The campaign to #FreeBritney has suddenly resurged on social media, as fans of Britney Spears continue to demand that the pop icon be relieved of the conservatorship that has controlled her life for more than a decade. Since 2008, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has acted as guardian over his daughter’s life, dictating every detail of her existence: from her career choices to her finances to her medical care. For years, fans have theorized that Spears is being held against her will and deserves justice.
But the legalities of a conservatorship are not privy to a massive social media campaign that calls for a celebrity’s “freedom.” Spears’ contractual obligations — for better or worse — are bound by a conservatorship that contains provisions for her finances, personal life, and mental health. Now, as the performer is due in court on July 22 for a hearing, questions around her current agreement leave