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#FreeBritney Trends Ahead of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Hearing

Fans unite ahead of Britney Spears’ important court date.

A hearing discussing Britney’s conservatorship takes place on Wednesday, January 22nd. It could be a sink or swim day for the singer. The meeting will reportedly decide whether the conservatorship shall remain in place for the time being, or if it’s time to take steps towards dissolving the legal restraints.

The hype surrounding the court date resurrected the#FreeBritney hashtag – it began trending on Twitter over the weekend. Around the same time it started trending, Britney posted a photo of a flower on Instagram with the caption, “God bless you all !!!!”

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The evaluation.

People connected to the conservatorship, including her guardians, conservators, doctors and law enforcement officials – people who take part in planning her personal life, financial affairs and medical treatment, were interviewed. They’ll have to prove to the investigator they acted with proper intentions. It’s worth mentioning TMZ previously reported that at one point Britney’s situation amid the ********** era was so dire, she nearly died. Mind you, that was with the conservatorship in place.

The investigator had their work cut out for them. They reviewed Britney’s medical and financial records, as well as her custody agreements and even contractual obligations (**********). One of the questions the investigator will need answering… if Britney was in such a fragile state, why was she embarking on another Vegas residency? And if she wasn’t on the decline, why the mental health facility stay?

Britney also participated in an overall mental health evaluation and those findings will get presented as well.


Custody.

Earlier this year, Jamie Spears stepped down as the personal conservator over Britney, temporarily handing the responsibilities over to a woman named Jodi Montgomery. The move came after Kevin Federline filed a restraining order against Mr. Spears following a physical altercation with Britney’s eldest son, Sean. It bars him from seeing both of Britney and Kevins’ sons for at least three years. That threw a wrench into how he can properly care for Britney as the personal conservator. Because Mr. Spears proved to a judge he may act unstable in the presence of her kids, Britney’s visitation time with them was reduced. That reportedly caused more destruction to her and her father’s strained relationship.

“Jamie isn’t opposed to being removed as conservator of Britney as the person, but will fight any attempt to remove him as conservator of her estate,” a source told Us Weekly. The estate manages Britney’s finances.

Britney wants more time with her two sons, Sean and Jayden, and is preparing to go to court to make sure that happens.

Us Weekly reported Britney wants the judge to agree to 50-50 custodial time split between her and Kevin Federline. “Britney’s goal in the new year is to go to family court and petition the judge for increased custody time with the boys,” the insider said.

“The relationship between Jamie and Britney has completely fallen apart,” the source tells Us. “Britney remains very angry at Jamie because his actions with her kids resulted in losing custody time with the kids.”

As for her relationship with K-Fed, the source says they’re pretty distant apart from “everyday coparenting stuff. They’re cordial but don’t do very much as a family.”


The princess of pop opens up.

Last year, Britney shared a few photos from her Piece Of Me days, and with it included a self-reflective caption. 

It’s rare that Britney lets fans in on her personal journey, but more and more she’s sharing her honest truth.

“I hope y’all haven’t forgotten about me!!! I’m taking this transition in my life to focus on what I really want,” she wrote. “I’ve been working nonstop, well, since I was 8 years old in the business. Sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect !!!! Miss you all … I really do have the best fans in the world !!!”


Reports claimed Britney was “OK” with the conservatorship.

According to court docs filed by Britney’s lawyers, obtained by The Blast, the singer is cool with being in personal and financial conservatorships and has no objection to the newly configured situation. 

Britney’s court-appointed attorney, Samuel Ingham, says the reason Britney did not attend past court hearings was because “she does not object to the proposed temporary conservator or prefer another temporary conservator.”

In earlier court docs, Mr. Spears said Britney was “able but unwilling” to attend that hearing.

The site writes, “Britney Spears has made it clear through her legal team she is totally fine with being under a conservatorship.” They add: “Britney’s court-appointed attorney told the court he spoke with his client and the star has no issue with the current legal situation she is in, and has no objections to the conservatorship.”

Interestingly, the public has yet to hear from Britney herself if she is OK with this situation. Instead, the people who make hundreds of thousands of dollars from the conservatorship are the ones making the assurance.

You may recall Britney reportedly tried hiring a lawyer named Jon Eardley in 2008 to help her fight the conservatorship, but was denied after the legal restraints were put in place. Mr. Spears filed a restraining order against Eardley that year, claiming he caused “substantial emotional distress” to Britney. Eardley wanted her to testify in court to back up his claims that she did indeed try to enlist his services to contest the conservatorship, but it never happened. In that same year, leaked voicemails that are believed to be left by Britney back up Eardley’s claims. The woman can be heard saying she feared her kids would be taken away and mentions Eardley by name. Britney’s team labelled the voicemails as fraudulent.

Cut to 2020, Britney is still entangled in the conservatorship, typically meant for someone incapacitated, yet proved she can endure multiple tours, residencies, album promotions and interviews.

The cancellation of **********, Britney’s disappearance from paparazzi and social media and the#FreeBritney campaign sparked by the BritneysGram podcast – which claimed Britney was being held against her will at a mental health facility – created a ripple effect in Britney’s life. The judge overseeing her conservatorship case wanted answers. 

She requested an overall mental health evaluation on the singer and an internal investigation on everyone intimately connected to the conservatorship. That included Britney’s doctor, who suddenly died in August just weeks before a court hearing to discuss his review.

The claims that Britney is perfectly fine with the conservatorship contradict earlier reports from Britney’s court hearing in May. She appeared with mom Lynne and her lawyers in direct opposition of Mr. Spears. According to TMZ, Britney told the judge she was held against her will at a mental health facility, was given medication she did not want to take and asked to dissolve the conservatorship. Mr. Spears countered his daughter’s request by filing to extend the conservatorship into 12 additional states outside of California. That includes Hawaii, where Britney frequently vacations. 


Injunction Against#FreeBritney Blogger

Britney’s conservatorship team recently won an injunction against Anthony Elia, the administrator behind the Absolute Britney blog, barring him from having any involvement in the#FreeBritney campaign.

Britney’s father, who acts as the singer’s conservator of her financials, pursued legal action against Elia after Elia claimed Spears’ team was deleting positive comments on her Instagram to promote a storyline that she’s unwell and “using her social media in a way to negatively portray her and do her harm.”

In a post on social media, Elia stated her team allegedly removed positive comments “to keep up the illusion that she needs help.”

“They were all so quick to remove all comments before but now all the sudden they are leaving all negative ones but removing positive ones!” he claimed at the time. “How much longer is this going to be?!? This has to be human rights violation!!!!#FreeBritney.”

The conservatorship asked the court for unspecified damages because Elia’s claims, according to them, created serious damage to the “business, occupation, reputation as conservator, and standing in the community.”

“It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears’ well-being and the mob#FreeBritney movement to stop,” the court document stated. “Elia has made it his mission to spread numerous false and malicious lies on the Internet about Britney, her conservatorship, and her team, including that those around Britney are harming her and not acting in her best interests. It is clear that, without any actual information about Britney and what is or is not in her well-being, [he] has made it his agenda to ensure that Britney is no longer in a conservatorship.”


“A while ?? How bout a decade !!!!!”

2019 was a wild ride for Britney. After she abruptly cancelled **********, the pop star was admitted into a mental health facility and remained sight unseen for months on-end. When she was finally spotted, it was due to immense pressure from people demanding to know if the rumors that she was being held there against her will and being force-fed medication were true. To save face, Britney was conveniently photographed by paparazzi, but it cast an eerie shadow on her state of affairs. 

Things changed after that. Her relationship with manager Larry Rudolph became fractured, her parents are at odds regarding how to handle their daughter, and Britney was nowhere to be seen on the Spears’ family vacation soon after.

The Glory singer shared an old photo of a woman chilling on the beach with the words, “I’ve put myself in timeout until I can play nice with others. This may take a while.”

But it was Britney’s caption on that photo that caused a ruckus.

“A while ?? How bout a decade !!!!!”

Britney’s conservatorship has remained in full-effect for just over a decade – fans are under the impression she’s making a direct reference to it and taking a blatant jab.


A hybrid business model.

Spears’s relationship with Rudolph appears to be non-existent at this moment. Rudolph said he hadn’t spoken to Britney in months, and raised eyebrows when he referred to the conservatorship as a business tool.

“The last thing any California state judge wants is to do something incorrectly and inappropriately and be the subject of a story about a judge that has done something wrong by Britney Spears,” he said. “The conservatorship is not a jail. It helps Britney make business decisions and manage her life in ways she can’t do on her own right now.”

Rudolph’s comments about the conservatorship being used as a business tool came at an interesting time. Britneys Gram shared court documents filed by Britney’s former co-conservator, Andrew Wallet, in November 2018 – prior to ********** being cancelled. In them, he justifies to the courts why he deserved a raise in salary. 

[Britney’s] business activities have greatly accelerated due to her increased well being and her capacity to be more engaged in further her career activities. The next several years promise to be very lucrative for the conservatorship estate.”

He also tells the judge the “conservatorship should be viewed more as a hybrid business model.”

It is very unusual for a conservatorship to be used as an ongoing business tool, however Britney’s life is also very non-typical.

Wallet’s statements were made around the time Britney’s medications reportedly became imbalanced. During this period, she was also supposedly distraught by her father’s illness – as Rudolph calls it, it was the “perfect storm” for disaster.

Wallet abruptly left the conservatorship without a clear explanation just months after a judge approved his request for a raise.


A reminder.

Britney appeared in court last May after the#FreeBritney movement gained so much momentum that it prompted a judge to put a meeting on the books. During that hearing, the people in attendance were asked to clear the room so Britney could enter and speak with the judge regarding her situation.

The pop star reportedly told the judge overseeing her conservatorship case she was held against her will at a mental health facility and given medication she didn’t want to take. She also reportedly asked to dissolve the legal restraints, but was denied. 

Britney’s team requested a judge seal the information that will be presented as well as the transcript from the upcoming hearing because it could cause her harm and put her kids “at risk,” The Blast reported. It’s unclear how Britney’s sons could be affected, but her custody arrangement is also under investigation. 

Following the May hearing, Harvey Levin from TMZ claimed to have intimate knowledge of Britney’s situation. He said on the air that Britney had never been formally diagnosed as bipolar. The clip was removed the same day.

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16 replies on “#FreeBritney Trends Ahead of Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Hearing”

This a dangerous mess. I wouldn’t want ro get dragged in all of this. Remember that guy that died in a mysterious way regarding Britney (I believe he had something to do with Rebellion). I’m not saying her dad is some kind of maffia but weird things have been happening for way too long now and I am sure there are people involved with only bad intentions to gain as much money as possible.

Her doctor died a week before the court-appointed date where they should give an evaluation on her. It was said that her doctor thinks she was fine and mentally good.

You’re on to the scent of the FACTS. When I brought the Copyright Infringement to the attention of the Performing Rights Organization in Canada called SOCAN, they referred to me as “The Whistleblower” in the emails from Diane Petrucci, investigator into the allegations. Three weeks later on Dec. 3rd 2017, my home of 17 years burned to the ground with my recording studio and all. Fortunately my son and I and our cat made it out alive. Please review the info on my timeline….and give your option. If you or anyone has questions, feel free to send them to me.

what a wild ride 😭 rooting for her. i’ve been designing and sending out FreeBritney stickers to fans on instagram for free to spread love and support before the big day. DM me if you want me to send you any, no charge! 😛 @carlosanthonii i’m sooooo excited for a new chapter for britney on wednesday. hopes high. 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

I really hate how ever since everything bad happened, her mind (regardless!) has been painted in a poor light without any specifics. And a lot of what specifically happened has been left out – ‘she did drugs for a while now she’s crazy and unstable forever.’ What?
My deepest fear is that- she is a small town girl who was always a bit naive – and she has been tied into this is for making a few mistakes and there is no possible way for her to ever get out and she has already come to terms with it.

And if she IS unable to make all her own decisions right now, like what was said, why is ‘right now,’ forever. Wheres the recovery program, what’s the work.
Its like- she was stupid and then crazy and they took everything away and now that’s just it. Why is there zero forward motion on her health then if it’s worth taking all of her rights as a person, mother and artist?

Right, and if it has been established that this is, like a long term condition (that it’s “that” bad) – why was she then allowed to work continuously over the years. They should all be held accountable then; for letting her go on a 5 year residency + a world tour. Whether there is truth to it or not – it should be a no brainer for the judge that they shouldn’t have allowed Britney to hustle for 3 eras regardless of how severe (short term or long term) her condition was. But we all know Britney’s side (her and Lynne) will not use that argument – unless they go full retaliation which i don’t see happening.

Also, you would not believe how many regular people i’ve come accross who still think she’s crazy. I’m like, that was eons ago. 🙄

I think, because she had the impact that she did (all her iconic moments) – the way she was an impact (super sexual), I think, you know, she opened to door for a generation a women to get on stage and strut with no *****.
She wasnt taken seriously and now- I think people kinda dont care to read between the lines here. The Britney Story hasn’t added up for me since the Outragous fall. After that, its coverups.

Yeah, technically, but the general public is either unaware of the situation or dismisses it as a crazy conspiracy theory that’s too much to be true. Celebrities could face serious legal battles from Jamie too if they said anything. Additionally, Britney has done nothing but try to tame the rumors, which only gives more reason for celebrities to not risk saying anything that none of us have had the power to prove yet.

I think it still kind of makes sense (to me atleast) up until the CIRCUS era. I think i got all my answers although quite vague, i still somehow found a way to tie it all up in my head. But i think sometime after CIRCUS and the beginning of the FEMME FATALE era (2010), something definitely happened that we aren’t aware of. That’s when you could really tell that something is off and there was definitely a shift. This is making me all anxious for the hearing. 😰

I’ve been a fan of Britneys since day one. She was actually my first concert and she was so magical when she premiered Opps on her Crazy 2K tour. If you would have asked me (a ten year old then) if I thought she’d be in this state I would have looked confused. I don’t think Britney is crazy I actually think she is misunderstood. She blew up in front of us and had no idea how to manage her superstar life (who does?) but she tried. She got married and had kids to keep her grounded but even that was blown up on magazines, blogs and celeb shows. I do think there’s a reason that Britney has never had full custody of her children. If you recall the events of the night that resulted her being placed in a 5150 she was…not there. Unfortunately I do think she tried to hurt herself and her kiddos and that is probably the “sealable” part they mention in court. As someone that has managed and lived with depression most of his life, I really wish she could come out and talk about her own struggles. It would make her relatable and people would stop seeing her as a robot.

Britney is strong though and she is smart. People have used her for personal gain and manipulated her to the point of where she doesn’t trust anyone. I think she identified that when ********** was coming up (hence her awkward announcement). At the end of the day I just want whatever she wants not what fans or Britney & Company wants. If she wants to disappear with Sam and her boys on a Hawaiian island for a while, I say go! She has given us soooo much and I want her to be happy. All
of her life has been blown up and dissected by the media and i think right now she wants to manage this process privately. So lets be there for her but not overwhelm her with conspiracies. Yes,#FreeBritney but lets also#SupportBritney

i am not too optimistic about that hearing even if i really want her to get her freedom, but i just hope i am wrong. she paid the consequenses for her past behavior BIG TIME. They need to stop punishing her.

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