What is going on with Britney Spears and why are fans concerned for her safety?

A court has rejected the popstar's plea to end her father's conservatorship over her

Britney Spears attends Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019
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If you're wondering why so many people have been talking about Britney Spears' mental health recently, then you're not alone. A lot of fans have been concerned about the popstar's safety due to her ongoing conservatorship situation with her father, Jamie Spears. Those fears have now increased as it has been announced that Britney has lost an ongoing court battle to have her father removed as conservator of her estate, BBC reports. 

A US court has rejected Britney's plea, despite the singer's lawyer arguing that she was "afraid" of him, and that she would not be allowed to perform so long as he remained in the role.

For the past 12 years, every aspect of Britney's life has been under control by her father, who got a conservatorship for his daughter following her heartbreaking meltdown in 2007, which resulted in the star being hospitalised and checking into rehab.

Supporters of Britney Spears attend the #FreeBritney Protest in LA, September 2020

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Since the incident, which involved her shaving her head and attacking paparazzi, Britney has dealt with endless stigma surrounding her mental wellbeing despite making multiple comebacks in her music career and other business ventures, including her popular fragrance line. However, loyal fans have long been worried about the 38-year-old singer and her living situation for years, convinced that she herself feels taken 'hostage' and needs saving from her father. 

Their growing concerns led to the #FreeBritney movement, where fans used social media to make a strong case for why it is time for the world to help get Britney out of her conservatorship by not only sharing theories, but using the eagle eyes to to find discrepancies within her case. 

While the movement has been going on for years, it recently resurfaced because of an episode of the Britney's Gram podcast, in which an anonymous lawyer, who claims to be a former member of the firm that oversees Britney's conservatorship, expressed concerns over Britney's team and how her father was running her life. But how exactly does a conservatorship work?

Britney Spears' conservatorship: how does it work?

According to California Courts, a conservatorship is when a judge appoints an individual or organization to care for another adult who is deemed unfit to care for themselves or their finances. In Britney's case, this means that her father is the designated individual who cares for her as the court deemed her unable to care for herself back in 2008.

While Britney hasn't made any direct comments about her conservatorship or the #FreeBritney movement, she did release a statement via her lawyer stating that she supported her fans being vocal about her situation on her behalf, according to TMZ.

FreeBritney.net, a dedicated website to the movement that was launched in 2009, released a statement explaining their concerns: "During the twelve years of Spears' conservatorship she has repeatedly toured the world, released multiple albums, and worked on a variety of television shows.

"Her conservators decide whether or not she works, as she cannot enter into contracts for herself because she is legally not her own person. Britney Spears needs permission from her conservators to leave her house or spend any of her own money."

During lockdown, Britney posted a series of videos of herself dancing on TikTok and Instagram, causing many to worry for her mental health and wellbeing. Especially when a video surfaced of her wearing a yellow top, shortly after a fan had asked her to wear a yellow top to signal whether she needed rescuing.

Britney has been going back and forth with the court on petitions in attempts to amend her conservatorship for years.  However, she has now lost the case as her father's lawyer argued that he always acted in the best interests of his daughter. The judge explained that she could appeal the case in the future, so something tells us this isn't quite over yet.