Thursday, May 5, 2016

Is Britney Spears Ready to Stand on Her Own?

LAS VEGAS — The disturbing images seem so distant now: the pop-star-turned-cautionary tabloid tale — head shorn, face twisted, umbrella gripped like a police baton as she bashed a paparazzi S.U.V. window. More than eight years after her meltdown, Britney Spears, at 34, appears to be thriving.

In September, she announced a two-year, $35 million deal to extend her residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino here. Forbes named her the fifth-highest-earning female musician of 2015, ahead of powerhouses like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. And she’s been hard at work on her ninth studio album, expected this year.

With her television guest spots and a wildly popular, often eccentric Instagram feed featuring her toned abs and adorable sons, Ms. Spears looks like that rare celebrity who has vanquished deep travails to snatch a second chance.

“I’m in a real good place in my life,” Ms. Spears told People magazine last year, in an interview about her personal life. “I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”

Ms. Spears’s team presents her onstage as fully in control, and backstage, as the mastermind of her show, an artist in top form. But that view seems at odds with the conclusions routinely drawn about her at probate court in Los Angeles, where an undisclosed mental illness and substance abuse led her family to take action in 2008.

Since then, Ms. Spears’s life has been controlled by a court-approved conservatorship, known in other states as a guardianship, designed for people who cannot take care of themselves.

According to the arrangement, which is typically used to protect the old, the mentally disabled or the extremely ill, Ms. Spears cannot make key decisions, personal or financial, without the approval of her conservators: her father, Jamie Spears, and a lawyer, Andrew M. Wallet. Her most mundane purchases, from a drink at Starbucks to a song on iTunes, are tracked in court documents as part of the plan to safeguard the great fortune she has earned but does not ultimately control.

While the conservators are widely credited with rescuing Ms. Spears’s career — and her life — her apparent stability and success could belie the need for continuing restrictions.

There are recent signs, in fact, that the conservators are now acknowledging the great progress she has made. After successfully fighting to keep her from testifying in at least three prior lawsuits — (a probate judge had previously agreed that doing so could cause her “irreparable harm”) — Ms. Spears’s conservators allowed her to testify on Monday in a case filed against her by a former self-described manager. They agreed that “giving such testimony is not likely to cause harm to her,” according to court papers.

Could this be the start of a major unfastening of the strictures she lives under?  (Continue Reading)

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Is Britney Spears Ready to Stand on Her Own?


StandUp said...

Britney Spears is the goose that laid the golden egg. She just doesn't know it.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering what had happened in Britney's case over the years. Thank you for posting this New York Times article, NASGA!

Don Robert said...

What I don't understand is why Britney just puts up with it. Perhaps she's too busy making money to really look beneath the surface at how wrong it is to hold her hostage this way.

Betty said...

I don't think she'll ever get out and I think she's clueless because the conservatorship gives her some freedom, so she's not complaining. But, what she doesn't know, is they're giving her enough rope to keep her from complaining.

Rachel said...

She's been ready to stand on her own for years. This is a terrible shame and sham.

Finny said...

This case blows my mind. I wonder if Britney Spears just thinks she's got so much money, oh well. But, it's more than money. They control every aspect of her life. How can she stand that? Why does she stand it? It's so wrong.

I hope Britney Spears finds NASGA so she can learn the truth!

Betty said...

This article is very well done. Britney should be free. It's time she stand up and demand it!