And viewers were left shocked by what was uncovered by journalist Mobeen Azhar, calling the show ‘chilling’ and threw their support behind the #FreeBritney campaign as a result, despite the singer calling it ‘hypocritical’.
Since 2008 Britney has been under a conservatorship order, which means her father Jamie and others control what she does, who she sees and how she spends her money, which they say is to protect her following years of mental health struggles.
‘It’s chilling’: Britney Spears’ fans shared their support for #FreeBritney campaign following BBC’s documentary that aired on Wednesday… after singer slammed it for being ‘hypocritical’
In the documentary, journalist Mobeen Azhar revealed that Jamie claimed she has dementia, while it also detailed how the conservatorship has impacted her control of her life and earnings over the years.
It was set up when Britney’s conduct deteriorated after her divorce from Kevin Federline in 2007, during which she lost custody of her children Jayden and Sean.
Fans claim the conservatorship is an abuse of her human rights, and Britney herself has recently taken steps to remove her father and will address the court directly on June 23.
The documentary saw Mobeen meet a host of people, including blogger Jordan Miller who orchestrated the ‘Free Britney’ movement, and celebrity journalist Perez Hilton who claimed Britney would be dead without the order.
Legal battle: The singer has been under a conservatorship controlled by her dad Jamie (L) since 2008 and the BBC documentary examined how this has impacted her life
After watching the documentary, viewers claimed it ‘gave them chills’, and said it was a ‘troubling’ watch but an ‘impressive’ examination of Britney’s legal battle.
One person wrote: ‘This #BattleforBritney documentary is chilling. The power of record companies and how the law can be used against a vulnerable person.’
Another added: ‘The end of the BBC’s #BattleForBritney gave me chills. Enough is enough, it’s time to #FreeBritney’
Reflecting on the findings in the documentary, one fan said: ‘I’ve only been watching “The Battle for Brtiney” for five minutes and I’m raging at the screen already. Give the girl control of her own damn earnings.’
Reaction: After watching the documentary, viewers claimed it ‘gave them chills’, and said it was a ‘troubling’ watch but an ‘impressive’ examination of Britney’s legal battle
Earlier this week, Britney slammed documentaries about her life as ‘hypocritical,’ taking them to task in a lengthy Instagram post in which she also derided claims she isn’t in charge of her own social media.
She appeared to be pointing a finger at the much watched New York Times documentary Framing Britney Spears and at the BBC‘s The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship.
Both productions detail the pop superstar’s mental health issues that ultimately led to her father Jamie obtaining control of her person and estate in a conservatorship 13 years ago as well as the media frenzy surrounding her very public breakdown.
In her Instagram post, Spears observed: ‘These documentaries are so hypocritical … they criticize the media and then do the same thing????? Damn …’
Thoughts: Earlier this week, Britney slammed recent documentaries about her life and career focused on media frenzy that surrounded her and her very public breakdown as ‘hypocritical’
Referring to the documentaries, she shared with fans that while the attention is ‘flattering’, she doesn’t enjoy having the most ‘negative and traumatizing’ parts of her life being revisited in this way.
‘So many documentaries about me this year with other people’s takes on my life… what can I say … I’m deeply flattered !!!!’ she wrote.
Britney explained that while she’s endured a lot, she’s also enjoyed some ‘amazing times,’ things that don’t get focused on in the dramatic docs.
‘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…’ she said.
Thoughts: Referring to the documentaries, she shared that while the attention is ‘flattering’, she doesn’t enjoy having the most ‘negative and traumatizing’ parts of her life being revisited
‘I’ve had waaaayyyy more amazing times in my life and unfortunately my friends … I think the world is more interested in the negative!!!!’
She added: ‘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 ???? I mean DAMN.’
The Toxic hitmaker posted her message Monday alongside a video showing her dancing in a sports top and shorts in the foyer of her suburban LA mansion.
Then she concluded by addressing claims made by her former makeup artist Billy Brasfield that she doesn’t run her own social media.
‘PSSSS I don’t actually talk to Billy B AT ALL so I’m honestly very confused!!!’ she wrote. ‘This is my Instagram !!!!’
Brasfield was echoing claims made by many Britney fans worried about the star’s independence.
In the documentary it was revealed Britney’s father claimed she has dementia, with Mobeen saying he saw documents showing the syndrome may be the reason she has been living under strict legal constraints for 12 years.
Jamie said his daughter had the condition on forms to justify controlling her finances – but fans have insisted it would be impossible for her to learn songs and routines if that were the case.
The singer released a song on her 39th birthday in December, Swimming In The Stars, and has released four albums and been on four global tours during her father’s ‘conservatorship’ – which gives a third party the right to manage someone’s finances.
Claim: In the documentary, it was revealed Britney’s father claimed she has dementia, which may be the reason she has been living under strict legal constraints for 12 years
Mobeen says the dementia claim sounds ‘a bit out there’ and that he thought it was a ‘conspiracy theory’.
He revealed: ‘There are a couple of fan sites who said they have got hold of paperwork surrounding the conservatorship.
‘You have to tick a box justifying the reason and the box that is ticked, it says: “The order is related to dementia placement or treatment as specified”.
Those under 65 reportedly make up less than 5 per cent of dementia cases in the US leading the journalist to think it is unlikely she has the condition.
‘And if that’s the case, then that’s terrifying’: Mobeen – who presents the documentary – said in it that Jamie had ticked a box saying it related to ‘dementia placement or treatment’
Bradfield, Britney’s long-term friend and make-up artist, also told Mobeen that Britney is clear on what she wants.
He said: ‘It’s this super-complex thing, but she just wants to be able to drive her car when she wants to. Currently she does not have that right.’
Bradfield refuted any suggestion the conservatorship is for her own protection: ‘That’s not true. It’s important to point out that there is an army of attorneys on the conservatorship side working against Britney, and her money is paying for them, while she only has a court-appointed attorney.
‘Britney is in a place now where she has nothing to be ashamed of. She has no problem with everything that happened, she’s past that.
Revealing: Mobeen says the dementia claim sounds ‘a bit out there’ and that he thought it was a ‘conspiracy theory’
‘We know she had challenges, like we all do, but she’d like it that her family didn’t need to be involved, so there could be some healing.’
At the heart of the issue is her fortune, thought to be £50 million, with Britney’s supporters believing it’s her bank balance that’s driving the legal battle and not what’s best for her.
Samuel Ingham has been her court-appointed lawyer for 12 years. Lisa MacCarley, a legal expert in conservatorships, reveals the eye-watering legal bills Britney’s estate is being forced to pay him.
‘It’s my understanding that Mr Ingham receives $10,000 a week,’ she told Mobeen. ‘When they deprived her of an attorney of her own choice, that is the day justice died for Britney Spears. There is no outside agency you can approach to say this is a systemic flaw.’
Upset: Last month, she revealed she ‘cried for two weeks’ over The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears which dropped on streaming services Hulu and FX now in February
Britney herself will speak out on the matter during a June 23rd ‘status hearing’ regarding her conservatorship under father Jamie Spears.
The hearing will be on June 23rd at 1:30pm PT at Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.
Last month, Britney revealed she ‘cried for two weeks’ over The New York Times Presents Framing Britney Spears which dropped on streaming services Hulu and FX now in February.
‘My life has always been very speculated … watched … and judged really my whole life !!!’ she wrote on Instagram alongside a video of her dancing in her home to the Aerosmith song Crazy.
Conservatorship: Britney, pictured in 2018, was made the subject of a conservatorship in 2008 following her high profile mental health crisis
‘I didn’t watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in,’ she shared. ‘ I cried for two weeks and well …. I still cry sometimes!!!!’
Britney added: ‘It takes a lot of strength to TRUST the universe with your real vulnerability cause I’ve always been so judged… insulted… and embarrassed by the media… and I still am till this day!!!!’
Her comments posted on March 30 marked her first about the film that documented how she’d been portrayed in the media during the past 20 years and also explored the #FreeBritney movement that’s sprung up in opposition to her father’s conservatorship.
Control: The legal move gave her father control over her estate and finances as well as the authority to make decisions on her behalf regarding her welfare
In the documentary, several former agents and friends suggested that Britney’s mom Lynne cared for her well-being while her dad Jamie was more concerned about her earning ability.
The conservatorship was first put in place in 2008 after Britney suffered a very public breakdown, which led to her being committed to the psychiatric ward of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and put on a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold under California state law.
She was released five days later and the court gave her father complete control of her assets, with attorney Andrew Wallet and licensed fiduciary Jodi Montgomery also playing roles in the case.
Wallet has since resigned from his duties in the Spears case in March 2019.
Support: The pop star’s fans have rallied behind a #FreeBritney movement supporting her in her fight for legal freedom from her father (protests pictured on March 17 in LA)
Due to health reasons, Jamie was forced to temporarily hand over the reins in 2019 to Jodi Montgomery, who was already working as Britney’s care manager.
Britney has been fighting in court to permanently replace her dad with Montgomery as the conservator over her person.
In August last year, Britney lost a bid to remove him.
The pop star’s fans have railed behind a #FreeBritney movement sharing conspiracy theories claiming Britney is being held against her will and supporting her in her fight for legal freedom from her father.
Hoping for change: Mother of two Britney, pictured in July 2019, has been granted permission to address the judge in the case at a court hearing in LA on June 23