#FreeBritney: More Than “This Hollywood Girl”

As a loyal Britney Spears fan, I’ve followed the podcast Britney’s Gram for a while. Hosted by Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, the podcast started as a fun and casual place where they discussed Britney’s Instagram feed, which invites followers to a refreshing, first-hand glimpse into the our beloved superstar’s life.

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In a lot of ways, Britney’s feed proves that aside from her mass celebrity, she’s just like any of us. The first episode of Britney’s Gram discusses a 2017 video she shared where she is peacefully painting on her balcony. I don’t know about you, but I do this often… totally relatable!

But really, the video is mesmerizing.

Other frequent posts in Britney’s feed include workout videos, photos with her kids, snapshots from her travels, playful moments with her boyfriend Sam Asghari, and runway walks of some of her favorite outfits.

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Jumping for joy!! Spring is coming ??

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She also is clearly a big fan of Instagram filters — who isn’t?

But Britney’s feed had basically gone dark since January. On January 5th, she shared a post explaining “her decision to cancel her second Las Vegas residency, Domination. The post says that she is taking time off to be there for her ill father, Jamie. 

Fans like me assumed this is also why Britney was hardly active on social media. Earlier this month, it was reported that Britney checked herself into a mental health facility to help cope with Jamie’s poor health. 

According to Britney’s Gram, however, this is far from the truth. The podcast received an anonymous tip from a credible source saying that Britney has been in the mental facility since January. This would also explain why we haven’t even seen paparazzi photos of her either.

The source goes on to say that Britney did not check herself in as the media reported — she has been there against her will.

I encourage you to listen to the podcast for the full details.

It touches on Britney’s conservatorship, which has put her father and a team of lawyers in control of her finances and many of her decisions since 2008. Apparently, this has all come to a head recently and supposedly resulted in Britney being forced into the mental institution. 

It’s now clear that Britney has no control of her life, and it breaks my heart. If this is all true, we’ve all been seriously duped. It makes me wonder what other warning signs or cries for help we’ve missed from Britney throughout the years.

Like her 2000s single, “Lucky,” for example… was this foreshadowing? I feel as though the song predicts the downfalls and challenges to come with Britney’s unquantifiable fame.

Early morning, she wakes up
Knock, knock, knock on the door
It’s time for make-up, perfect smile
It’s you they’re all waiting for
They go
Isn’t she lovely, this Hollywood girl?

And they say
She’s so lucky, she’s a star 
But she cry, cry, cries in her lonely heart, thinking
If there’s nothing missing in my life
Then why do these tears come at night?

Also, don’t even get me started on the symbolism in “Toxic”:

Baby, can’t you see 
I’m calling
A guy like you should wear a warning
It’s dangerous
I’m falling

There’s no escape
I can’t wait

Or “Overprotected”:

What am I to do with my life?
(You will find it out don’t worry)
How am I supposed to know what’s right?
(You just got to do it your way)
I can’t help the way I feel
But my life has been so overprotected

I’ll tell them what I like, what I want, what I don’t
But every time I do I stand corrected
Things that I’ve been told
I can’t believe what I hear about the world, I realize
I’m overprotected

All I know is, Britney has an army of fans behind her and we will continue to put public pressure out there until the truth comes to light. We love you, Britney.

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