service.
Even when conservatorships are typically for people with severe mental illnesses or for people that are in a coma, Britney has been put under a conservatorship for 12 years. The thing is that during that period, the artist has released four albums, done a four-year, $140 million Las Vegas performance residency, launched fashion and fragrance products, and judged The X Factor, according to Insider.
Under this conservatorship, the artist cannot rule her own life. Check out all the things she can’t do as an adult: she cannot drive a car, vote, get married, have children, spend her own money, speak publicly about the conservatorship, and more, according to pop culture watchdog Diet Prada.
Celebrities like Miley Cryus and Rose McGowan, along with the pop princess’ fans have rallied behind the #FreeBritney movement to end the conservatorship—expressing worries that Spears is making a fortune while she’s being deprived of basic human rights.
The Free Britney movement has gained lots of followers around the globe: over 104,000 people have successfully petitioned the White House to weigh in on Britney Spears’ conservatorship, and more than 185,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to grant the pop star the right of attorney.
Will Britney ever be in charge of her finances again? We'll have to wait and see what happens!