Britney Spears (39) has been longing for June 23, 2021 for thirteen years. Through Zoom, she makes a statement in court in Los Angeles about the custody of her father, Jamie, 68, who has been working since 2008. Although the recording is prohibited, details are leaked to the public and fans supporting the US pop star as the #FreeBritney movement.
The accusations in the process are thus far unique in this seriousness. She was forced to be sent to an institution and treated with lithium. Under the threat of lawsuits, he had to continue his tours over and over and only received a fraction of the fees. Many were shocked that Spears was not allowed to remarry and have children.
Since then, the news has come in almost every day. Spears, her father, and dozens of supporting characters express themselves through all possible channels, with no end in sight. Last week, Spears wrote on Instagram: “Until I’ve said all there is to say, I’ll never be able to get back to the next episode – and I’m still a long way from finishing it.”
Drama finds its own way in Louisiana
Spears’ father is the central figure in a series of men who determine and profit from their lives. A glance at his biography cannot excuse why such a drama unfolds, but it can provide clues.
When Jamie was thirteen, his little cosmos exploded: his mother committed suicide at the grave of one of her sons, who died in infancy eight years ago. Jamie Spears makes a living as a welder and cook in the small town of Kentwood, Louisiana, and marries his childhood sweetheart, Lynne (now 66). She has an unquenchable thirst and a loose hand, marriage is a massacre. Divorced in 2002, the only bright achievement of overwhelmed parents: recognizing their daughter’s talent and seeing in it a way out of their misery. At age eleven, Britney became a part of the Disney TV talent show “Mickey Mouse Club”, where she met Justin Timberlake (40) and met him in 1998. After breaking up in 2002, the singer claimed that he cheated on her. The amorous song “Cry Me A River” revives her stalled career.
Britney Spears’ own career has already reached extraordinary heights: 1999’s “Baby Again” broke all records. The video itself is a great moment in pop culture: Spears helped develop the erotically-charged schoolgirl outfit aimed at male U.S. boys and causing a stir around the world. Commercially he is the most successful musician of the 2000s.
“I’m not a girl anymore”
But what does she gain from being a superstar and a global sex object in her youth? Spears displayed a strong sense of self-determination, especially in her debut games, writes The New Yorker: “When she moved, she was smart, knowing, absorbing and overcoming anything thrown at her and her sheer charisma.”
And even though everyone knows he didn’t write his texts, he seems to be talking about himself: “My loneliness is killing me / I’m your slave / I’m no longer a girl, but neither is she a woman.”
Exactly because he is still very young but already famous and rich, hordes of profiteers try to manipulate his life, including his parents in the first place. This was demonstrated in 2004 with just 55 hours of lightning marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander (39). What looks strange from the outside shows the extent of control down to the most private areas. According to the divorce lawyer, it was Spears’ mother, Lynne, who forced her daughter to annul the marriage because she reminded him of her own marital destiny.
There was a complete derailment in 2008
The situation completely derailed when Spears’ second marriage to Kevin Federline (43) divorced in 2007 and she was given sole custody of her sons Sean Preston and Jayden (now 15 and 14). In January 2008, Spears was forcibly taken to a clinic after she and her children hid from police at their Los Angeles mansion. In February, at the request of the parents, incapacity for work follows.
As she apparently resumed her career later on, guardianship was accepted over the years and only became an issue again when Spears refused to continue performing in 2019.
After the “Framing Britney Spears” documentary aired this February, Spears’ tutelage came to the fore even more. Stars like Miley Cyrus (28) or Sarah Jessica Parker (56) take sides for them, giving Spears new energy. She posted a rare photo with her sons. He writes that he was very happy that both of them turned into gentlemen. “So I must have done something right.”
Politicians have been reacting since last week. Cross-party members of the US Congress have proposed a new law in which guardians can voluntarily apply to appoint a new person to be their future guardian.