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Why 'Free Britney' Is Trending And Why Fans Have Started An Online Petition

They're worried the singer is being controlled by her legal guardianship contract.

Fans of the legendary singer Britney Spears have become increasingly concerned about her legal guardianship contract, which gives her father Jamie Spears complete control of her finances and decision-making, sparking the hashtag "Free Britney" to trend on social media. The movement was initially started by a podcast called Britney's Gram and a blog by Anthony Elia, which has since been shut down by Britney's team.

Her father's legal team allegedly wrote in documentation when attempting to sue Anthony for defamation: "It's time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears' well-being and the mob #FreeBritney movement to stop... Over the past few months, Britney and her father Jamie have sat by while fans have accused them of numerous false and malicious things, including attempts to mislead the public with the content that appears on her social media."

Now, Britney's mother, Lynne, has reportedly filed new legal documents asking to receive special notice on “all matters” pertaining to Britney’s income and assets, making it clear that she, too ,wants a say in how the star's $59M fortune is used and protected. Vanity Fair reported that she also liked comments from fans suggesting the conservatorship is an infringement on Britney's rights. The next hearing about it is supposedly taking place 22 July. Britney's parents divorced in 2002.

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Britney pictured with her father, Jamie (left), brother Bryan (second from right) and her mother, Lynne (right) in 2006. CHRIS FARINA/GETTY IMAGES

A recent video that Britney, 38, uploaded to Instagram saw her tell fans that her gym had burned down after she'd left candles unattended. Her page has also been flooded with thousands of concerned comments after she posted a video of her ankle snapping while dancing during lockdown and several clips of her walking around or dancing in her mansion looking unkempt. Many have posted saying they're worried about her mental health.

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To offer up a quick summary:

The SJB Revocable Trust was set up in 2004 by Britney in order to protect her money and assets, plus protect her children's, Sean and Jayden, inheritance (Britney reportedly has about 30% of the shared custody of them, the rest of the time the boys spend with their father, Kevin Federline).

However, her name was reportedly removed as a trustee when she was placed under conservatorship in 2008, after she publicly experienced a mental health breakdown, and the court appointed "temporary successors of the trust."

The arrangement saw the singer relinquish all legal control over her estate, financial and personal assets. Instead those rights have been granted to her father and legal team.

Typically, a contract such as this is reserved for severely mentally incapacitated people, but fans are arguing that since 2008 she has been on world tours, completed a Vegas residency and released new music, therefore proving she's capable of living an independent life once more.

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However, in October 2018, Britney announced a second Vegas residency, but it was later cancelled—she said due to her father’s sudden poor health. It was later reported that Britney had also checked into a mental health facility.

Britney in October 2018, announcing her second Vegas residency. GABE GINSBERG/GETTY IMAGES
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Supporters of the #FreeBritney movement are adamant that Britney has been manipulated, is being controlled by her father and should have greater autonomy over her own life. However, other sources report that she is already heavily involved in any decision-making and that she is happy with the arrangement.

Recent documents show that in 2018, the singer spent $400,000 on living expenses, $66,000 on household supplies and $1.1 million on her legal and conservator fees. Her father made $128,000 from his involvement, according to ET. In September 2019, Britney's father was accused (and then cleared) of hitting her eldest son, Sean. The police report was filed by Kevin Federline.

A petition (which has been signed by over 184,000 people) has been created with the aim of getting Britney her own lawyer. Many are saying her being restricted by this contract is a violation of human rights.

      Many fans regularly leave comments urging Britney to wear a certain color in her next video if she needs help, or have written saying their messages of concern have been deleted from underneath her social media posts. Others praise her for being a source of positivity on social media and say they love watching her dancing videos, seeing her pictures of new outfits or flowers.

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      Britney has been in the limelight since childhood, when she (along with Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake) were part of the Mickey Mouse Club. Many of her hits talk about feeling trapped or the downsides of fame (such as "Overprotected" and "Lucky").

      For a video summary on the Free Britney phenomenon, see this post created by Saint Hoax (a popular news and pop culture account with over 2 million followers):

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      We hope that whatever the outcome of the upcoming hearing is, Britney is well and happy.


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