BRITNEY Spears has come a long way since the 2007 mental breakdown that prompted her restrictive conservatorship agreement – and her story is finding new light on television.
A new documentary called Framing Britney Spears explores the #FreeBritney movement and how her infamous head-shaving moment led to the binding legal agreement she’s contested for years.
How old is Britney Spears and what’s her background?
Britney Jean Spears was born on December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi, U.S.
The 37-year-old burst onto the music scene as a teenager with the release of the Number One single …Baby One More Time which featured the now-iconic music video of Britney as a Catholic schoolgirl.
She has since become one of the world’s best-selling music artists – with the release of nine studio albums, a Grammy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Six of Britney’s first seven albums reached Number One on the US Billboard 200 and her 2004 perfume brand has also generated sales of over one billion.
What is the new Britney Spears documentary Framing Britney Spears?
Framing Britney Spears is a new documentary that provides a deeper look into the pop star’s conservatorship, which was implemented by her father Jamie Spears in 2008 after a series of mental breakdowns.
The doc, which is part of The New York Times Presents series, focuses on the #FreeBritney movement started by hundreds of fans who are scrutinizing the restrictive agreement.
The film also covers her meteoric rise to fame as small-town girl from Louisiana to an international pop star who eventually became tabloid fodder for the first decade of the 2000s.
When did Britney Spears shave her head and is she in a mental health facility?
In one of the most infamous moments in pop history, Britney headed to a Tarzana hair salon late at night on February 16, 2007.
As the world watched, Britney entered Esther’s Haircutting Studio and demanded the hairstylist cut off her long brown locks.
Although Esther Tognozzi refused to do what the star asked, Britney responded by grabbing the clippers herself before proceeding to cut off all her hair.
Just days later, she was caught on camera attacking photographers with an umbrella and after suffering another breakdown, she was hospitalised on a 5150 involuntary psychiatric hold.
Britney had successfully moved on from the hospitalisation, however, her father’s ill health had reportedly taken a toll on the singer in April 2019.
Jamie has had two surgeries to correct issues with his intestines and colon, and reports claim the star checked into a mental health facility.
A source told People magazine: “There’s nothing dramatic going on with her – she just realised she needs to make sure to take time to care for herself.”
Her boyfriend Sam praised her decision with a message on Instagram which read: “It isn’t weakness, it’s a sign of absolute strength. People should only be inspired by this, at least I am.”