Britney Spears documentary presenter says conservatorship could ‘be in place for the foreseeable’

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Global megastar Britney Spears was celebrated as the Princess of Pop in the noughties. However, following her mental breakdown in 2007, the Oops!… I Did It Again singer was put under the conservatorship of her dad, Jamie.

Amid a flurry of conspiracy theories and a high profile court case, superfans of the 39-year-old started the #FreeBritney movement. In a new investigative documentary, BAFTA award-winning journalist Mobeen Azhar takes a deep dive into the campaign.

In The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash and Conservatorship, Mobeen meets the fans behind #FreeBritney, and those closest to her, in an attempt to shed new light on the situation. When we caught up with him about what he’d found, Mobeen revealed that he was “shocked” after sitting in on one of the court dates – and he believes “viewers will be too.”

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As part of the documentary, Mobeen gains access to a pivotal trial where he gets to see paperwork from the original court case 13 years ago.

He told OK!: “Seeing the original court paperwork from 13 years ago – the justification for why the conservatorship was put into place. I was shocked. I think viewers will be too.”

Mobeen continued: “It was fascinating. At every court date the fans are counting down to Britney being free – but in reality, the conversations are all about managing the existing conservatorship rather than ending it.

"I think there's a real disconnect there between some of the conversation that's fuelled by fans – which is about the end of a conservatorship – and what's actually happening in the courtroom – which is about altering it incrementally.

"Ultimately, I think the conservatorship is going to be in place for the foreseeable."

And Mobeen’s access doesn’t stop there. He also talks with one of Britney’s closest confidantes, Billy B, who worked for years as the superstar’s makeup artist.

Despite conspiracy theories flying claiming Billy isn’t in contact with the real Britney, Mobeen says the makeup artist claims the singer is doing well. “Billy’s adamant she’s in a better place now,” he tells us.

Mobeen also catches up with Perez Hilton – who notoriously gave Britney a hard time in the past – to find out what he has to say.

“That was one of my highlights. He apologises in the film and admits he’s sad about what he’s done and the effect it had.”

The #FreeBritney movement is aimed at securing the singer’s freedom from the control the conservatorship has put her under for over a decade. Admittedly not a superfan himself, Mobeen meets the people behind the movement to get a better understanding of its mission.

“I wasn’t ever particularly in love with the music as I think it was aimed at a younger crowd,” he admitted. “What grabbed me was the conservatorship and all the wacky online theories that buzzed around it. I wanted to know the truth.”

Watch The Battle For Britney: Fans, Cash And A Conservatorship on Wednesday 5 May at 9pm on BBC Two.

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