The #FreeBritney movement is set to regain some traction after being spotlighted in the latest episode of FX and The New York Times Presents series, titled Framing Britney Spears.
The documentary will unpack details of the star’s lengthy conservatorship battle, which has caused quite a stir on social media for the last few years and seen stars such as Courtney Love and former collaborator David LaChapelle coming forth to voice their concerns.
Her phenomenal rise to superstardom. A downfall that shocked the world. And now, an ensuing conservatorship battle. #NYTPresents: Framing Britney Spears. Premiering Feb. 5 on @FXNetworks and @Hulu. pic.twitter.com/BZBkec7mMt
— FX Documentaries (@FXDocs) January 21, 2021
Spears’ conservatorship began in 2008, following the star’s extremely public mental breakdown and admittance to rehab. Her father Jamie Spears was appointed guardian, thus managing the financial affairs and daily life of his daughter for the next 12 years through the Circus, Femme Fatale, Britney Jean and Glory eras. After stepping down from his duties while suffering from a bout of ill-health in 2019, fans were quick to question why he did not relinquish his financial duties, adding fuel to the fire of speculation that birthed the online #FreeBritney movement.
Though the singer has remained quiet on the details of her conservatorship, things came to a head during her court battle this summer, with thousands of Instagram and TikTok users flocking to her various social media looking for ‘clues’ that might allude to Spears’ mistreatment. Spears ultimately lost the bid to remove her father’s control over her estate after a ruling made in November, subsequently announcing through her attorney that she will never perform again while her father is in charge of her career.
Framing Britney Spears premieres February 5th on FX and Hulu.