Britney spears through the years: what's going on with


It's kind of hard lớn keep traông chồng of Britney Spears. Lately, all eyes have sầu been on her Instagram as she shares content that's, well, confusing. 

Since the infamous head-shaving incident over 13 years ago, her personal life và career have sầu been up & down like a roller coaster — as detailed in the new documentary Framing Britney on 9Now.

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Up until 2017, she was regularly performing và releasing new music despite being under full court-ordered control of her father.

But the last year has seen #FreeBritney trending online, with celebrities like Paris Hilton even jumping on board lớn bình luận.

Britney's son revealed in an Instagram Live sầu video clip a few months ago that she'd probably never make music again, & due lớn the coronavi khuẩn, Britney's conservatorship has been extended.

Meanwhile, a petition called "Britney Spears: right lớn her own lawyer" has over 261k signatures as of October 8, 2020.

So, what's going on? Here's everything that's happened with Britney over the last decade, to get her lớn where we are now.

Britney Spears through the years. (Getty)


In early 2007, Britney was filmed shaving her own head in a Los Angeles hair salon after leaving a drug rehabilitation centre. Later, she voluntarily spent some time in various treatment facilities over a few months.

In the year that followed, she dropped her album Blackout which received positive nhận xét & sold three million units worldwide. But her performance of 'Gimme More' at the MTV VMAs in September was criticised, with many suggesting the star wasn't as mentally stable as she claimed lớn be.


In January 2008, Britney was placed under a 5150: an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric evaluation. She was photographed by paparazzi being removed from her LA trang chính on a gurney, but only stayed in hospital for two days.

A couple of weeks later she was placed under another 5150, và while in hospital the courts ruled that she should be placed under a temporary conservatorship held by her father, Jamie Spears.

Britney Spears pictured with her father Jamie. (Twitter)

What's a conservatorship? Basically, a conservator, like Jamie, controls every aspect of her life: business, financial, & personal. If Britney wants money — even just $5 for a coffee — she has to get permission. While her conservator, he has total control over her career choices, her appearance, and even romantic life. 

People placed under a conservatorship are not allowed to lớn vote, drive sầu, get married, or be pregnant. Britney also lost custody of her two children, Sean and Jayden, then aged two & one.

Later in 2008, Britney had a highly-publicised comebaông chồng in the lead-up to her album Circus, released in December. Doing public performances and winning MTV awards, it felt lượt thích the Britney from the early '00s was baông xã. 

The conservatorship was mix khổng lồ expire in December, but it was made permanent by a judge.

Jamie was made the permanent conservator of her affairs while attorney Andrew Wallet was named the permanent co-conservator of her estate.

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Britney Spears' conservatorship was mix khổng lồ expire in December 2008, but it was made permanent by a judge. (Getty)


In 2009, Britney toured the world with her Circus tour, while still legally under her father's control. Leaked voicemails with her lawyer revealed allegations that Britney's father was using her visitation rights with her two children as leverage to lớn stop her from fighting the conservatorship in court.

2010 - 2012

In 2010 và 2011, many Britney fans noted that she seemed pretty lethargic on stage. It was widely believed, though never confirmed, that she was made to lớn continue touring và performing despite not wanting khổng lồ vày so. 

In 2011, she announced her engagement khổng lồ Jason Trawiông xã, a thành viên of her management team. Britney was still under her father's guardianship, but during their engagement, Jason became co-conservator of her personal affairs. Jamie Spears still had full control of Britney's career & finances, but Jason could dictate everything in her personal life.

The pair split up by the kết thúc of 2012, before they could get married. Jason resigned as co-conservator and Papage authority Spears was in full control again.


Britney's eighth studio album, Britney Jean, was released in December 2013 and was widely panned by critics. Though she called it some of the most personal music she'd ever released, some fans wondered if it was even her voice on some of the recordings. 


By 2015, Britney had an extremely popular residency in Las Vegas, Britney: Piece Of Me. It started in late 2013 và was extended multiple times.

In the middle of năm ngoái, fans noticed that her energy had taken a pretty drastic shift. She suddenly looked excited and invigorated, like she really wanted to be there. 

In năm ngoái, Britney had an extremely popular residency in Las Vegas.

According lớn fans, she went from performing shows with little-to-no energy, where she just marked out the choreography, to having flawless khung & actually smiling & enjoying herself. 

At one point, she even wore a bedazzled top that read "YOU DON'T OWN ME" — a move sầu some fans viewed as a nod lớn her father and the conservatorship.

Britney Spears performed flawlessly at her shows. (WireImage)


In 2016, things kept looking up. At that year's Billboard Awards, she won the coveted Millennium Award then took lớn the stage lớn persize a medley of her past hits.

Again, she looked happy & healthy and had the stage presence that had been missing from public performances over the last couple of years.

Later in the year, she dropped her ninth album, Glory, which was received much more positively than her last album had been.


By the end of 2017, Britney's Vegas residency had been extended twice. It was originally phối lớn run for two years but, due to rave sầu reviews and numerous awards, ended up running for a full four years with nearly 250 shows.

Soon afterwards, her second residency, Domination, was announced khổng lồ fans. In the lead-up khổng lồ opening night in early 2019, Britney was constantly posting updates và videos from rehearsal. Fans commented that she was in relatively good spirits & seemed excited for Domination.


In early 2019, Britney indefinitely postponed the Domination residence, citing her father's bad health. 

Saying that the decision "breaks her heart", she wrote, "a couple of months ago, my father was hospitalised và almost died. We're all so grateful that he came out of it alive sầu, but he still has a long road ahead of hlặng. I had lớn make the difficult decision to lớn put my full focus and energy on my family at this time."

A couple of days after cancelling the residency, Britney was spotted driving in LA. One of the conditions of her conservatorship is that she can't drive, and she hadn't been seen behind a wheel since 2008.

After that, she wasn't seen for three months, either online or in person. In April, it was revealed that she had been at a mental health facility, allegedly placed there against her will by her father.

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And this is when the #FreeBritney hashtag was born.

#FreeBritney. (Getty / Instagram)

Feel không tính phí lớn take a breather here for a second, because here's where the drama all starts to lớn happen. 

Firstly, in March, Britney's father became sole conservator after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned from his co-conservatorship.

In April, a paralegal who worked with Britney when she was contesting her conservatorship reached out khổng lồ the podcast Britney's Gram. He claimed that Britney had stopped taking her medication while rehearsing for Domination, và her father Jamie demanded she go bachồng on them or he'd cancel the residency. When she refused, he allegedly cancelled it and placed her in a treatment facility.

#FreeBritney began trending, and her own mother, Lynn Spears, was liking comments saying that Britney was being held against her will. Britney took to lớn social truyền thông media to lớn clear up the allegations in a Clip where she claimed the rumours were "out of control". She asked for time to lớn khuyến mãi with things in her own way.

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Shortly after, her longtime manager told TMZ that he thought she'd "never perform again".

"Personally, I want for her khổng lồ just find a peaceful, happy place — whatever that means for her," he said. "It's not about a career anymore — it's about life."

In June, a lawsuit filed in LA alleged that a blogger had falsely claimed the court-ordered conservatorship had manipulated Britney's Instagram to make her 'troubled'.

The opening line of the lawsuit stated, "It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears' well-being và the mob #FreeBritney movement khổng lồ stop."

In September, Britney và her ex Kevin Federline, the father of her children, reached a new custody agreement which meant she got 30 per cent (unsupervised) custody of sons Sean và Jaden, then 13 & 12, while Kevin got 70 per cent. The arrangement had been in place since August 2018, according khổng lồ TMZ, but it was only formalised in September 2019.

Hours after this news was reported, it was revealed that bachồng in August, Federline, filed a restraining order on behalf of his sons against Jamie. He claimed Jamie abused them & the request was granted.

Not long after news of the custody agreement and restraining order, Jamie stepped down temporarily as Britney's conservator, citing ongoing health issues. In his place, until January 31, 2020, Britney's care manager Jodi Montgomery was approved to lớn fill in as conservator. It was decided, temporarily, that Jamie would no longer be conservator of Britney's personal life, though he would maintain financial control over her.

In late 2019 và early 2020, people began noticing that Britney's Instagram was becoming a strange place. She posted a lot of videos of her dancing, walking around her house, và just posing in front of the camera.

Nothing really out of the ordinary, but still not what you'd expect from one of the biggest pop stars in the world. This particularly bizarre Christmas Clip was posted with the caption "There's no reason to lớn ever go out of your way khổng lồ make mean comments và bully people."

However, she could just be living her life as a mum và doing her best to have sầu a good time. She's been dating personal trainer Sam Asghari since 2016, and seems genuinely happy with him. 

Early 2020

In January, Britney spoke in an Instagram Story about how important freedom is to lớn her.

Around this time, she made another plea before the courts for her conservatorship to lớn be lifted and a full hearing was scheduled for April 20đôi mươi.

In March, a source revealed to Us Weekly that she refused to make any more music as a protest of her conservatorship. "This is the longest break between album cycles in her career — it's coming up on four years since Glory was released — and she's perfectly nội dung with it," the source said.

In early March, her son Jayden went on a giant rant on Instagram Live sầu, where he called his grandfather Jamie a "d--k" and commented that Britney would probably never make new music again.

When a follower asked hlặng if Britney was under Jamie's control, he replied, "I don't know". But when someone else wrote "help your break free", he replied, "That's what I'm trying lớn vị."

"I rethành viên one time I asked her, I said, 'What happened to lớn your music?' and she was lượt thích, 'I don't know, honey. I think I might just quit it'," he revealed.

Britney & her long-term boyfriover Sam Asghari in 2019. (FilmMagic)

On May 3, Us Weekly confirmed that Britney would remain under the conservatorship until the kết thúc of August.

According lớn court documents obtained by the outlet, a judge issued an order allowing the temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, to lớn remain in place until August 22, 20đôi mươi.

The extension was made due khổng lồ courthouses being closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The singer had also been hoping to lớn start a family with her boyfriover Sam Asghari last year. Us Weekly cited a source that said Britney told a court official that she had wanted lớn have a child with her boyfriover and that the singer's father, Jamie Spears, had been against the idea.

"Britney told the probate investigator late last year she wanted khổng lồ have a baby," the source exclusively told Us Weekly. "Her dad had always been against Britney getting pregnant."

Mid 2020

Considering the US has been in COVID-19 lockdown for months, there's a lot going on in Camp Britney at the moment. In May, her fans started a social truyền thông movement khổng lồ stream & buy her 2016 album, Glory, which subsequently reached number one on the iTunes charts despite it being four years old. "I have no idea what happened, but because of you, I'm having the best day ever," she said in a video message.

As a way lớn thank fans, her record label released an alternate cover photo lớn for the album. Apparently just before the album dropped in 2016, they changed the cover image. Fans speculated that it was because it depicted her with chains, & there could be link drawn to her conservatorship. The Glory artwork that was released in năm nhâm thìn is a low-quality screenshot from a video clip, so fans are pretty happy with the new one.

The 2016 'Glory' cover, & the new one released in 2020. (Sony)

Shortly after that, Britney then released a traông chồng called 'Mood Ring' onkhổng lồ all streaming platforms. It was previously a bonus Glory traông chồng, only available on the Japanese CD release. Fans really have sầu no idea why she did it, but they're inkhổng lồ it.

During isolation, Britney really leaned inlớn Instagram & TikTok, filming a bunch of videos in her trang chính. They're certainly quirky, and a lot of people have no clue what she's doing.

Because TikTok is flooded with Gen Z-ers who don't really know Britney's full history, she's been somewhat ridiculed in the comment section. It's also re-sparked the conversation about the state of her mental health right now.

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In July, Britney responded to people who were making fun of her nhảy — including Timbal&, a musician who she's worked with in the past.

"I never said I was the best dancer," she wrote on Instagram. "I dance simply because it fills my heart with joy & expression