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'Framing Britney Spears': Documentary Drops Friday Focusing On 'Free Britney' Movement And Her Conservatorship

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'Framing Britney Spears': Documentary Drops Friday Focusing On 'Free Britney' Movement And Her Conservatorship

Framing Britney Spears drops Friday (5th February), and it's said to offer a fascinating and dark insight into the contentious issue of the pop singer's conservatorship.

As part of The New York Times Presents docuseries - hosted on US television channel FX and FX On Hulu - the Samantha Stark-directed documentary will delve into Britney's troubled music career, address the public concern over the singer's welfare and the #FreeBritney movement as a whole.

You can check out the trailer below:

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The doc will also feature interviews with the people closest to the Baby One More Time hitmaker, and lawyers involved in her conservatorship.

It comes as Britney has been under her father's conservatorship since 2008, following hospitalisation for her declining mental health.

While the court ruled - when Britney was just 26 - that the conservatorship was supposed to be temporary, Britney is still under her father's control 13 years later. She's now 39, and has been asking repeatedly for her freedom.

In August 2020, the singer said she no longer wanted her father to be in control of her conservatorship, later asking that he be removed as the co-conservator of her estate in November 2020. She even went as far to say that she would no longer be performing while he was in control of her career.

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Britney has been under a conservatorship for over a decade (Credit: FX/ Instagram: Britney Spears)
Britney has been under a conservatorship for over a decade (Credit: FX/ Instagram: Britney Spears)

However, in spite of this, Britney lost a legal attempt to remove her father's control over her estate.

Noting that Britney is branded a "high-functioning conservatee" in her legal documents, the documentary seeks to investigate why she still needs to be under the care of a guardian.

It shows how Britney's father has gained financially from the arrangement - he now has a net worth of well over $60 million (£44 million).

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Plus, the doc speaks to a lawyer who was once on James' legal team, who strongly suggests that there is a conspiracy against the singer.

Britney's finances are currently under her dad's control thanks to the conservatorship (Credit: Shutterstock)
Britney's finances are currently under her dad's control thanks to the conservatorship (Credit: Shutterstock)

Defending his right to his daughter's conservatorship, Britney's dad, James, said as it was upheld: "I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her or my family."

He later told CNN he was "protecting" his daughter from "those with self-serving interests and those who seek to harm her".

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In a trailer for the doc, an interviewee can be heard reflecting about the way the world became fascinated with the singer's "unravelling" mental health.

"The way we treated her was disgusting" one said, with another adding: "Why is her dad making all her decisions? Why is she still in this?"

"Whenever there's that much money to be made, you have to question the decisions of everyone," another interviewee explained.

There is a huge movement of fans who believe Britney is being controlled (Credit: FX)
There is a huge movement of fans who believe Britney is being controlled (Credit: FX)
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The fight for Britney's conservatorship has all been happening against the backdrop of the #FreeBritney movement - where some fans think the pop-star is being controlled against her will.

The campaign was launched almost a decade ago by fans who are wholeheartedly convinced that the singer herself also wants to be free from the legal binding, utilising social media to bring awareness to the discrepancies surrounding her right to autonomy.

Britney's conservatorship is still ongoing, and we currently don't know how much of this movement is to be believed.

One thing is for sure, this documentary is sure to be a fascinating and sobering watch.

Featured Image Credit: FX

Topics: Celebrity News, TV News, Britney Spears

Joanna Freedman
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