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Britney Spears's conservatorship battle explored in new BBC documentary

Julia Hunt
·Contributor
·2-min read
US singer Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of Sony Pictures'
Britney Spears (Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)

Britney Spears’s conservatorship is getting the BBC documentary treatment.

Fans were recently gripped by the Framing Britney Spears documentary, which told how the singer’s dad Jamie has been in control of her assets since 2008 and boosted the #FreeBritney movement, which is supported by many celebrities.

Now a brand-new documentary for BBC Two will see Bafta-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar exploring the conservatorship.

Read more: Jamie Spears says the conservatorship ending 'depends on Britney'

The programme will follow Azhar as he journeys from Spears’ hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana, to Los Angeles and talks to those fighting to "free" the Toxic singer from the conservatorship.

Alandria Brown, second from left, of Hendersonville, Tenn., sits with William Henry of Los Angeles, far left, and other Britney Spears supporters outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship at the Stanley Mosk Courhouse, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Britney Spears supporters outside a court hearing concerning the pop singer's conservatorship in February 2021. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

He said in a press release: “I went to LA in search of the truth of how Britney Spears, one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, ended up in a conservatorship.

"I found myself in a world of lawyers, superfans and paparazzi and spent time with many of the people who’ve had a front-row seat in Britney’s life.”

Azhar said the film “taps into the energy of the #FreeBritney movement and questions the industry, fandom and the laws that facilitate conservatorships”.

Britney Spears arrives at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Photo By Sthanlee B. Mirador/Sipa USA)
Britney Spears in 2018. (Sthanlee B Mirador/Sipa USA)

Mum-of-two Spears, 39, saw control of her assets from her successful pop career pass to her father in 2008 as she was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold.

Read more: What would it take to #FreeBritney from her conservatorship? A legal expert explains

The hashtag #FreeBritney went viral on social media after the Framing Britney Spears documentary aired earlier this year, with Miley Cyrus, Paris Hilton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Khloe Kardashian amongst those getting behind the singer.

The BBC Two documentary – which has the working title Britney – is set to air later in the spring.

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