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FX/Hulu’s Controlling Britney Spears takes a deep dive into the Britney Spears conservatorship. As a result, chilling revelations emerged. According to a former wardrobe specialist, a 2009 incident during a tour terrified Britney. She felt she would lose custody of her two sons. 

The new documentary dissects the conservatorship

A documentary photo of Britney Spears of the Britney Spears conservatorship case
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Hulu and FX released The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears in February 2021. It was filled with scenes of an oppressive media presence. It also recounted some of Britney’s most harrowing moments leading up to her conservatorship. 

As a result, it touched off a discussion about the moral implications of the controversial Britney Spears conservatorship. However, it didn’t give us an idea of what’s going on with Britney Spears’ daily life. 

So in the same vein, director Samantha Stark and producer Liz Day made another documentary for Hulu. The film is a more intimate look at the current situation with the Britney Spears conservatorship. Witnesses described surveillance measures, isolation efforts, and other control tactics. It premiered Friday, September 24, 2021.

The documentary also details the emotional impact of such an arrangement. Similarly, Britney’s head of wardrobe for the 2009 Circus tour said Britney was deeply affected by fears her children would be taken from her. 

Tish Yates said the Britney Spears conservatorship made her panic during a performance

In the documentary, Tish Yates shared an incident that gave viewers heartbreaing insight. Yates was in charge of Britney’s wardrobe for her Circus tour. 

Per Yahoo! Entertainment, she told the filmmakers on camera that Britney couldn’t walk through a crowd of thousands of fans. Consequently, they needed to wheel her to the stage in a road case. 

Yates said as a result of the Britney Spears conservatorship, the singer became terrified during her journey to the stage for one performance. 

“She is distressed. She is upset,” Yates explained in the documentary. “She’s yelling, ‘It smells like pot. It smells like pot. I can’t breathe this.”

Yates said Spears continued, saying “I cannot breathe it. I will fail a drug test.” Worst of all, Yates said it triggered fears involving her sons. “‘I won’t see my boys,'” she recalled Britney saying.

Yates said Britney subsequently ran. 

“And she bolted. She was running trying to get back to her dressing room,” Yates continued. As a result of the smoke, Yates added “she was crying. She was screaming.” 

Yates continued, noting that the incident helped her understand what’s going on with Britney Spears — and the fear that the Britney Spears conservatorship generated. “The level of how she was scared really opened my eyes,” Yates recalled. “She’s crying and the show goes on.”

The next court hearing is September 29, 2021


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California courts put the Britney Spears conservatorship in place after a series of highly publicized incidents in 2008. They placed her father, Jamie Spears, in control of her $60 million estate. The courts paid him millions from her estate to oversee her health and finances. 

However, since the release of the first New York Times Presents documentary, fans have mobilized, and Britney has spoken out. She called the arrangement “abusive” in a June 23 statement to the Los Angeles Superior court. 

Britney subsequently petitioned the court to suspend her father from the conservatorship. Finally, earlier in September, Jamie Spears relented and officially asked the court to end the conservatorship. 

The next Britney Spears conservatorship hearing will take place on September 29, 2021. Aside from Netflix’s Britney vs. Spears, no word on whether more documentaries are in the works. That documentary drops on Netflix September 28.

But fans certainly can’t get enough information on what’s going on with Britney Spears. Consequently, there will likely be more in the future.