It’s been a long few weeks for pop singer Britney Spears as her “Free Britney” battle plays out in the public eye. She’d recently landed several victories, including being allowed to hire her own lawyer (which she promptly did) and earning freedoms back within her conservatorship, including driving. Ms. Spears has mostly kept fans updated during this process, but after dealing with a conservatorship setback, she’s now saying she is going to cut back on social media. But to make the post a little more palatable, she also shared a video of some sweet-looking avocado toast.
Yesterday, news broke that Spears’ new lawyer Mathew Rosengart had attempted to move up a hearing in the hopes of getting the singer’s father removed from the conservatorship that he’s helped to manage over the years. Per reports, however, Rosengart was unsuccessful in moving up the date of the hearing after a judge, Los Angeles Superior Judge Brenda Penny, heard his comments. The date to discuss the singer’s conservatorship will still fall on September 29th, per NBC News.
Then, in a post, Britney Spears showed an avocado-slicing technique that deeply impressed the “Toxic” singer. She also addressed “feeling hopeless for so long” and told her fans that she will be doing less publicly on the platform. She noted “I’m gonna post a little less from now on,” also paraphrasing Selena Gomez in her post.
Meanwhile, while Britney may be on a break from her Instagram, there has been back and forth between Britney Spears’ counsel and her conservatorship, including comments from her father and Jodi Montgomery. On Spears' side of things, Matthew Rosengart has contended, “[She] continues to suffer ongoing harm each day that Mr. Spears remains in place as the Conservator of the Estate — emotionally, psychologically, and financially.” On the conservatorship’s side, both Montgomery and Jamie Spears have claimed they are concerned over her current mental health state, though apparently Britney’s dad has been making comments about putting the singer on an “involuntary 5150 hold,” which Montgomery disagrees with.
In the midst of all of this, Ms. Spears has been creating a wealth of social media videos, some of which have casually addressed the “Free Britney” movement and have mentioned what has been going on in her personal life.
While there has been a setback in Mathew Rosengart’s case to have Jamie Spears removed from the conservatorship, Rosengart is still pursuing that possibility for Britney Spears. Last month he filed a petition to have Spears removed from controlling his daughter and her assets. Jodi Montgomery even offered a statement as part of that filing, noting:
Of course, Jodi Montgomery's role in the conservatorship has also come into question. We’ll have to wait and see if Jamie Spears is ultimately removed during the September hearing. In the meantime, we’ll also have to see if the singer herself holds off from posting completely on social media in the interim or if she simply cuts back. If the former, I think I’m certainly going to miss her free-spirited dance videos.
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