“I’m quitting! “: Britney Spears Says She Won’t Perform On Stage Until Her Father Controls Her Career
For weeks, the pop superstar begged a Los Angeles judge to release her from multi-year tutelage largely ruled by her father, Jamie, increasing global interest in her case.
Late on Saturday, she took to Instagram in yet another public display of her anger.
“I’m not going to be performing on stage anytime soon with my dad who handles what I wear, say, do or think,” she wrote.
Instead, she said, she will be sharing her own dance videos “from my living room” instead of a scene in Las Vegas.
“I quit !!!!” she wrote.
Spears, who rose to fame as a teenager, suffered a very public breakdown in 2007 – when the shaved-headed star attacked a paparazzi’s car at a gas station.
The following year, a California court placed her under a single legal guardianship largely ruled by her father.
Spears quickly returned to the scene after that, released three albums, appeared on various TV shows, and even took up the Las Vegas residency which she referenced in the Instagram post.
But in January 2019, she abruptly announced that she was suspending her performances until further notice.
And then last month, the singer made a passionate plea for her situation to change, alleging that she was prevented from having a contraceptive IUD removed, despite wanting more children, and that she had taken forcibly taking medication that made her feel “drunk”.
Spears said she was forced to perform under threat of legal action and was not even allowed to change in privacy or drive her own car.
“My so called support system has hurt me deeply !!!! This guardianship killed my dreams … so all I have is hope and hope is the only thing in it world which is very hard to kill … yet people are still trying !!!! ” she wrote on Saturday.
Spears also referred to recent documentaries about her plight that have helped reflect on the entertainment industry’s treatment of young female pop stars.
“I didn’t like the way documentaries evoke humiliating moments from the past … I got over it and have been for a long time!” she wrote.
On Wednesday, Spears scored a major victory in her legal battle after a judge ruled she could appoint her own lawyer.
The lawyer appointed by a court following his separation had asked to step down, as had the financial management company which was to take joint control of his estate with his father.
Longtime Spears manager Larry Rudolph has also resigned.
His father, however, signaled that he would not resign voluntarily.
Spears has a lot of public support, from fans chanting outside the courtroom to her musical peers Christina Aguilera and Madonna to the massive #FreeBritney movement on social media.