Britney Spears: documentaries over conservatorship are ‘so hypocritical’, US pop star says

The singer, who has been subject to a conservatorship since 2008, has been the subject of two recent films – The New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears and the BBC’s The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship.

US singer Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" (Photo by VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images)

US pop star Britney Spears has hit out at the documentaries made about her, calling them “so hypocritical”.

The singer has been subject to a conservatorship since 2008 when she had a series of public breakdowns captured by paparazzi cameras.

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She is the subject of two recent films, one by the New York Times and one by the BBC.

Both documentaries examine the details of the arrangement, as Jamie Spears, her father, retains joint control of her estate alongside a wealth management company, despite Spears asking for him to be ousted from his role.

The New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears explored the singer’s meteoric rise and subsequent struggles under the tabloid glare, as well as the #FreeBritney campaign by fans.

The BBC’s The Battle for Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship also examined the conservatorship and featured interviews with make-up artist Billy Brasfield, her former choreographer Brian Friedman, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and lawyer Lisa MacCarley.

What Britney Spears said

Spears wrote on Instagram: “Geez !!!! 2021 is definitely way better than 2020 but I never knew it was gonna be like THIS!!!!

“So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life … what can I say … I’m deeply flattered !!!!

“These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing?????

“Damn … I don’t know y’all but I’m thrilled to remind you all that although I’ve had some pretty tough times in my life … I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative!!!!

“I mean … isn’t this supposed to be a business and society about THE FUTURE???? Why highlight the most negative and traumatizing times in my life from forever ago????”

The caption accompanied a video of Spears dancing and she went on to list a number of positive things that are happening for her.

She said: “I have so many trips I’m looking forward to taking this summer and I can’t wait to dance in different studios!!!!

“I’m hoping to get a miniature koi pond in my backyard as well!!!! I know I’m weird but hey … it’s the little things you know … and I’m so grateful for my beautiful backyard!!!!”

Spears also appeared to dismiss a fan theory that has been perpetuated by Brasfield, that Spears is not in control of her Instagram page.

She wrote: “PSSSS I don’t actually talk to Billy B AT ALL so I’m honestly very confused!!! This is my Instagram!!!!”

She also appeared to confirm she has now watched Framing Britney Spears, which includes an interview with a paparazzi who claimed Spears did not mind him filming her, writing: “PSSSSS no paparazzi guy … I didn’t want you and your crew following me around !!!!”

The singer previously said she “cried for two weeks” after being embarrassed by the high-profile documentary, but said she had not watched it.

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