The New York Times and Hulu launched Framing Britney Spears, the documentary that tells the life of the singer Britney Spears and what he suffered in the last 12 years since his father –Jamie Spears– obtained his legal guardianship. The man, who -according to the artist’s statements- was not part of her day to day life, has the power to manage her economy – a fortune of 60 million dollars – and even controls her posts on her social networks.
The shipment premiered on February 5, lasts an hour and a quarter and was broadcast on FX in the United States and on Hulu in streaming. And since then, thousands of fans of the pop artist demonstrated – even with banners – under the campaign #FreeBritney (Free Britney), which was also joined by international celebrities and celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Miley Cyrus.
It all started in 2007, when Britney lost custody of her two children –Sean Federline, Jayden Federline-, fruits of its relationship with Kevin Federline, with whom she was married from 2004 to 2007, when she divorced in the middle of a strong scandal. In 2008, the singer was considered a minor person and arranged her father as her legal guardian for “Mental health issues” first temporarily and then permanently. The conservatorship, known in many states as a tutela, is due to the fact that the singer was going through a period of emotional instability.
In November of last year, the lawyer for the interpreter of “Baby One More Time”, Samuel D. Ingham III, appeared in Los Angeles court where he claimed that his client had “fear” of his own father and maintained that he was not going to return to the stage as long as he continues to control his estate.
“I love my daughter and I miss her very much. When a family member needs special care and protection, families must step up, as I have done for the past 12 years or more, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally. “, said the singer’s father through a statement in which he responded to his daughter and his lawyers.
In Framing Britney Spears They left their testimony different people who question whether Jamie Spears should continue with Britney’s tutoring. Fans, journalists, paparazzi, directors of music networks, among others, highlight Felicia Culotta -friend and ex-assistant of the singer- as a mother figure. “I don’t understand what a custody is for, especially for someone as capable of as much as I know she is capable of”the woman said.
Hayley Hill, who was her stylist between 1997 and 2001, said: “She was open and vulnerable, she was treated in a disgusting way.” Nancy Carson – children’s talent agent – defined her as “sweet, funny and wonderful”: “I loved her very much and I still love her.”
Kim Kaiman, marketing director for Jive Records who worked with the singer in her early days, said: “I was impressed by how focused and serious she was.” Kevin Tancharoen, dancer and tour director between 1999 and 2004 remarked: “I was the boss. Very creative, she knew what she wanted and how to convey it”.
The documentary – carried out under the investigation of Liz Day, journalist from The New York Times– It also has the testimonies of the lawyer Vivian Lee Thoreen, who had the singer’s father as a client. And to the lawyer Adam Streisand, specialized in custody, who wanted to defend Britney but the court denied it and assigned him another legal representative.
The material ensures that Jamie Spears has full control over his daughter: “She can decide who can visit her, put bodyguards on her 24 hours a day, sign contracts and agreements, make decisions about her house and her credit cards”.
At this time, and from the launch of the documentary, fans and other celebrities gave their support to the pop singer using #FreeBritney as a flag for Britney Spears to finally stop being under the tutelage of her father.
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