July 5, 2022

Britney Spears calls out ‘people closest’ to her who ‘never showed up’

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Britney Spears shared her outrage at the ‘people closest’ to her who had failed to help her in her time of need in an Instagram post shared on Friday.
The 39-year-old pop superstar lashed out in a lengthy text post at people in her orbit who had only started speaking out in support of her after her conservatorship received heavy public scrutiny.
Despite her angry tone, she avoided mention any specific names, though she said they ‘know who [they] are.’ 
Betrayed: Britney Spears, 39, lambasted ‘people closest’ to her who didn’t speak out about her treatment under her conservatorship until it became a source of public outrage in a cryptic Instagram post on Friday; seen in 2016 in LA
Britney posted a short text snippet summarizing her position.
‘Never forget who ignored you when you needed them and who helped you before you even had to ask,’ it read.
She went into more specifics in her lengthy caption and sounded notably more upset than she usually allows herself to be on social media.
‘There’s nothing worse than when the people closest to you who never showed up for you post things in regard to your situation whatever it may be and speak righteously for support … there’s nothing worse than that!!!!’ she wrote. 
Furious: She called out people she cared about who ‘never show up’ when she needed them. ‘Did you put your hand out when I was drowning???? Again … NO,’ she wrote angrily
Though she didn’t name names, Britney indicated they were part of her closest inner circle by calling them ‘the people you love the most.’  
‘How dare you make it public that NOW you CARE … did you put your hand out when I was drowning????’ she continued. ‘Again … NO …’
The Toxic singer added that the people she was targeting likely knew she was mad at them. 
‘If you’re reading this and you know who you are … and you actually have the nerve to say anything about my situation just to save face for yourself publicly!!! If you’re gonna post something …. Please stop with the righteous approach when you’re so far from righteous it’s not even funny,’ she added, before adding, ‘And have a good day!!!!!’
After airing her grievances, Britney added words of encouragement to others who were dealing with a lack of support: ‘If you’re reading this today and you can relate …. I’m sorry because I know what it’s like … and I send you my love!!!!’
The entertainer’s post arrived a day after her sister Jamie Lynn Spears, 30, posted a message to her Instagram Stories reading: ‘Dear Lord, can we end this bulls**t once and for all? Amen.’
The 30-year-old Zoey 101 star took to Instagram a day after her older sister won the right to appoint her own lawyer and moved one step closer to ending her 13-year conservatorship.
Speaking out: Britney’s post arrived a day after her sister Jamie Lynn Spears prayed on Instagram that ‘the bulls**t will end’ amid her family’s ongoing conservatorship drama
Touching: The Zoey 101 star, 30, posted a message on her story reading: ‘Dear Lord, can we end this bulls**t once and for all? Amen’, as Britney battles to have their father Jamie’s control on her life relinquished; Britney and Jamie seen in 2003
Speaking out: Jamie has previously spoken out about her sister’s situation, saying last month: ‘I’m so proud of her for using her voice. If ending the conservatorship… or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy — I support that’
Jamie Lynn has previously spoken out about her sister’s situation, saying last month: ‘I’m so proud of her for using her voice. If ending the conservatorship… or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy — I support that…
‘I am so proud of her for requesting new counsel like I told her to do many years ago. I’m not my family, I’m my own person. I’m speaking for myself.’ 
Britney’s mother Lynne Spears also shared a cryptic biblical post after the news of her daughter’s court victory.
She shared a Bible verse from the Gospel of John to her Instagram on Friday, telling her 41k followers: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.’ 
Others who are further removed from Britney’s inner circle, including the rapper Iggy Azalea and her childhood friend Jason Alexander, whom she was married to for 55 hours, have recently spoken out about her conservatorship.
Optimism? Britney’s mother Lynne Spears, 66, also shared a cryptic biblical post from the Gospel of John after the news of her daughter’s court victory: ‘The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it’
After Britney shared her celebratory video on Wednesday, her boyfriend Sam Asghari shared a message of support for the star. 
Showing his love for Britney and the #FreeBritney movement, Iranian–American personal trainer and actor Sam Asghari, 27, wrote underneath: ‘Internet is about to explode!’, amid her bid to have her father Jamie relinquish control of her life. 
Britney had earlier addressed the court by phone in an emotional plea for freedom, and the right to chose her own legal representation.
She then posted the video which first showed her horse riding in an arena on a lead rein. The video then showed her cartwheeling for joy beside a pond.
Britney captioned the clip: ‘Coming along, folks… coming along!!!!! New with real representation today… I feel GRATITUDE and BLESSED!!!… 
‘Thank you to my fans who are supporting me … You have no idea what it means to me be supported by such awesome fans !!!! God bless you all !!!!!’
Happy days: On Wednesday, Britney shared a clip on Instagram of herself doing cartwheels and horseriding as she celebrated winning the right to appoint her own lawyer and move one step closer to ending her 13-year conservatorship
Sweet: Showing his love for Britney and the #FreeBritney movement, Iranian–American personal trainer and actor Sam Asghari, 27, wrote underneath: ‘Internet is about to explode!’, amid her bid to have her father Jamie relinquish control of her life
Reaching out: Sam was throwing his support behind his long-term girlfriend 
She then added: ‘Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today!!!! #FreeBritney’. 
Sam — her boyfriend of three years — then added his Internet comment, in his latest loyal show of display for the star he has supported through the case.  
Hours before, the singer told a court in LA that she wants her father charged with conservatorship abuse, during a hearing in which a judge agreed to her appointing her own lawyer, to bring about an end to the arrangement. 
Speaking on the phone, an emotional Britney said: ‘I would like to charge my father with conservatorship abuse. I want to press charges against my father today. I want an investigation into my dad.’ 

Happy couple: Britney is seen with her boyfriend Sam at the 2019 Daytime Beauty Awards in September 2019 in Los Angeles. On Wednesday he also posted (right) ‘Free Britney’

Joyous: On Wednesday, Britney posted an Instagram clip of her cartwheeling with joy after her court hearing
She described once again the torment of her conservatorship, in a repeat of her explosive June 23 testimony.
Britney claimed her father and others involved in the conservatorship had threatened her, and added: ‘There should be no threats to me at all, ever. I have serious abandonment issues.’ 
She said that her car keys, hair vitamins and coffee had been taken from her. 
She tearfully told Judge Brenda Penny, according to Sky News: ‘Ma’am, that’s not abuse, that’s just f****** cruelty. Excuse my language but it’s the truth.’
Britney then told the court: ‘I thought they were trying to kill me. If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is.’ 
Lost: Britney’s parents Jamie and Lynne are seen in November 2012. They had divorced in 2002
Britney’s boyfriend shows his support  Britney Spears’ boyfriend posed in a ‘Free Britney’ message on Instagram on Wednesday, as the pop singer celebrated winning the right to choose her own lawyer. 
Support: Sam Asghari wore a ‘Free Britney’ T-shirt on June 23, and posted the message again on July 14 
Asghari, 27, a personal trainer and actor, has previously voiced his dislike of Britney’s father, saying in February this year: ‘In my opinion, Jamie is a total d**k.’  
He posted his thoughts on Instagram at the time, adding: ‘I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way.’ 
The pair met in 2016, when the Iranian-born actor was cast in the video for her song Slumber Party.
In February, he told People: ‘I have always wanted nothing but the best for my better half, and will continue to support her following her dreams and creating the future she wants and deserves.  
A month later, he told Forbes he hoped to become a father soon.  
‘My priorities in life are to remain humble and understand where I came from and where I’m going. I want to take my career to the next step when it comes to acting. 
‘I want to take my relationship to the next step, as well. I don’t mind becoming a father. I want to be a young dad.’
Spears has two teenage sons, 15-year-old Sean and 14-year-old Jayden, whom she shares with ex Kevin Federline. The two were married from 2004 to 2007. 
Breaking down, Britney then requested a short break to compose herself. She called for her father be removed from the complex legal arrangement and be charged with ‘conservatorship abuse’. 
She wants the conservatorship terminated without the need for a medical assessment, but said her priority was ousting her father from his role while allowing co-conservator Jodi Montgomery to remain in the meantime.
Britney said: ‘My dad needs to be removed today and I will be happy with Jodi helping me’. 
During her testimony, the judge asked Britney to slow down so the court reporter could take it all down: ‘I’m here to press charges. I’m angry and I will go there.’ 
Before she spoke, supporters of the #FreeBritney movement gathered outside Los Angeles Supreme Court for the hearing, where the star’s hand-picked attorney Mathew Rosengart was appointed to take over her case.
Judge Penny approved his request, meaning that for the first time since the conservatorship was brought in in 2008, Spears has a lawyer of her own choosing representing her. 
On June 23, Spears told the court: ‘I haven’t really had the opportunity by my own self to actually handpick my own lawyer by myself. And I would like to be able to do that.’  
Rosengart told the court on Wednesday he would be filing paperwork in the next few week to end the arrangement that has been in place since 2008. 
Once the hearing concluded, Rosengart told a press conference on the steps of the courthouse that Jamie Spears should voluntarily step down as conservator.  
He said: ‘We will be moving promptly and aggressively for his removal. The question remains, why is he involved? He should step down voluntarily because that’s what’s in the best interest of the conservatee.’
Rosengart praised Britney’s ‘courage, passion, and humanity’ for speaking out in court, and called her testimony ‘clear, lucid, powerful, and compelling.’
‘My firm and I will be taking a top to bottom look at what’s happened over the past decade,’ said Rosengart.  
Rosengart’s argument was that the singer ‘is entitled to due process, which includes the right to a competent lawyer’, TMZ reported. 
The argument was feared to present a challenge because the terms of the conservatorship mean Spears is prevented from signing any legally binding contracts without her father’s permission. 
Rosengart argued against this, saying that Jamie should not have the power to reject her choice of lawyer – given that her lawyer is representing her in a case against Jamie himself.   
Rosengart is well known as an attorney to the stars having represented a number of high-profile Hollywood clients, including Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck and his brother Casey, Sean Penn and director Michael Mann. 
Britney’s new lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, is seen on Wednesday speaking outside a Los Angeles courthouse where he was appointed as her legal representative
Judge Penny also agreed a petition filed by wealth management firm Bessemer Trust to remove itself as a co-conservator of Spears’ multimillion-dollar estate.
This comes after her longtime court-appointed attorney Samuel Ingham resigned in the wake of Spears’ bombshell court appearance on June 23 where she pleaded for the ‘abusive’ conservatorship to end. 
Britney on June 23 told that she believed she was not allowed to choose her own attorney.
She said: ‘I was on tour in 2018. I was forced to do… My management said if I don’t do this tour, I will have to find an attorney, and by contract my own management could sue me if I didn’t follow through with the tour. 
‘He handed me a sheet of paper as I got off the stage in Vegas and said I had to sign it. It was very threatening and scary. And with the conservatorship, I couldn’t even get my own attorney. So out of fear, I went ahead and I did the tour.’ 
She gave explosive testimony in last month’s hearing where she accused her father of controlling her life and fortune for the last 13 years and likened her situation to that of a sex-trafficked person. 
#FreeBritney fans have gathered outside Los Angeles Supreme Court (above) for Britney Spears’ latest conservatorship hearing where the star’s hand-picked attorney Mathew Rosengart will argue to take over her case