Britney Spears has made headlines for the past decade or so for her mental health, substance abuse and crippling anxiety, but fresh reports from her mother suggest the singer is now in “dire straights”.
It’s fairly common knowledge the pop star’s father, James (Jamie) Spears, has complete control over her life.
He looks after her assets, estate, and business affairs, and has done so since 2008, following Britney’s very public breakdown.
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Her mother Lynne will be appearing in court on Friday to ask the judge to be included in how Britney is managed, reports TMZ.
She and Jamie haven’t been together since 1980, and are currently butting heads over Britney’s healthcare.
Lynne doesn’t want to become a co-conservator with Jaime over their daughter’s affairs, but it’s reported she wants to be able to have eyes on her “medical information and treatment plan,” and is apparently very worried about her current state.
The publication reports Britney is "not doing well" after her most recent 30-day stay at a mental health facility. Apparently doctors are struggling to find the right combination of drugs for her.
“Britney is making bad decisions and it’s a problem," a source told TMZ.
Her latest stint in a facility in March, came after she apparently became distraught over her dad's two major surgeries for his intestines and colon. He was in hospital for close to a month late last year thanks to complications.
Jamie's role in Britney's life
There’s more to their father-daughter relationship than most.
The former building contractor has been a constant, stabilising force in Britney’s adult life. This was never more clear in January 2008 when Britney suffered a severe mental health crisis, as the world’s media watched on. The very public breakdown had followed stints in rehab for substance abuse and a now-infamous incident in which she shaved her head in full view of paparazzi.
It all unravelled on January 4, 2008, when Britney refused to relinquish her two sons, Sean and Jayden James, to her ex-husband Kevin Federline. Police intervened, and the singer was stretchered out of her home into the back of an ambulance, which was chased by a swarm of cameras. An emergency court hearing the following day suspended her custody rights, and she was placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold – a court-ordered hospital admission.