Earlier this month, Britney Spears began a 30-day program at a mental health facility. It was reported that Spears, 37, “needed to focus on herself” after caring for her father, Jamie, in the wake of his “life-threatening” colon rupture. “There is nothing dramatic going on with her — she just realized she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself,” a source close to Spears explained.
However, a group of Spears’ fans aren’t so sure that’s the case. According to Billboard, protesters gathered outside West Hollywood City Hall on Monday to call for Spears’ immediate release from the facility. They believe that Jamie, whose Britney’s primary conservator, put his daughter in the facility against her will after her meds became ineffective.
The protestors held up signs reading “Free Britney” and “Truth Will Set Her Free,” chanting “Hands off, Britney” and “Justice for Britney.”‘
TMZ has since pushed back against the conspiracists. The publication is reporting that the conservatorship Spears is under does not permit the conservator to force drugs on the person, nor does it allow a conservator to force the person into a mental health facility. Additionally, TMZ reports that Jamie advised his daughter against entering a facility, fearing it would leak out to the media, and ultimately it was Britney’s decision to seek treatment.
For her part, Spears was granted a one-day leave over the Easter weekend so that she could celebrate the holiday with her family and boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
Update: In a brief video posted to Instagram, Spears assured fans she is OK. In the accompanying caption, she wrote, “I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!! There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things crazy things being said. I am trying to take a moment for myself, but everything that’s happening is just making it harder for me. Don’t believe everything you read and hear. These fake emails everywhere were crafted by [ex-manager] Sam Lutfi years ago… I did not write them. He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address. My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment 🌸🌸🌸 You may not know this about me, but I am strong, and stand up for what I want! Your love and dedication is amazing, but what I need right now is a little bit of privacy to deal with all the hard things that life is throwing my way. If you could do that, I would be forever grateful. Love you ❤️❤️❤️”
— Greg W (@gregw_dj) April 22, 2019
— Daniel_B (@Daniel_B6) April 23, 2019
— FREE BRITNEY (@peternewturkey) April 23, 2019