Britney Spears’ journey from teenage phenomenon to guardianship


Singer Britney Spears poses at the 29th GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, United States, April 12, 2018. REUTERS / Mario Anzuoni

Nov. 11 (Reuters) – A Los Angeles court will discuss on Friday whether to end the legal arrangement, called trusteeship, which has controlled Britney Spears’ personal and business affairs since 2008.

Here’s a timeline of key events in the life of Spears, now 39 years old.

1992 – Actor on “The Mickey Mouse Club” TV show with Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling.

1997 – Signs a 15-year record contract.

1998 – At 16, she released her first single “… Baby One More Time”. In 1999, her debut album of the same name topped the charts in 15 countries.

2000 – The second studio album “Oops! … I Did It Again” breaks records. Spears confirms she is dating Justin Timberlake.

2001 – Spears performs as a guest at the Super Bowl halftime show and releases her third album.

2002 – Spears stars in his first movie, “Crossroads”. His relationship with Timberlake ends.

2003 – Spears kisses Madonna on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards, causing a scandal.

2004 – Spears marries childhood friend Jason Alexander in a surprise ceremony in Las Vegas. The wedding is called off three days later. Nine months later, she married dancer Kevin Federline.

2005 – Son Sean Preston is born. Spears wins her first and only Grammy Award for “Toxic”.

2006 – Birth of second son Jayden James. Two months later, Spears files for divorce.

2007 – Spears enters and leaves rehab twice in a few days, shaves his head in a Los Angeles salon, and returns to rehab. Pursued by the paparazzi, her behavior becomes more and more erratic and Spears loses custody of her two sons. She is releasing a fifth studio album and performing “Gimme More” at the MTV Video Music Awards but seems stunned.

2008 – Spears is hospitalized twice in psychiatric custody and placed under court-ordered guardianship in which her father Jamie Spears and a lawyer take control of her personal and professional affairs. The nature of his mental illness is not disclosed. In December, her comeback album “Circus” was released and in 2009 she undertook a world tour to promote it.

2011 – Spears releases their seventh studio album and begins another tour.

2012 – Spears joins the US version of the TV show “The X Factor” as a judge.

2013 – Spears begins a two-year residency in Las Vegas and releases their eighth studio album. The residency is extended for two years.

16-16-2018 – Spears releases her ninth studio album, goes on a “Piece of Me” world tour, and announces another residency in Las Vegas for 2019. She last performed in public in October 2018 at the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

2019 – Spears announces an “indefinite break from work” and cancels his planned residency in Las Vegas, citing concerns about his father’s health. She walks into a mental health facility saying she is taking “some time for me”. The #FreeBritney movement is started by fans who believe Spears is being held against her will under trusteeship.

August 2020 – A lawyer for Spears requests that the singer’s father be replaced as curator. Jamie Spears calls the #FreeBritney movement “a joke”.

February 2021 – The documentary “Framing Britney Spears” airs, drawing more attention to the Guardianship. Spears says she was “embarrassed by the light they put me in” and cried for two weeks. A lawyer for Jamie Spears notes that the singer never asked for the end of the guardianship.

June 17 – Spears says she “has no idea” if she will ever be back on stage and that she “is having fun right now.”

June 23 – In a moving public speech in court, Spears calls the guardianship abusive and humiliating and says she wants her life back. She says she was forced into a mental health facility in 2019, given strong drugs, and wants a contraceptive device removed.

July 5 – The 25-year Spears manager resigns, saying the singer has indicated she wants to retire.

July 14 – Spears gets the right to choose his own lawyer for the first time, and tearfully begs the court to oust his father and charge him with abuse of guardianship.

July 26 – Spears’ new lawyer calls for Jamie Spears to be removed from his position as curator, calling the arrangement “increasingly toxic”.

Aug 12 – Jamie Spears says he’s ready to step down as curator of the singer’s $ 60 million estate, but gives no timeline.

September 7 – In a surprise gesture, Jamie Spears files a petition to end the trusteeship.

September 12 – Britney Spears and her four-year-old boyfriend Sam Asghari announce their engagement.

September 24 – The documentary “Controlling Britney Spears” says Jamie Spears monitored the singer’s phone and texts and a listening device was placed in her bedroom.

September 29 – Judge suspends Jamie Spears as curator and sets up a hearing to discuss ending all of the trusteeship. Singer’s attorney says he will investigate Jamie Spears for abuse of guardianship.

October 4 – Britney Spears thanks the #FreeBritney movement for its support.

Nov 2 – Britney Spears’ attorney files court documents seeking to question Jamie Spears under oath about how the pop singer’s money was spent during the guardianship.

November 12 – The Los Angeles court will hold a hearing to discuss whether to end the guardianship.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant and Lisa Richwine, editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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