On Friday night, FX and Hulu will debut a new documentary on Britney Spears’ life. “Controlling Britney Spears,” the follow-up to “Framing Britney Spears,” delves deeper into the conservatorship that has ruled over the pop star’s life since 2008.
The documentary, which will premiere at 10 p.m. on Netflix, is based on a New York Times investigation into Spears’ conservatorship and will look at how it has influenced her life over the past 13 years. Insiders, including a former member of the security team that tracked Spears for nine years, have come up with charges about how the superstar’s conservatorship functioned, including claims that her life was constantly watched.
According to the former member of the security team, he was instructed to erase a flash drive holding “very sensitive” information. This order triggered “so many red lights,” he claimed, and he finally “saved a copy” because he didn’t want to lose any proof.
“In the documentary,” Liz Day, co-creator of both documentaries, said, “this insider has come forward and provided a depiction of the way the conservatorship watched and regulated almost every element of Britney’s life over the previous 13 years.”
“Back in 2008, when [Britney’s father] Jamie was designated Britney’s conservator, he was granted the right to employ security for Britney 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and no one really understood what they did,” Day said. “They’d be in the backdrop of Britney’s photographs.” We definitely didn’t know a thing about the amount of control and the methods they monitored and surveilled her previously, and I don’t think anyone else did either.”
Samantha Stark, a co-creator on “GMA,” said she and Day also obtained court records relating to Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which reveal how the singer “had been expressing to the court she wanted out far earlier than anyone realized.”
Spears’ shocking testimony in June “inspired” individuals engaged in the conservatorship to come forward and back her narrative, according to Day.
The documentary “Framing Britney Spears,” which premiered on Hulu in February, chronicled the singer’s court struggle over the conservatorship and looked at the media’s portrayal of her at the height of her celebrity. It also looked at the severe scrutiny she’s been subjected to.
Spears, 39, is absent from “Framing.” Britney Spears said in a since-deleted Instagram post that she hadn’t seen the film over two months after its release that she hadn’t seen it. She did, however, say that the clip she did watch made her cry.
“My entire existence has been speculated about… observed… and judged!!!” At the moment, Spears is posted on Instagram. “I’ve spent my entire life performing in front of an audience!!! It takes a lot of courage to TRUST the universe with your true vulnerability, because the media has always criticized… ridiculed… and embarrassed me… and I’m still doing it today!!!”
“As the globe continues to evolve and life goes on, we as humans remain vulnerable and sensitive,” she continued.
Spears has been preoccupied with resolving her conservatorship fight since then. Her conservatorship, she claimed in court, is “abusive” and “doing me much more harm than good.” Following pressure from Spears’ new legal team, her father, Jamie Spears, who acts as conservator of her estate and has denied wrongdoing, moved to dissolve the arrangement earlier this month. The next court appearance is scheduled on September 29.