A super-achiever and her bouts with insanity:
She is a pop icon who has sold over 100 million records worldwide, including over 70 million solely in the United States, making her one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She was ranked by ‘Billboard’ as the eighth-biggest artist of the 2000s decade. According to ‘Forbes’ reports, Britney Spears was the highest-paid female musician of 2002 and 2012.
In January 2001, Spears performed as a special guest in the Super Bowl Show, and was signed for a $7–8 million promotional deal with ‘Pepsi’, and released another book co-written with her mother, titled A Mother’s Gift.
She belonged to an evangelical conservative Protestant Christian family and sang in a church choir as a child. At age three, Spears began attending dance lessons in her hometown of Kentwood, and she was selected to perform as a solo artist at the annual recital. Aged five she made her local stage debut, singing “What Child Is This?” at her kindergarten graduation.
At the age of eight, she attended her first commercial audit test in Atlanta, Georgia for the 1990s revival of ‘The Mickey Mouse Club.’ She was rejected for being too young. However, she got to know then Nancy Carson, a New York City talent agent who was impressed with Spears’s singing and suggested enrolling her at a Professional Performing Institute. That was the beginning of her success story.
She was hired for her first professional role as the understudy for the lead role of Tina Denmark in the off-Broadway musical ‘Ruthless!’. And again in December 1992, she was cast in ‘The Micky Mouse Club.’
Spears sang the first song ‘I Have Nothing’ in 1992 for the special audience and got to work with producer Eric Foster White for a month. His chroniclers suggest that EFW shaped her voice from “lower and less poppy” delivery to “distinctively, unmistakably Britney”.
She got her elevations as an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress with remarkable successes.
In June 2002, Spears opened her first restaurant, Nyla, in New York City, but dissociated from it, citing mismanagement and “management’s failure to keep her fully apprised”.
She came closer to the famous Singer Justin Timberlake during this same phase of her life but the relationship ended after three years.
In January 2004, she married her childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander but the marriage was annulled within 55 hours, following a petition to the court that stated that Spears “lacked understanding of her actions”.
In July 2004, dancer Kevin Federline entered into her life. They held a wedding on October 6, 2004. In September 2006, she gave birth to her second son, Jayden James. In November 2006, Spears filed for divorce from Federline, citing irreconcilable differences, and finally separated in July 2007. The two had reached a global settlement and agreed to share joint custody of their sons. Soon after that, Britney Spears had developed serious psychological problems, and she had to stay in a hospital for less than a day. The following night, she shaved her head with electric clippers at a hair salon in Los Angeles. Again she was admitted to a psychiatric center for treatment. In October 2007, Spears lost physical custody of her sons to Federline.
In January 2008, Spears refused to relinquish custody of her sons to Federline’s representatives but the following day, her visitation rights were suspended at an emergency court hearing, and Federline was given sole physical and legal custody of their sons. She was again sent to a psychiatric ward.
The court placed her under a CONSERVATORSHIP led by her father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet, giving them complete control of her assets.
She was released five days later.
In July 2008, Spears regained some visitation rights after agreeing with Federline and his counsel.
In January 2009, Spears and her father obtained a restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi, ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib, and attorney Jon Eardley, all of whom had been accused of conspiring to gain control of Spears’s affairs.
In May 2010, Spears’s representatives confirmed she was dating her agent, Jason Trawick, and that they had decided to end their professional relationship to focus on their relationship.
In January 2013, Spears and Jason Trawick ended their engagement. Trawick was also removed as Spears’s co-conservator, restoring her father as the sole conservator.
In the year 2019, her father suffered a serious medical situation and on January 4, 2019, Spears announced the cancellation of her planned Las Vegas residency. In March 2019, Andrew Wallet resigned as co-conservator of her estate after 11 years.
Again she developed psychological complications and entered a psychiatric facility amidst stress from her father’s illness.
However, in the following month, a fan podcast, Britney’s Gram, released a voicemail message from a source who claimed to be a former member of Spears’s legal team. They alleged that her father had canceled the planned residency due to Spears’s refusal to take her medication, that he had been holding her in the facility against her will since January 2019 after she violated a no-driving rule, and that her conservatorship was supposed to have ended in 2009. The allegations gave rise to a movement to terminate the conservatorship.
During a May 2019 hearing, Judge Brenda Penny ordered a professional evaluation of the conservatorship. In September, Spears’s ex-husband Federline obtained a restraining order against Britney’s father, Jamie, following an alleged physical altercation between Jamie and one of her sons. Spears’s long-time care manager, Jodi Montgomery, temporarily replaced Jamie as her conservator that same month.
On August 17, 2020, Spears’s court-appointed lawyer, Samuel D. Ingham III, submitted a court filing that documented Spears’s desire to have her conservatorship altered to reflect her wishes as well as lifestyle, to instate Montgomery as her permanent conservator, and to replace her father as conservator of her estate.
Judge Penny approved the resignations of Bessemer Trust and attorney Sam Ingham. The court also approved Spears’s request to hire attorney Matthew Rosengart to represent her. Rosengart informed the court that he would be working to terminate the conservatorship. Spears said that she felt “blessed” after earning “real representation”, referring to Judge Penny’s decision to allow her to choose her own counsel.
And the life goes on……….