The singer has taken to Instagram to discuss how her ‘so-called support system hurt me deeply’ amid her ongoing battle to end the guardianship that ‘killed my dreams’
Since speaking out against her decade-long conservatorship for the first time last month, Britney Spears has been sharing more and more details about the ‘abusive’ arrangement. After using the fan-launched #FreeBritney hashtag on Instagram last week, the singer has now directly called out her dad and sister in a scathing new post about her conservatorship.
Alongside an image of the words, ‘Take me as I am or kiss my ass, eat shit, and step on Legos’, Britney wrote: “For those of you who choose to criticise my dancing videos… look, I’m not gonna be performing on any stages anytime soon with my dad handling what I wear, say, do, or think!!!! I’ve done that for the past 13 years.”
“I’d much rather share videos YES from my living room instead of onstage in Vegas where some people were so far gone they couldn’t even shake my hand, and I ended up getting a contact-high from weed all the time… which I didn’t mind, but it would have been nice to be able to go to the mother fucking spa,” Britney continued.
Referencing Jamie Lynn-Spears for the first time in the conservatorship battle, Britney added: “I don’t like that my sister showed up at an awards show and performed MY SONGS to remixes!!!!! My so-called support system hurt me deeply!!!! This conservatorship killed my dreams… so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in this world that is very hard to kill… yet people still try!!!!”
The musician also discussed recent documentaries about her rise to fame, struggles with mental health, and ongoing guardianship. It’s likely Britney is referencing the New York Times’ viral film, Framing Britney Spears, though Netflix is also working on its own documentary about the singer. “I didn’t like the way the documentaries bring up humiliating moments from the past,” Britney wrote on Instagram. “I’m way past all that and have been for a long time!!!!”
She concluded the statement with a message to her critics: “If you don’t want to see my precious ass dancing in my living room, or it’s not up to your standards… go read a fucking book!!!!!”
The post was preceded a day earlier by another emotional statement shared to Britney’s Instagram. In a caption shared with a photo of the words, ‘Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask’, the pop icon wrote: “There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you, who never showed up for you, post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be, and speak righteously for support.”
“How dare the people you love the most say anything at all… did they even put a hand out to lift me up at the TIME!!!??? How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE… did you put your hand out when I was drowning???? Again… NO.”
Many fans in the comments speculated that Britney was speaking about Jamie-Lynn, who posted a series of Instagram Stories last month addressing the conservatorship and her support for her sister. “I think it’s extremely clear that since the day I was born, I’ve only loved, adored, and supported my sister… This situation does not affect me either way because I am only her sister who is concerned about her happiness. Maybe I didn’t support her the way the public would like me to with a hashtag on a public platform, but I can assure you that I’ve supported my sister long before there was a hashtag, and I’ll support her long after.”
Yesterday (July 18), Jamie-Lynn posted a selfie on Instagram alongside the caption, “May the peace of the Lord be with you and your spirit.” After Britney appeared to respond with a dancing video that was captioned, “May the Lord wrap your mean ass up in joy today”, Jamie-Lynn altered her post to simply contain a peace and a heart emoji.
Britney is speaking out for the first time ever about her conservatorship, after directly addressing the court presiding over the dispute on June 23. The singer said she wanted the conservatorship to end without her being evaluated, declaring that it’s “doing me way more harm than good”.
Among the accusations of conservatorship abuse levelled against her father, Jamie Spears, is the shocking allegation that her conservators won’t let her remove an IUD, meaning she can’t have a baby. Britney also claimed she was forced to perform while sick with a fever, and asserted that “my dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship… they should be in jail”.
Despite numerous attempts to remove her father as her conservator, Britney’s most recent request was denied earlier this month – though this was an old ruling that didn’t relate to June’s testimony. However, her manager Larry Rudolph – who’s worked with Britney since the mid-90s – did resign, citing the singer’s intention to officially retire as making his role in her life redundant.
Since the #FreeBritney movement gained worldwide traction last year, a number of celebrities have come out in support of Britney, including Christina Aguilera, Courtney Love, Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, and more. Even Britney’s ex-boyfriend Justin Timerlake made a statement about the singer’s situation, writing on Twitter: “Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right. No one should EVER be held against their will… or ever have to ask permission to access everything they’ve worked so hard for.”
See Britney’s recent posts above, and find out what a conservatorship is like for everyday people here.