Why Britney Spears Will Never Leave Her Past Behind

Britney Spears burst onto the pop music scene more than 20 years ago, releasing her breakout hit “Baby One More Time” when she was only 16 years old in 1998. The starlet had an immediate and dedicated fan base. Those fans watched her mature. Spears continued to wow with her songs, dance moves, and relationship drama over the years.

Even with all those hits and such a long career in the spotlight, the one thing that Britney is most remembered for is her very public breakdown in 2007. The star famously shaved her head and attacked a photographer’s car with an umbrella. This led to being involuntarily checked into a mental health facility and temporarily losing custody of her children. Since then, she’s been heralded for her comeback. But, her recent behavior has those past incidents looming large in fans’ minds.

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Even though Spears has put the incident behind her and claims that she is not worried about a relapse into a mental health crisis, it is unlikely that she will ever fully escape the shadow cast by her past struggles.  

New concerns about Britney Spears’ mental health have surfaced

Perhaps the most obvious reason that Spears’ struggles to disassociate herself with her past breakdown is that fans are seeing signs of another mental health crisis. Many fans are concerned that Spears may be on the verge of another breakdown. They have even gone so far as to speculate that she is being controlled by those around her without any say in her own life.

In January, Spears suspended her Las Vegas act to help care for her father during medical recovery. However, her temporary hiatus from the Vegas shows may become permanent. Her manager Larry Rudolph admitted that she may not return to the residency. Rudolph remarked, “I don’t want her to work again ’till she’s ready, physically, mentally and passionately.” 

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Her mental wellness is a matter of concern as Spears allegedly checked herself into a wellness facility earlier this year. She wanted to get help dealing with the stress from her father’s illness. Britney has since returned home and seemed to be recovering well, but recent actions have fans questioning the situation.

Spears sparked a social media controversy by accusing paparazzi of altering photos of her to make her appear larger. She then followed up with an impassioned defense of her body and fitness.

While that alone might not suggest a renewed mental health problem, fans have since noticed strange things going on with Spears’ social media accounts. Negative comments are remaining while positive ones get deleted. This is leading some to speculate about who is controlling the star’s public image.

Every action Britney Spears takes is analyzed

The main reason that Spears will never be able to leave her past behind is that all of her new actions are viewed through the lens of her history. Fans are genuinely concerned about her well being. They root for her to succeed both for her own sake and as a symbol for overcoming mental illness.

While some people are surely watching the star’s social media accounts and behavior just for the gossip, many people hold Britney Spears up as a symbol of hope and recovery.

Her comeback from such a dark period in her life has been an amazing transformation. Fans want to see her path to recovery continue toward a long, happy career. We can hope that Spears’ current actions and controversies are only a bump in the road and that she will get the help and treatment she needs to live healthfully. In the meantime, fans will continue to watch from afar and root for her continued success.