3 Surprising Updates Following Britney Spears' Explosive New Documentary
Just one week ago, beloved pop star Britney Spears found herself in the headlines after FX and the New York Times released an explosive new documentary entitled Framing Britney Spears, recounting the star's life, struggles with press harassment, her controversial conservatorship, and the #FreeBritney movement. Yet in the seven days since the documentary first hit Hulu, the film has acted as a catalyst for several occurrences in the Britney-sphere, righting wrongs and potentially setting the groundwork for Britney having more autonomy over her life and finances.
From legal updates on the pop star's conservatorship to a famous former flame issuing an apology, here are three major Britney updates stemming from the documentary's release.
1. Britney's conservatorship battle returned to court.
On Thursday, Britney's attorneys, alongside her father Jamie, and his legal team, virtually appeared in court for a hearing regarding Bessemer Trust's appointment as a co-conservator of the singer's estate. Although the family office was established in the position, alongside Jamie last November, the singer's dad had objections to the third party, which he broached to Judge Brenda Penny, NPR reported. After hearing arguments from both sides, including from Britney's lawyer, who had previously asserted that the star was "strongly opposed" to her father serving as her conservator, Judge Penny ruled to maintain last year's agreement, making no changes.
In light of this ruling, a blow to Jamie, renowned Hollywood producer and child of the Judge, Prentice Penny, took to Twitter to commend his mother's decision.
"Also: Judge Penny is my ACTUAL mother. I could've told Britney's dad: She don't play."
2. Justin Timberlake has apologized to both Britney and Janet Jackson
Aside from dissecting Britney's conservatorship and relationship with her father, the documentary also implicated Justin Timberlake in several of Britney's media struggles, namely through talking about their sex life in the press and his video for "Cry Me a River," featuring a Britney-lookalike. After calls mounted online for the "SexyBack" singer to apologize for painting an unflattering portrait of Britney amid their 2002 breakup, as well as for exposing Janet Jackson during the 2004 Super Bowl, in light of last Sunday's game, the artist took to Instagram to issue an apology to both women, noting how his actions played into "a system that condones misogyny and racism."
"I've seen the messages, tags, comments and concerns and I want to respond," he wrote. "I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right." He then turned the statement towards the women his actions impacted.
"I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed," he added. "I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be a part of and grow from."