Celebs react to Britney Spears' conservatorship court hearing: "Stop controlling women"

From Lena Dunham to Rose McGowan, celebs react to Britney Spears' conservatorship with nothing but support for the singer

US rock star Britney Spears arrives 24 January 2004 at Cannes' Palais des Festivals, for France's annual NRJ music awards. The awards are held as the International music industry descends on Cannes, southern France, for the annual MIDEM trade jamboree, the music world's premier trade show. The NRJ pop music station's awards are based on a public vote, with around 50 artists competing for 15 awards. NRJ is a popular commercial FM radio network whose name, when pronounced in French, makes the word "energy"
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The princess of pop has spoken her truth, and fans are happy to see celebs react to Britney Spears' court statement with support. The singer's shocking claims about her conservatorship caused fellow musicians, actors, and fans to show their support with words of encouragement and pleas to give Britney her freedom back. 

On June 23rd, Britney Spears called into court virtually to ask for her "abusive" 13-year conservatorship to come to an end. Since 2008, her father, Jamie, has controlled her $60 million estate, and the court-appointed regulations have allegedly stripped Spears of her rights. 

At the Britney Spears conservatorship hearing, the singer revealed that she is unable to remove a forced IUD and have a baby with—or even marry—her boyfriend Sam Asghari, have control over her schedule, or simply visit with friends who live less than 10 minutes away. She also claimed to have been given Lithium against her will, was forced to perform in 2018 when she needed a break, and could not even so much as disagree with a dance routine. She claimed her family did nothing to support her, and she confessed she would even like to sue them.

"I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life," Spears revealed to the court. 

In the wake of this heartbreaking account, plenty of famous folks have rushed to the "Baby One More Time" singer's defense. 

Celebs react to Britney Spears' court hearing

The likes of Rose McGown, Liz Phair, and Halsey have responded to the horrific statements made at the conservatorship hearing and believe that this is just another example of women being oppressed and taken advantage of. Others like Andy Cohen and have simply expressed their love and sorrow for what the star is going through. 

Lena Dunham: Britney Spears is "forever our girl"

In a lengthy Instagram post, Lena Dunham recounted meeting Britney Spears at Jingle Ball, just as she was rising to fame. The actress goes on to accuse those who were supposed to help Britney as the ones who abused her. 

"She experienced a world where there was no control to be had," Dunham wrote in an impassioned note.  

She also noted that the media frenzy surrounding Britney amid her divorce and custody battle in 2007 was the cause for her public breakdown, and even believes history is capable of repeating itself. 

"And for everyone chanting #FreeBritney, let's not forget we created 2007. And we will create many more 2007s if we don't rethink the way we parse women under the microscope," Dunham added. 

As more celebrities continue to respond to the singer's testimony, many are wondering about her younger sister. What does Jamie Lynn Spears say about Britney? So far, the youngest Spears child—with whom Britney has always had a close relationship—has not publicly made a statement, though she's suspended comments on her Instagram account after nasty comments began to emerge. Jamie Lynn was named as the trustee of Britney’s estate in 2020, per StyleCaster.

According to Britney's Instagram, Jamie Lynn is one of the women she credits for helping her get through 2020. "These ladies always add a spark to my day," she wrote in late March. 

Although the status of their relationship is not entirely clear at this time, Britney's stance is. She took to social media to touch on her testimony as well as the persona she's created on Instagram.

"I apologize for pretending like I’ve been ok the past two years … I did it because of my pride and I was embarrassed to share what happened to me," she wrote.

Time will tell how this case will unfold, but everyone is hoping Britney gets the freedom and happiness she deserves.

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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