For nearly half of Britney Spears's decades-long career as a world-renowned pop star, the 'Womanizer' singer didn't hold full control of her life.
Britney had been under a conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears, since the singer's infamous breakdown 12 years ago, which resulted in hospitalization and rehab. Though the stigma surrounding Spears's mental health battles has followed the singer since 2007, her career never faltered. Marking an official comeback with her 2008 album, Circus, Britney continued to release albums, tour, star in a years-long Las Vegas residency, and launch business ventures including her lucrative perfume and namesake lingerie lines.
Despite multiple comebacks, however, Britney's longtime fans vocalized their dissatisfaction in seeing the pop star continue to be under a conservatorship at 38 years old. Wholeheartedly convinced that the singer herself also wants to be free from the legal binding, fans launched the #FreeBritney movement, utilizing social media to bring awareness to the discrepancies surrounding the conservatorship.
On August 12th 2021, Jamie Spears agreed to step down as Conservator of Britney's estate, and filed for termination on November 1st.
On November 12th 2021, a US court declared Britney Spears free of her conservatorship.