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Following Britney's emotional plea to end her 13-year-long conservatorship on June 23, fellow artists including Mariah Carey and Britney’s former boyfriend Justin Timberlake, shared their support for the singer. Celebrities across the globe sent messages expressing their concern for Britney and their frustration at the way she has been treated by those in charge of her affairs.
In Britney's long-awaited court appearance, the musician opened up about the "abusive" restrictions she alleges she must adhere to: Britney's forced IUD cannot be removed; she has not been allowed to marry her boyfriend, Sam Asghari; she has been forced to take medication and perform against her will; all while others, including her father, have controlled her nearly $60 million estate.
"Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad," she said. "I just want my life back. It's been 13 years and it's enough."
Celebrities respond to Britney Spears' hearing
A lengthy roster of A-list celebrities—and even an infamous ex—have taken to social media to show their support for the singer.
A win for one woman is a win for all. A win for one human is a win for all. Let Freedom Ring! #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/Rgn1NFpiIXJune 23, 2021
Britney Spears has every right to be angry. How would you feel if your life was stolen, dissected, mocked? I pray she gets to live your life on her terms. STOP CONTROLLING WOMEN. #FreeBritney – The Hollywood Reporter https://t.co/qyV9oNnLQtJune 23, 2021
Oldest trick in the playbook of the patriarchy: declare a woman mad and gain control of her assets/property. Been happening for centuries https://t.co/fTAs75UQQ3June 23, 2021
Bless Britney and I hope with my whole heart she is awarded freedom from this abusive system. She deserves it more than anything. I admire her courage speaking up for herself today.June 23, 2021
Sending all my love and support to Britney Spears and her fans ♥️June 23, 2021
We love you Britney!!! Stay strong ❤️❤️❤️June 23, 2021
In a personal nod to Britney's impassioned plea, her long-term boyfriend Sam wore a #FreeBritney shirt ahead of the hearing before posting a photo of a lioness on his Instagram stories (opens in new tab), allegedly a nod to the strength she displayed in coming forward.
Even past flames have shown their support for Britney. Justin Timberlake, who dated the singer in the early 2000s, spoke out in her defense.
"Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right," he wrote on Twitter.
After what we saw today, we should all be supporting Britney at this time. Regardless of our past, good and bad, and no matter how long ago it was… what’s happening to her is just not right. No woman should ever be restricted from making decisions about her own body.June 24, 2021
During a recess for the case, Vivian Lee Thoreen, lawyer for Britney’s father Jamie, revealed, "He is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter, and he misses her very much,” according to The New York Times.
Variety, who first broke the news about Britney appearing in court on June 23, says motions and accounting issues are set to be discussed in court on July 14. Whatever happens, it’s clear that Britney has a lot of heartfelt support on her side.
Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, where she particularly enjoys covering lifestyle and entertainment news. She was previously the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. When she's not working, you can find her reading a good book and enjoying a cup of coffee. Follow her @dvwrites.
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