Britney Spears’ famous head shave in 2007, in particular, was a response to the feeling that everyone wanted a piece of her.
At that time, the 25-year-old was in the middle of her divorce from Kevin Federline and the subsequent custody battle for her young sons Sean and Jayden . As a result, the pop star, who was no stranger to life in the spotlight, was under scrutiny more than ever.
“I was watched a lot growing up,” the now 41-year-old wrote in an excerpt from her memoir The Woman in Me, which she made available to people. People had looked down on me, people had told me what they thought of my body since I was a teenager. Shaving my head and acting were my way of reacting.
In the months following the haircut, Britney continued to make headlines with various seemingly erratic behaviors, including attacking a van with paparazzi with an umbrella, running to pharmacies in the middle of the night, and locking herself in her bathroom with her 16-month-old son Jaden in January 2008. The authorities were eventually called and she was admitted to a hospital with a psychiatric hold, and a month later Jamie Spears was temporarily transferred guardianship over Britney, which would last for 13 years.
In his memoirs, is to be published in October. 24, the toxic singer describes the multiple effects of guardianship on her life.
“Under guardianship, they made it clear to me that those days were over,” he wrote. I had to grow my hair and get back in shape. I had to go to bed early and take all the medications I was told.
And this controlled lifestyle influenced Britney’s creativity. I did creative little things here and there, but my heart was out of it, she explained. My passion for singing and dancing was almost a joke back then. Thirteen years passed by feeling like a shadow of myself.
E! Messages reached the representatives of Jamie Spears through the conservatory and did not receive a response.
Britney’s guardianship finally ended in November 2021 after a months-long legal dispute. It was a court case that caught the nation’s attention when her followers cheered her on outside the Los Angeles courthouse and #FreeBritney went viral on social media.
And it is this public support to which the Grammy winner owes that she helped her case.
# FreeBritney movement…I have no words…thanks to you and your constant resilience to free me from mine conservatorship…My life is moving in this direction now!!!!! she tweeted at the time. Last night I cried for two hours because my fans are the best and I know that.