Malta’s pop queen Ira Losco has weighed in the ongoing controversy surrounding Britney Spears’ conservatorship, which the US star has described as the “abusive” and controlling management of her life which has left her career in the hands of her legal guardians since 2008.
“It’s sad to see,” Losco said, explaining that people her age “grew up exposed to her music and saw her grow into quite the artist” before becoming a pop culture icon of the 2000s.
The Maltese singer highlighted her belief that the start of Spears’ downfall began when she was “demonised” by the media following news emerging accusing Spears of cheating on then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
It has never been confirmed or denied whether the accusations were true – though Timberlake capitalised on the rumours in his subsequent solo hit single Cry Me A River.
“I believe that, as happens most of the time with being a woman in the industry, [it] was even harder because she was completely ridiculed and made fun of continuously,” Losco told Lovin Malta.
She further stated her belief that this treatment by the media and the industry potentially had a part to play in Spears’ mental health struggles, which again led to the Circus singer’s ridicule in the media.
“She was again made fun of rather than being looked after,” Losco explained. “She was also ridiculed because of her addictions and again, because of her mental frame of mind.”
Concerns were raised around the world following the release of the Framcing Britney Spears documentary, which showcased how the popstar lost control of her life following her rise to fame.
the Framing Britney Spears doc holy fuck.
no artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her.
the mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid.
— hayley from Paramore 🥀 (@yelyahwilliams) February 6, 2021
Losco further went on to highlight that on the flip side, Spears’ male counterparts were “almost glorified for struggling with addiction” noting that it was seen as “cool for a man to struggle with addiction”.
Yet, a woman going through a similar situation received a very different reaction.
Britney Spears has been under conservatorship since 2008, which has led her father and financial firm The Bessemer Trust to have full control over her personal and financial affairs.
Initially, this was done following Spears being hospitalised twice in 2008 in incidents that caused widespread concern for the star’s wellbeing. Yet, in the years that have passed, Spears has commented that the conservatorship has left her “traumatised”.
Following Spears’ objections in court last week, The Bessemer Trust has filed a motion to withdraw as co-conservators of the pop star, citing her objections to the conservatorship in court.
Her case of conservatorship has led to a grassroots campaign movement, the #FreeBritney Movement, who have been campaigning for the star’s freedom from the conservatorship. It has also seen huge stars such as Dua Lipa and Iggy Azalea coming out in support of Spears.
Losco lamented the situation that arose just because “she is a very public person and because she chased her dreams and was successful at it”.
“A lot of people around the world are calling out for her freedom and it should be listened to, it shouldn’t fall on deaf ears.”
Iggy Azalea shows support for #FreeBritney & speaks on her experience of working with Britney.
“I personally witnessed the same behavior Britney detailed in regards to her father last week and I just want to back her up & tell the world that: She is not exaggerating or lying.” pic.twitter.com/jNXpHaZZTs
— Pop Base (@PopBase) July 1, 2021
As things stand, Spears will have the next hearing in her case on 14th July, though Spears ins’t expected to speak there.
This hearing will see a petition presented to have her father removed as the co-conservator or remove the conservatorship entirely.
Additionally, Britney Spears may see help coming from America’s Congress after a handful of Republican representatives invited the popstar to testify before Congress about her experiences with conservatorship.
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