Singer Britney Spears has completed an intensive 30-day psychological treatment program. If all goes ‘normal’, she does not need to go back and forth to the hospital in a short time to check the condition to the psychiatrist who had handled it.
Spears’ exit from the hospital was celebrated by a number of fans who demonstrated #FreeBritney on Monday, April 22, at City Hall, Hollywood, Los Angeles. The fans who feel concerned about the idol’s condition do not want to see the movements of Spears continue to be arranged by others.
However, they must accept that fact. Since 2008, the Chicago court ruled that Spears must always be under supervision (conservatorship). The woman was considered unable to manage personal income and failed to maintain mental health. As a result, all of Spears’s actions must be monitored and approved by lawyer Samuel D.Ingham and her father, Jamie Spears. The lawyer was tasked with ensuring the legality of Spears’ various employment contracts, while Jamie was responsible for the health and all of his children’s activities.
Spears was deemed necessary to be monitored after being proven to have a mental disorder, consuming various types of illegal drugs and excessive alcohol, and was repeatedly rushed to the hospital due to worsening psychological conditions.
On the one hand, the fans feel the 37-year-old singer needs to be given a space of freedom. They believe their idols can undergo various roles in a life well provided they are given the opportunity. Some fans even thought the supervisors often took advantage of Spears’ condition.
As an illustration, during ten years overseeing Spears, Ingham earned a total of $ 2 million. While Jamie’s income as a supervisor is $ 130,000 per year, it does not include the cost of replacing the supervisor’s office rent. Spears’s father also took 1.5% profit from the income of each of his children’s concerts.
Supervisors also have the responsibility of ‘maintaining privacy’ for Spears, including maintaining exclusivity by setting high tariffs for media who want to photograph or interview Spears. A single photo and interview fee can be set at millions of dollars.
Until now, Spears still has a high selling point. The concert which was supposed to be held this year is expected to generate revenues of around $ 500,000. According to the Huffington Post, that number is still higher than the singer Celine Dion’s concert.
The prediction is just wishful thinking. Earlier this year, Spears announced the cancellation of the concert because it took time for herself and took care of James, who was seriously ill. After the news circulated, Spears rarely appeared in the mass media. Fans were suspicious. They speculate that Spears is undergoing psychological treatment.
Fan suspicion is not entirely wrong. In early April 2019, a number of Spears’ close relatives were relieved that Spears was willing to undergo a mental treatment program. The media later reported that Spears was depressed because her father had a chronic illness.
Other news emerged from comedians Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, a podcast host titled Britney Gram. In one of the episodes, they presented a secret source who mentioned that Spears failed to perform a concert because she was found taking drugs during a live rehearsal. Spears’s behavior is said to make the father cancel the event.
If it were true that the burden of Spears’ thoughts had increased, the biggest thing that might have been the cause was not the father’s illness but the failure to act according to personal will – something she had not had since childhood.
Spears was born to an alcoholic father who worked as a contractor and a mother who was a teacher. The Spears family is classified as a middle-class family that lives barely in the US. Conditions became even more complicated when Jamie declared his business to go bankrupt, so Lynn, Spears’ mother, turned the child into a ‘money machine’ by including her in various television program auditions. Since then, Spears’ road to celebrity has opened.
In “The Tragedy of Britney Spears” (2008), Rolling Stone journalist Vanessa Grigoriardis said that Spears joined in the choir, dance classes at the age of three years gymnastic classes. At the age of six, she won the Miss Talent Central States. At the age of eight, Lynn took Spears to Atlanta to audition for Mickey Mouse Club, an event that made Spears debut as a television star. In January 1999, she launched Baby One More Time and began to become an idol. The first two albums sold more than 39 million copies.
Through The Exile of Britney Spears (2011), Christopher R. Smit said Spears’ income from 1999-2008 could reach $ 120 million per year. The income that can be obtained from the tour is around $ 150 million. If calculated, the income of Spears per month around $ 737,000.
“Over time, Spears gradually lost confidence. Every time she performed in front of tens of thousands of spectators, she cried and felt bad. At that time, people began to offer her to drink and use illegal drugs. She welcomed the offers because she thought it would make her happy. If she grows up to be someone who likes parties, drugs, and alcohol, it’s because her management makes her act that way, “said Darrin Henson, Spears’ video clip choreographer.
The loss of Spears’ confidence occurred before she was stepping on two heads. At that time, the figure that made her calm was her former lover, Justin Timberlake. Unfortunately, their relationship foundered because Spears was caught sleeping with a friend of Timberlake. Spears’s condition at that time worsened because of the breakup event close to her parents’ divorce. Spears also felt tired and tried to find love from other men to heal the heart’s wounds.