#FreeBritney: Fans Think Britney Spears Is Being Held Against Her Will

Andie Manahan

April 23, 2019

There’s a conspiracy theory going around about Britney Spears’ hiatus.


Early this year, Britney went on Instagram to announce that she was taking some time off from the limelight to spend time with her family – after her dad’s near-fatal health scare late last year which required him to undergo surgery.


“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart. However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand. More information on ticket refunds is available on britneyspears.com. I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always,” she wrote at the time, alongside a childhood photo of her with her parents.


Her hiatus also meant she was putting her Britney: Domination show in Las Vegas on hold and postponing her album.


Earlier this month, Brit went on Instagram to share a post about self-love.


“Fall in Love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit.” She captioned it with “We all need to take time for a little ‘me time.’ :)”


With all the stress she’s been under with her father’s illness, Brit has reportedly entered a facility and is taking time to for some much-needed self-care.


But last Tuesday (April 18), in a “special emergency episode” of the fan podcast Britney’s Gram, the show’s creators Tess Barker and Barbara Gray revealed that they received “an anonymous tip from a credible source” who alleged that Britney entered the health facility against her will.


The hosts played a recording of a voicemail on the show, which is allegedly from a paralegal who worked for a lawyer involved in Britney’s conservatorship.


“Hi there. I cannot disclose who I am. I just heard the latest episode and you guys are on to something,” the unidentified person on tape claims. “What is happening is disturbing, to say the least. Basically, Britney was in rehearsals for Domination. It came to Jamie’s attention that Britney was not taking her medication as prescribed. She was missing a lot of doses and just full-on not taking them.”


“So they got her to the doctor and the doctor said, ‘OK, if you don’t want these medications, let’s get you on a new one.’ She refused to take the new one,” the person’s claims continue. “Jamie said, ‘Either you take this medication or the show’s off, and I’m pulling my support and you can’t do it.’ Britney did not follow Jamie’s instructions, so he was true to his word — he pulled the show, he verbatim said, ‘Blame it on my illness.’ … Britney has been in the mental facility since mid-January. There is no timeline, there is no end date particularly in sight for this stay at this mental facility to end. She did not want to go. … From what I understand, this is not a decision she made, at all.”


ICYMI, Britney has been in a conservatorship since 2008, which means she still has a legal guardian who pretty much has control over the major things in her life – like her finances and if she wants to get married and stuff. Her dad, Jamie, and Attorney Andrew Wallet were her co-conservators until Andrew resigned in March, leaving Jamie as the sole conservator of Brit’s estate.


Following the podcast, the hashtag #FreeBritney was born. Fans who believe the conspiracy also took to the streets to stage a protest, aiming to end the pop star’s conservatorship.


“We’re here trying to expose the #FreeBritney movement and let everyone know something severely wrong is going on,” Britney’s Gram creator Barbara, who also attened the event, explained. “She’s been in a conservatorship for over 10 years that we don’t believe she should be in any longer and we’re trying to spread awareness of it.”


So far, no hard evidence has come to light that corroborates the allegations that Britney is being held against her will in the facility. While she remains in treatment at the facility, last week, she stepped out for a little while to get her hair done at a salon, and on Sunday, even went out to spend some time with boyfriend Sam Asghari.


In the midst for the #FreeBritney movement, Brit’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn, took to Instagram to share a video from a decade ago, where she staunchly defended Britney against a heckler in front of the press. 

“Ten years ago, who was there?? I have been here long before anyone else, and I’ll be here long after. I love my sister with everything I have,” Jamie Lynn captioned the clip. “So, anyone or anything that speaks to the contrary can GTFOH with all the comments about what you don’t understand.”


“Do not come for me or the ones I love anymore,” she continued. “You can move the ‘blank’ outta here with all that, just like this other lady who was running her mouth.👋🏻”