The court agreement preventing Britney Spears from running her own affairs is now older than the star was when it was revealed to the general public at 12. And the controversy surrounding the management of the singer’s life begins to cause turmoil.
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Now 39 years old, Britney Spears lives under the strict terms of this agreement decided in 2008 by a court in California at the time of her highly publicized descent into hell. Similar to a guardianship regime, it stipulates that decisions about the star are made by her father, Jamie.
If the exact reasons for such a decision have remained under the seal of judicial confidentiality, more and more voices have been raised in recent years to question its relevance.
A feature-length documentary by the FX channel, produced in partnership with the New York Times daily, probes the media narrative around the singer’s life, first revealed in her teenage years on the Disney Channel, before hits like ” Baby One More Time ”doesn’t propel her to star status.
The film, titled “Framing Britney Spears”, focuses on the role of the paparazzi and the tabloid press in the early 2000s in the downfall of the singer whose image has long been that of a blonde princess, ingenuous, to resounding success, and whose setbacks brought a certain joy to the general public.
The #FreeBritney movement, or # LibérezBritney in French, has been mounted by fans who are convinced that the singer is being kept against her will in the trusteeship agreement.
Proponents of such a hypothesis – which many, including Jamie Spears, call a conspiracy theory – claim Britney Spears is sending cries for help through coded messages, emojis, and outfits, posted to her eccentric account. Instagram.
They feel justified in their fight after Britney Spears expressed his gratitude and a court-appointed lawyer told a judge that his client had informed him “to be afraid of his father”.
The judge decided not to immediately remove Jamie Spears from her role as the singer’s affairs manager, but appointed a financial firm as a cotutor.
The pop icon is not looking for the moment to get out of the trusteeship regime, but rather turns to professionals in the matter. Britney Spears would like the company currently designated cotutor to remain in the agreement.
The next court hearing will be on February 11.
“Framing Britney Spears” uses the star’s impressive archival image resources to document the difficult time in her life, at a time when mental health was not taken as seriously as it is today by some media .
During her long period of depression following her divorce filing in 2006 with Kevin Federline, and the loss of custody of her children in 2007, Britney Spears was seen barefoot at a gas station, among others. and driving with one of his sons on his lap.
Moya Luckett, media historian at New York University, and celebrity culture specialist, says the “cruelty” suffered by Britney Spears at the hands of the media is now lessened for other stars in a landscape media dominated by social networks.
“You become your own producer,” Luckett told AFP, taking for example singers like Taylor Swift or Beyoncé who master the discourse around their image on Instagram, or through documentaries on their life, which they have themselves produced.