Since April 2019,
’ fans have been flooding social media with the hashtag #FreeBritney in hopes of uncovering the truth about the Princess of Pop’s conservatorship. Britney Spears
Spears was placed under the legal guardianship in February 2008 after she suffered a public breakdown amid her divorce from
, with whom she shares sons Kevin Federline Preston and Jayden. Her father, Jamie Spears, has been the main conservator of Britney’s person and her estate, but attorney Andrew Wallet and licensed fiduciary Jodi Montgomery have also had roles in the case.
resigned as co-conservator in March 2019, two months after the “Toxic” singer announced that she was going on an indefinite work hiatus. Britney subsequently spent a month in a mental health facility. That September, Jamie temporarily relinquished his powers to Montgomery, citing “personal health reasons.” Wallet took legal steps to return to his role in August 2020.
Montgomery’s stint is set to end in February 2021, but Britney stated in court documents in August 2020 that she is “
strongly opposed to having [Jamie] return.” She asked that Montgomery continue as the conservator of her person and that a “qualified corporate fiduciary” replace her dad’s control of her estate.
“With Jodi in the mix, Britney’s been more driven and hopeful and
continues to take steps in the right direction,” a source exclusively told Us Weekly at the time, adding that the Grammy winner is “ready to take back control after 12 years.”
In September 2020, Britney publicly addressed the #FreeBritney campaign for the first time in a
landmark court filing slamming Jamie’s request to close her conservatorship hearings to the public.
“Britney herself is vehemently opposed to this effort by her father to keep her legal struggle hidden away in the closet as a family secret,” her attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, said in court documents obtained by
Ingham also blasted Jamie for saying in an August 2020 interview with
Page Six that #FreeBritney is “a joke” made up by “all these conspiracy theorists.” In the same interview, the former building contractor denied stealing money from his daughter’s estate, saying, “I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year.”
Scroll down to see celebrities who have called for Britney to have more freedom.
“I just love her so much. I feel like if you are an adult, you should be able to live your life and not be controlled,” the socialite said of her longtime friend on SiriusXM’s
Andy Cohen Live in September 2020. “I think maybe that stems from me being controlled so much, so I can understand how that would feel, and I can’t imagine right now if that was still happening to me. After just working your whole life and working so hard, she’s this icon, and I just feel like she has no control of her life whatsoever, and I just don’t think that’s fair.”
“Britney, like anyone else, should have the freedom to live the life that’s most authentic to her,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer said of her “SMS (Bangerz)” collaborator during an iHeartRadio Canada interview in August 2020.
“She Worked Hard,Was The Golden Goose,Made Lots Of [Money],Got Sick,Now She’s The CASH COW,” the legendary entertainer tweeted in August 2020. “Does anyone Who’s Making [Money] Off Her Being Sick,Want Her Well!? Someone Who Doesn’t Want Anything From Her Should Look Into Her Dr. … Everyone in Vegas heard Stories.”
“Obviously she’s got some problems. I don’t know what she’s going through. I don’t know exactly what her diagnoses are, but online these videos are definitely out of character for her. This is kind of a new thing,” the former ’NSync member said on his podcast, “The Daily Popcast,” in August 2020. “She feels very happy and wants to do these videos. I don’t see any danger in it. I think they’re kind of fun and positive. I would be more worried if she disappeared from social media.”
Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi
“#freebritney Love you Queen @britneyspears,” the
Jersey Shore star captioned an Instagram photo of herself in an Oops!… I Did It Again tank top in July 2020.
Courtesy of Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi/Instagram
“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!” the
Orange Is the New Black alum wrote of her Crossroads costar via Instagram in July 2020. “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.”
“I just love her so much.. want her to be happy/healthy. Need more information but I just want her to be well!” the R&B singer tweeted of her “Slumber Party” collaborator in August 2019. Eleven months later, she wrote in a since-deleted tweet, “#FreeBritney.”
“Fame will really drive you insane. Not only will fame drive you insane, but it’s like, once you have money, everybody just wants to take it from you,” the “WAP” rapper told
Entertainment Tonight in May 2019. “When you’re a celebrity, everyone wants to sue you, everyone wants a piece of the money that you work for. It’s very frustrating. Then you have, like, the whole world looking at you. No privacy, it’s crazy. I can’t imagine if you do it for such a long time like her.”
“The one thing about Britney that’s always broken my heart about her is that she was working from a very, very young [age]. She was on Broadway at, like, 10 or something ridiculous, and she’s worked her entire life” the
Osbournes alum said while cohosting The Talk in April 2019. “Nobody works for her for free. They work for her because they get a percentage of what she earns. So when there’s a lot of money involved, nothing would surprise me. … It’s time for her to have a life, and maybe her dad can find a job.”
“I’ve always been a Britney fan,” the
Talk cohost said during the same episode while wearing a #FreeBritney shirt. “I want her to be getting the help she’s getting, but not under duress. Hopefully this is putting the right eyeballs on it if, God forbid, anything wrong is happening. … We’re praying for her.”
Courtesy of CBS/The Talk
“Prayers for peace of mind,” the “Work It” rapper tweeted in July 2020 in response to a fan who posted a clip from Spears’ 2008 MTV documentary,
Britney: For the Record.
While paying tribute to the late
Brittany Murphy via Instagram in July 2020, the Charmed alum added, “There’s another Britney on my mind today, too, one that is alive, one that can be saved from the leaches that are controlling and trafficking her. Free all the Britneys and all those who get hurt by the trauma of Hollywood values and toxic ‘rules.’ #FreeBritney.”