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Britney Spears Conservatorship Wins Court Battle In Free Britney Movement(12/22/19) Britney Spears and company mean business when anyone insinuates her conservatorship is secretly harming her ... because her people just nailed a hater with a big, fat injunction.
Britney's dad, Jamie, just got the order, prohibiting a guy named Anthony Elia from talking smack about the conservatorship. As we reported, Elia created the "Absolute Britney" blog suggesting Jamie and his team were manipulating Britney's Instagram account to make it look like she needs help when she did not ... in other words to make it look like she needs a conservatorship.
Elia went so far as to call the treatment of Britney "a human rights violation." What especially enraged Jamie ... that Elia says he came to the conclusion on a "gut feeling."
Jamie and his lawyer, Larry Stein, claimed this is defamation, pure and simple, and went to court to muzzle Elia.
The judge saw it Jamie's way and ordered Elia to immediately stop his claims ... especially those suggesting the conservatorship is harming Britney.
One of the reasons for the injunction ... the blog triggered a number of death threats against the folks involved in the conservatorship ... some of which cops took seriously.
Britney Spears celebrates 38th birthday with boyfriend Sam Asghari in Miami(12/4/19) Britney Spears and boyfriend Sam Asghari broke the ice for her 38th birthday.
The couple went ice skating on Monday at The Basement inside The Edition hotel in Miami, where Art Basel celebrations are currently underway.
Asghari, 25, wrote a sweet tribute to his girlfriend of three years, saying, “We live, we laugh, we argue, and most of all we LOVE. There’s a reason why the world fell in love with you! You might be the princess of pop but mostly you’re my princess.”
The fitness model and actor also shared a video of him falling on the ice rink, and referenced Spears’ 2008 song from her “Blackout” album.
“My Ass still hurts from falling and breaking the ice. you get it? #breaktheice,” he wrote.
Spears shared on her Instagram that the couple also enjoyed bowling inside the South Beach venue, as well as a trip to the beach.
“It’s my Bday Bitches,” she captioned the post, adding a few shocked face and tongue out emojis.
Vanessa Hudgens commented, “Happy birthday love!!” and longtime pal Mario Lopez added, “HBD!”
Britney Spears’ breakdown: Bodyguards took bribes, father saved her life, insiders claim(11/3/19) Britney Spears’ 2007 breakdown may have been even worse than anyone knew.
In a new documentary, “Britney Spears – Breaking Point,” airing Sunday night, insiders reveal that Spears, now 37, may have had her life in danger — and the people who were paid to protect her safety may have accepted bribes from paparazzi in exchange for access to the singer.
Esther Tognozzi owns the Los Angeles salon where the “Toxic” singer infamously shaved her head in February 2007. In the special, Tognozzi revealed that one of the two bodyguards who’d accompanied Spears to the salon repeatedly opened the blinds to let the horde of photographers outside the shop snap pictures of Spears buzzing off her own hair.
According to Tognozzi, Spears arrived at the salon around closing time. “We were cleaning up and there was a bunch of flashing outside lights and we were wondering, ‘Uh oh, what happened, police, ambulance?’ We looked out and it’s a bunch of white lights flashing and somebody knocked on the door because we always keep the door locked saying: ‘Hey, open the door, Britney Spears wants to come in,'” she recalled.
“And of course, I said: ‘What for?’ And they proceeded to come in, she sat on my chair, I said, ‘What’s up, can I help you?’ She said, ‘I want to shave my hair off.'”
Tognozzi says she tried to talk Spears out of the stunt to no avail. “I said, ‘No, you don’t,’ [and] she said, ‘Oh yes, I do.'”
“She had two bodyguards, supposedly keeping an eye out to make sure the paparazzi were not getting any pictures and one of them kept opening the blinds,” Tognozzi told the The Daily Mail.
“I had blinds at the side of the salon back then. I had a sliding glass door and I kept saying, ‘There’s nobody over there, why do you keep opening up the blinds?’ Well, I found out days later why he was opening the blind because a photographer was hiding there to take pictures,” she added.
“I tried to talk her out of it and I said, ‘You don’t want to do that, tomorrow is a different day, you’ll feel differently tomorrow, let’s talk about it.’”
Tognozzi says while the Spears circus went on, she was also fielding calls from her own brother, who she’d been slated to meet with before Spears sauntered in. When Tognozzi went to take a call, she says, “By the time I came back to her she had grabbed a buzzer and she was testing to see how it was going to feel or look to buzz her hair.”
She continued, “My phone rang again so, as I’m answering my phone I realize she went into that other room, sat in that chair and buzzed half her hair off.”
Tognozzi says she tried to help Spears “fix” the situation atop her head but that Spears didn’t want to change a thing once she shaved her head. She also claims that Spears was happy with her shaved head and recalls the singer saying, “My mom is going to be p—ed.”
Meanwhile, dance studio boss Robert Baker told The Mirror that Spears’ father, Jamie, is likely the reason the singer is still alive today following her psychiatric episodes.
“I’ve known Britney since 1998. I saw her at the height of her fame and saw her struggling when things got tough,” Baker recalled.
“She was spiraling out of control. She was going through the worst time of her life and needed help. Her dad stepped in and gave her the help she needed. If he hadn’t, things could have been very different. I don’t think she would still be with us today.”
In recent months, there has been increasing personal turmoil between Britney and Jamie, as well as her ex-husband (father of her sons Sean and Jayden) Kevin Federline.
Federline obtained a restraining order against Jamie on behalf of himself, Sean and Jayden, after Jamie allegedly put his hands on Sean.
A law enforcement source claimed that Sean allegedly “felt unsafe” and locked himself in a room after an argument with Jamie, but that Jamie managed to break in and allegedly “shook” the boy.
Britney reportedly removed her sons from her father’s home and informed Kevin of the incident. Jamie reportedly won’t be charged in the incident.
Federline recently agreed to 70 percent custody of the children compared to Spears’ 30; they previously shared 50-50 custody.
Britney filed for divorce from the former dancer in November 2006. The split was settled in March 2007. For a while, Kevin maintained custody of the children until Britney stabilized after her widely publicized breakdown.
Jamie served as the pop star’s conservator since 2008, but stepped down after the alleged altercation with Britney’s son, requesting that the singer’s care manager, Jodi Montgomery, step in for him temporarily.
Montgomery will reportedly fill the role until Jan. 31, 2020, at which point it’s speculated that Jamie will try to renew the role.
This past April, she checked into a mental health facility, reportedly due to the stress of her father’s illness. Britney slammed reports that she was committed against her will before she left treatment at the end of that month.
In May, a judge in Britney’s conservatorship case ordered a 730 expert evaluation, a process usually used to determine the mental health and competence of a parent in a divorce case. It was not clear for whom the evaluation was planned.
In May, Britney’s longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, claimed that the pop star’s medications had stopped working around the time that her father fell ill.
Britney Spears Conservatorship Remains with Jamie(9/22/19) Jamie Spears withstood a fierce challenge by ex-wife Lynne Spears in the conservatorship battle over Britney ... TMZ has learned.
Sources with knowledge of Wednesday's court hearing tell TMZ, Lynne wanted Jamie out as conservator, but the judge rejected her claims. Lynne felt Jamie had done a poor job ... something she's been saying since the Free Britney movement last spring.
The judge decided Jamie should continue on as conservator of Britney's estate, meaning all of her business affairs. As we reported, Jamie has temporarily bowed out of handling the other part of the conservatorship -- taking care of Britney, her medical needs and so on. The case manager Jamie hired -- Jodi Montgomery -- has been appointed conservator until January, and that's when Jamie will retake the reins. He is still taking care of all of her business affairs.
Jamie has said he's temporarily stepping down because of medical issues, but we know another reason is that there's currently a restraining order that prohibits him from having any contact with Britney's kids -- this after he allegedly put his hands on 14-year-old Sean.
There are a few complications. We're told Britney hasn't spoken to Jamie since last month when the incident went down between him and Sean. Several sources say they actually weren't speaking even before that.
And, there's this. Several sources say Britney is not doing well. As one source put it, "She goes through cycles, and hopefully we're at the bottom now." We posted this video Friday of Britney at an awards ceremony for boyfriend Sam, and she was so uncomfortable she beelined it for the car before even walking into the event.
One more thing about Jamie ... people who have been around him and Britney are almost unanimous -- were it not for Jamie stepping in 12 years ago, Britney probably would not have survived.
Britney Spears Expected In Court For Conservatorship Battle(9/18/19) Britney Spears is expected to show up in court Wednesday for a conservatorship battle that multiple sources have described as "a fireworks show."
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ ... Britney's mom, Lynne, will ask the judge to terminate Jamie as Britney's conservator. Currently, Britney's care manager, Jodi Montgomery, is the temporary conservator per Jamie's wishes, and he's expected to retake the reins on January 20. But, we're told Lynne thinks Jamie is no longer fit to continue in that role.
A critical piece of evidence is expected to be unveiled during the hearing -- the report by a court-appointed evaluator who spent months gathering evidence on the care Britney has received. The evaluator looked at Britney's primary doctor, Dr. Timothy Benson, who died unexpectedly on August 24, suddenly at age 48. We're told the evaluator put Dr. Benson and Jamie under a microscope, but so far it appears only the judge knows what's in the report.
The good news for Jamie ... the D.A. just rejected a child abuse case against him for the August 24 altercation he had with Britney's eldest son, 14-year-old Sean.
The bad news for Jamie ... he's still under a restraining order that prohibits him from having any contact with either of Britney's 2 children.
And, there's more bad news for Jamie ... we're told Britney's furious at him over his confrontation with Sean where he allegedly laid hands on him. Our sources say Britney hasn't spoken to Jamie since the incident. And, we're told there's a "strong likelihood" Britney will show up in court and support Lynne, with whom she's gotten close with over the last 6 months.
But, there's this ... we're told Lynne will not ask to become Britney's conservator. We know Lynne did not object to Jodi Montgomery as the temporary conservator, but we don't know how she would feel about making it permanent.
Someone involved in the case tells TMZ, there will be "major surprises" in court.
Britney Spears' Father Cleared of Alleged Abuse of Grandson(9/18/19) Britney Spears' father will not face criminal charges after Kevin Federline accused him of abusing Britney's 13-year-old son.
The Ventura County District Attorney's Office says they found insufficient evidence to charge Jamie Spears after investigating Kevin's claim Jamie had roughed up Sean.
You'll recall ... Kevin alleged to cops Jamie broke down a door on August 24 to get to his grandson and grabbed him by his arms. The Sheriff's Dept. investigated and turned over its findings to the D.A.'s Office.
A lot's changed in Britney's world since Kevin made the allegation. While he was under investigation, Jamie said he needed to step aside from some of his duties as Britney's conservator. He filed docs to put Brit's care manager, Jodi Montgomery, the temporary conservator until at least January 2020.
Jamie said he needed to make the change due to his personal health issues -- but clearly the fact Kevin got a restraining order forcing Jamie to stay away from Britney's children ... would also hamper his duties to care for her.
Jamie remains the conservator over Britney's finances, but Jodi is in charge of medical and personal decisions regarding Britney's care.
Jamie Spears Still Britney's Estate Conservator(9/11/19) It's been widely, widely reported Jamie Spears is temporarily out as Britney's conservator, but we've learned that's not entirely true.
Sources with direct knowledge tell us Jamie is still ensconced as the conservator of Britney's estate, meaning he has total control over her investments, business deals, check-writing, etc, etc ... all things money.
What Jamie temporarily relinquished -- the conservatorship over Britney's "person." Yep, there are actually 2 conservatorships -- one for the estate and one for the person. The latter is taking care of Britney, making sure she gets proper medical care and on and on.
Jamie said he was relinquishing temporary control because of a medical condition. We've learned he's having ankle surgery that will bench him for 10 weeks. It's undeniable, however, that there was a big problem ... Jamie is prohibited from having any contact with Britney's kids after he allegedly put his hands on 13-year-old Sean.
The judge in the conservatorship case will get a critical report next week from a court-appointed evaluator who will determine if Jamie and the team have done a good job.
Britney Spears' New Temporary Conservator Confirmed in Court(9/10/19) Britney Spears now has a new temporary conservator ... and, as expected, it's Jodi Montgomery.
The appointment was made official Monday in an L.A. courtroom where a judge appointed Jodi after Britney's father, Jamie Spears, formally requested to relinquish his powers of conservatorship due to personal health reasons. As we first reported ... Jamie filed the docs last week to step down at least through January 20, 2020 -- and handpicked Jodi, Brit's care manager, to be his replacement, temporarily.
We know no one involved opposed Jodi's appointment, but the bigger issue will come within the next week ... once a court appointed evaluator files a report about Britney's care and medications she was given. TMZ broke the story ... Dr. Timothy Benson -- who was responsible for her treatment -- died from an aneurysm.
The evaluation could be critical of Jamie's stewardship and, if so, could open the door for Kevin Federline and/or Lynne Spears to launch a challenge to Jamie returning to the conservatorship.
As you know, Jamie is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly getting physical with Britney's 13-year-old son, Sean.
Jamie's asking the judge to give Montgomery the same powers he has, including:
1. The power to restrict or limit visitors by any means.
2. The power to retain caretakers and security for Britney on a 24-hour basis.
3. The power to prosecute civil harassment restraining orders.
4. The power to communicate with expert medical personnel regarding Britney and to have full access to her medical and psychiatric records.
Monday in court, the judge appointed Jodi conservator until January 31, 2020, at which point Jamie could presumably return ... barring a challenge.
Britney Spears’ dad Jamie steps down as conservator amid abuse allegations(9/7/19) Britney Spears’ father is stepping down as her conservator after he was accused of abusing her oldest son with ex-husband Kevin Federline, RadarOnline.com can confirm.
In court papers obtained from Los Angeles Superior Court, Jamie is requesting Jodi Montgomery be made the temporary conservator of his daughter until Jan. 20, 2020.
He is seeking to temporarily relinquish the powers of conservatorship due to “personal health reasons.”
Montgomery is an “experienced professional fiduciary with the ability, experience and support resources, to take on these obligations during this time.” He claimed in the Friday filing that she has been the care manager for Spears for a year.
The temporary conservator “shall have the power to restrict and limit visitors by any means, provided that the temporary conservator shall not prevent the conservatee from meeting with her court-appointed attorney, Mr. Ingham.”
The conservator shall also have the power to retain caretakers for the conservatee on a 24 hour/7 day basis, prosecute civil harassment restraining orders that the conservator deems appropriate, communicate with treating and other expert medical personnel regarding the conservatee, and to have access to any and all records regarding the singer’s medical treatment, diagnosis and testing, as well as psychiatric treatment, diagnosis and testing.
Montgomery has consented to act as temporary conservator of Spears.
Jamie is asking for a hearing to be held on Monday morning.
The filing comes after Spears’ ex-husband filed a police report against Jamie, claiming he abused their oldest son Sean Preston during an Aug. 24 incident.
The District Attorney is reviewing the case, but no charges have been filed yet.
Federline was granted a temporary restraining order. Jamie is forbidden from seeing Sean Preston, 13, and Jayden, 12, for three years.
Spears, 37, reportedly took the boys from her father following the altercation and brought them to Federline’s home.
As Radar reported, Federline, 41, was granted 70% of time with their sons, while she has the remaining 30% on Aug. 28.
According to reports, their previous agreement was 50/50 custody.
“She is very angry at her father,” a source told Radar. “Because Jamie is her conservator, she lost time with her boys after the (alleged abuse) incident and she blames him.”
Britney’s dad Jamie, who has been dealing with medical issues, has been in charge of her conservatorship ever since she suffered a mental breakdown in 2007.
She checked into a mental wellness centre in April 2019 amid her father’s health crisis.
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline Make Child Custody Change(9/3/19) Britney Spears and Kevin Federline are making changes to their child custody arrangement official in court docs.
TMZ has learned that they have formally agreed Kevin will gets custody of their 2 boys 70% of the time. We're told this has actually been the arrangement since August of last year but wanted to see how it worked before formalizing it -- and they made it official last week in docs filed on Aug. 28.
This is a shift from the previous agreement where they each had 50-50 custody. It's been that way ever since Britney stabilized following her mental health struggles that began in 2007.
Sources with knowledge tell us under the new arrangement Britney's 30% custodial rights with 12-year-old Jayden and 13-year-old Sean are not supervised.
TMZ has been reporting ... Britney has struggled over the past year with her mental health, in no small part because the medicines she was taking for her mental health condition stopped working. She entered a facility earlier this year to stabilize herself ... however, our sources say doctors were having trouble finding the right mix of medications.
Britney's been out and about in public, but privately ... we're told she still struggles to get back on an even keel. Her career remains on ice while she tries to get better.
Britney Spears made 80 trips to Target last year(8/13/19) If you’re looking for Britney Spears, you can probably find her at her local Target.
According to financial documents filed in her conservatorship case that were obtained by The Blast, the pop star, 37, may be worth multiple millions — but she still loves a bargain.
In the paperwork, the “Toxic” singer’s total assets at the end of 2018 were valued at $59,079,755.76, thanks in large part to an impressive portfolio that includes investment accounts, mutual funds and trusts. Despite her annual expenditures, Spears came out $2.5 million ahead of where she was at the end of 2017.
And while she spent most of 2018 on her “Piece of Me” tour, which ran from July to October, she did find time to make over 80 different trips to her beloved big box store.
She also made a number of trips to Ralphs and Home Depot, spending just over $66,000 on household supplies.
By far the Grammy winner’s biggest expenditure, however, are the fees she’s required to pay to her conservators and case management advisors, which total over $1 million — including $128,000 which goes to her father, Jamie Spears.
Britney Spears sparks engagement rumors(7/24/19) Is Britney Spears engaged?
The 37-year-old pop star sparked rumors she and boyfriend Sam Asghari are headed down the aisle after she appeared at the “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” premiere Monday night wearing a diamond ring on her left hand.
Spears paired the sparkler with a red Nookie midi dress that retails for $219, a matching diamond necklace and stud earrings.
Spears and Asghari, 25, shared photos of the pair at the event on Instagram, but did not address the massive rock on Spears’ hand.
Reps for the couple could not immediately be reached for comment.
Spears and Asghari have been dating since late 2016 after meeting on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video, and appear to be going strong despite her recent mental health struggles.
Prior to dating Asghari, Spears said on a segment of “Carpool Karaoke” on the “Late Late Show with James Corden” that it was unlikely that she would ever remarry.
“I may French kiss someone one,” she said. “But I’m not going to marry anyone, no. I don’t believe in marriage anymore.”
In 2004, Spears briefly wed childhood friend Jason Alexander, but the marriage was annulled after 55 hours. She was then married to Kevin Federline from 2004 to 2007, with whom she shares two sons, Sean, 13, and Jayden, 12.
Britney Spears’ conservatorship sues blogger for defamation(6/27/19) The conservatorship that oversees Britney Spears’ personal life and career sued the creator of a blog devoted to the pop superstar Wednesday in an increasingly aggressive effort to push back against the so-called “Free Britney” movement, which alleges the singer is being controlled against her will.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles alleges that Anthony Elia, who runs the website Absolute Britney, has falsely claimed the court-ordered conservatorship has manipulated Spears’ Instagram account to make her appear more troubled and in need of help than she actually is.
“It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears’ well-being and the mob #FreeBritney movement to stop,” the lawsuit states in its opening line.
Elia’s blog and its social media accounts have played a key role in the “Free Britney” phenomenon, a group of fans who say on social media and in public protests that the singer is being controlled against her will by her father Jaime, who serves as her conservator, and that she is surreptitiously seeking help to free herself.
The suit alleges that Elia “has made it his mission to spread false and malicious lies on the internet about Britney, her conservatorship and her team, including that those around Britney are harming her and not acting in her best interests.”
A message sent through the blog and an email seeking comment from Elia were not immediately returned.
The suit comes two weeks after the conservatorship for similar reasons sought and received a five-year restraining order against Spears’ former manager Sam Lutfi. It prohibits him from trying to undermine the conservatorship by contacting members of the Spears family or writing disparaging posts on social media.
A conservatorship, known in some states as a guardianship, is normally reserved for those who are severely debilitated. One was established for Spears 11 years ago during her very public meltdown and has been kept in place ever since. The arrangement has increasingly come under attack from fans, who have grown especially loud about it in recent months.
Spears has offered little public comment on the conservatorship. At her request, she addressed the judge who oversees it in court last month. The hearing was closed and it’s not clear what Spears said, but the judge ordered a court review of her situation before another hearing in September.
The suit focuses on a June 14 Absolute Britney Instagram post that alleges the conservatorship was seeking to manipulate Britney Spears’ Instagram account.
“Britney’s team is deleting positive comments on her Instagram post and leaving negative ones to keep up the illusion that she needs help!” the post says. “This has to be a human rights violation!!!!”
The post, which the suit calls “false and defamatory,” was discussed by bigger blogs and some media outlets. Elia shared some of those reports.
The suit seeks unspecified damages and a court injunction permanently prohibiting Elia from spreading information on the subject.
Spears’ has put her career on hold for most of the year.
In January she postponed a planned Las Vegas residency indefinitely to be with her father, who was hospitalized after a serious surgery.
And in April she announced in an Instagram post that she was taking time off to focus on self-care.
Britney Spears Gets Permanent Restraining Order Against Sam Lutfi(6/14/19) Britney Spears' former manager, Sam Lutfi, poses a serious enough threat to her and her family that a judge is now extending a court order for him to keep away from her.
A judge granted the permanent restraining order against Lutfi Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court. While Lutfi was there, Britney was not -- her father and lawyers were speaking on her behalf.
In the end, the judge sided with Britney's camp and decided they needed the protection. Lutfi has to stay at least 200 yards away from Britney, her family, refrain from reaching out to them and refrain from making disparaging comments about Brit.
TMZ broke the story ... Britney went to court seeking a temporary restraining order last month, claiming that Lutfi was attempting to harass her by getting in touch with her mom and stirring up the "Free Britney" movement, which wants her out of her conservatorship.
It's unclear if Britney fully wants out herself, but she has expressed a desire for more freedoms that she currently doesn't have ... like owning a smartphone, for example.
Either way, Britney claimed in court docs that Lutfi offered $1,000 cash to her mom, Lynne, to "disrupt and take over" the conservatorship process, which Brit's dad, Jamie Spears, oversees. She also alleged Lutfi threatened to release old items of hers from when he managed her in the 2000s.
A judge felt enough of a threat existed at the time to give Brit protection for the time being. Now, the permanent restraining order will be in effect for the next 5 years.
Britney Spears' family seeks renewed order barring ex-friend(5/29/19) A Los Angeles judge will consider whether to extend a temporary restraining order Tuesday that keeps a former associate of Britney Spears away from her and her family.
Sam Lutfi, 44, a onetime Spears confidante who has said he once acted as the pop star’s manager, was ordered on May 8 to stay at least 200 yards (183 metres) from Spears, her parents and her two sons, and to refrain from contacting or disparaging them. The order could be extended on Tuesday afternoon. Spears, 37, is unlikely to appear.
Lutfi was a major presence in Spears’ life at the height of her fame, leading up to her public meltdown in 2008.
The petition Spears’ attorneys filed for the order alleged Lutfi had been sending harassing and threatening texts to Spears’ family and disparaging them on social media.
Lutfi’s attorney Marc Gans said the restraining order if overly broad and violates his client’s civil rights. Gans said he and Lutfi looked forward to fighting the order at the hearing.
It’s the second time the family has received a restraining order against Lutfi, who has been in legal battles with them for a decade. He sued them in 2009, alleging Britney Spears had breached a contract with him, her father punched him and her mother defamed him in a memoir. The suit was settled in 2016.
The petition for the latest restraining order alleged that Lutfi’s “unjustified interference in her life” threatens Spears’ “safety and well-being” and have caused her “severe mental trauma” at a time when stress and the poor health of her father have prompted her to put her career on hold indefinitely.
It also alleges that Lutfi has sought to undermine the conservatorship that for 11 years has kept her affairs almost entirely under the control of her father.
The status means a judge is unlikely to require Spears to appear at Tuesday’s hearing.
Conservatorships, known in many states as guardianships, are normally reserved for people with conditions far more severe than Spears, including those with dementia or in a coma.
But judges have allowed the arrangement to remain in place far longer than was expected when it was first imposed at a moment of crisis for Spears.
There have been signs the arrangement may change.
Spears made a rare appearance earlier this month at a status hearing on the conservatorship in a Los Angeles courtroom, along with father Jamie and mother Lynne. The courtroom was cleared and only those involved know what the three said, but a judge subsequently ordered an examination of the circumstances by a court official.
Jamie Spears, who has reportedly been in poor health though no specifics have been made public, earlier this week notified the court that he is seeking to extend the conservatorship from California to Louisiana, Hawaii and Florida.
Britney Spears' Dad Extends Conservatorship to Hawaii, Florida and Louisiana(5/23/19) Britney Spears' dad is taking no chances ... he's just filed legal docs stating his intention to make his conservatorship over his daughter valid in 3 key states.
According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jamie Spears is giving notice to the California judge who has been handling Britney's 11-year-plus conservatorship that he intends to file the docs declaring him conservator in Florida, Louisiana and Hawaii.
We're told Britney has no plans to visit the 3 states in the immediate future, but our sources say Jamie knows what's up and believes there are people out there in social media pulling the strings in the "Free Britney" movement who might attempt to wrestle her away if she leaves California.
Our sources say in the next 2 hours Jamie will file his conservatorship docs in the 3 states. We're told these are the 3 states that Britney likes to visit.
Britney Spears Says She Will Be Performing Again(5/18/19) Britney Spears says you can't keep her down, because she'll be on a stage ... and maybe soon.
Britney Spears was out in Thousand Oaks Friday with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari at a Disney store and a Gap outlet, when the photog asked her if she'll be performing soon. Britney said, "Of course.
It's interesting, because Thursday she posted video of her dancing in fierce fashion. It looks like it might be old video, because there's a vid from a while back where she's wearing the same stuff, but our sources say it was indeed shot yesterday.
The implication ... she's physically fit to do her thing. TMZ broke the story, her longtime manager Larry Rudolph said he hadn't heard from her in months, and it was her decision on when and whether to perform again. If the call is made, Rudolph said he'd give his advice, but it's Britney's decision.
She also sent a message to her fans.
Britney Spears May Never Perform Again, Manager Larry Rudolph Says(5/15/19) Britney Spears is not going back to Vegas for another residency ... not in the near future, and maybe never, TMZ has learned.
Our sources tell us Britney is not in mental or physical shape to resume rehearsals for the series of shows, which were supposed to kick off back in February.
Britney's longtime manager, Larry Rudolph, tells TMZ, "As the person who guides her career -- based on the information I and all of the professionals who work with her are being told on a need-to-know basis -- from what I have gathered it's clear to me she should not be going back to do this Vegas residency, not in the near future and possibly never again."
Rudolph is not involved in Britney's conservatorship -- never has been -- and he is only given medical information that directly impacts Britney's career. He says Britney was 2/3 of the way through rehearsals for the reboot when her dad got ill late last year.
As Rudolph put it, "It was the perfect storm. We had to pull her show because her meds stopped working and she was distraught over her dad's illness." The residency, which was supposed to kick off February 13, was put on ice.
Rudolph tells us it's always been up to Britney when she wanted to work and when she didn't. He said, "Last summer, when she wanted to tour, she called me every day. She was excited. She hasn't called me in months. Crickets. She clearly doesn't want to perform now."
As for the future, Rudolph says, "I don't want her to work again 'till she's ready, physically, mentally and passionately. If that time never comes again it will never come again. I have no desire or ability to make her work again. I am only here for her when she wants to work. And, if she ever does want to work again, I'm here to tell her if it's a good idea or a bad idea."
Britney Spears Now Part of 'Free Britney' Movement(5/13/19) Britney Spears has joined the social media movement to free her from her conservatorship, and she told the judge as much Friday when she was in court.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Britney has done an about-face, now telling the judge her father, Jamie Spears, committed her to a mental health facility a month ago against her will and also forced her to take drugs. We're also told Lynne Spears' lawyer echoed the allegation.
TMZ broke the story, Britney spent 30 days at an L.A. mental health facility after she began rapidly going downhill ... she stopped taking the drugs that kept her stable after they stopped working and doctors still have been unable to find the right combination.
As we reported, Jamie Spears does not have the power under the conservatorship to either commit Britney against her will or to ply her with drugs against her will. A mental health facility that accepted an adult patient against that patient's will when the conservator did not have such power would be committing a crime. And remember, Britney frequently left the place and was seen out and about.
Britney wants more freedom and asked the judge for certain adjustments ... but didn't get them. Sources tell us Britney would like to end the conservatorship, which has been operating for 11-plus years.
The judge took no action and has ordered an expert to evaluate Britney and until that happens there will be no change in the conservatorship ... but it has clearly created a family war.
Britney Spears Judge Orders Expert Evaluation(5/11/19) Britney and her parents agreed on one thing during the hearing. According to court docs, the judge ordered an expert evaluation.
The documents don't specify what the expert will be evaluating, but in conservatorship cases, it often involves a mental examination of the conservatee ... in this case, Britney. However, the judge says the parameters of that evaluation will be set by Jamie Spears and a court-appointed lawyer.
Additionally, we're told Britney asked the judge to allow her certain freedoms -- things she's not able to do under the conservatorship -- but the judge did not grant any of her requests.
The court's decision highlights what we've been reporting ... Britney's not doing well after her 30-day stay in a mental health facility.
Britney Spears Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager Sam Lutfi(5/9/19) A judge just granted the restraining order ... Lutfi must stay 200 yards away from the singer and her family and must not make any disparaging statements about Spears.
In court docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Lutfi claims he hasn't made any direct contact with Britney since 2009. However, he says he recently contacted Lynne through phone calls and "non-confrontational" texts. Lutfi also says he offered Lynne financial assistance if she decided she wanted to challenge the conservatorship in court, but insists he wasn't trying to bribe her.
In the docs, Lutfi says Britney disparaged him by making negative comments about him in a recent Instagram video.
Britney Spears Files for Restraining Order Against Ex-Manager Sam Lutfi(5/7/19) Britney Spears' mental health is at risk and it's all because her ex-manager, Sam Lutfi -- with whom she has a dark past -- is harassing her, her parents, and stirring up her fans ... this according to new legal docs.
Britney's requesting protection from Lutfi -- she filed for a restraining order against him Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court. According to the docs, obtained by TMZ, Lutfi's been firing off texts to Britney's mother, Lynne Spears, and posting "disparaging and threatening comments" on social media -- which include calling for the public to "raise hell" to free Britney.
Translation: He's the one instigating followers of the #freebritney movement.
In docs, Brit's lawyers say Lutfi sent Lynne a text last week, calling her out for not getting involved in Britney's conservatorship and decisions about the singer's mental health treatment. In a completely bizarre move, they claim Lutfi offered Lynne $1,000 to "disrupt and take over" the conservatorship. Lynne refused the money.
Lutfi has also threatened to release "trunks" of old personal items of Brit's from when he was her manager in the early 2000s ... according to the docs. The Spears family has long blamed Lutfi for taking Brit down the bad path that ended with her 2008 mental breakdown.
Brit's lawyers say Lutfi's recent activity has a negative effect on her. As they put it, his "vigilante action, bribes and release of private information" is a clear attempt to derail the actions of the conservatorship.
They say the restraining order is needed to "prevent future harm and further psychological trauma."
If granted, Lutfi would have to stay 200 yards away from Britney, Lynne and Jamie Spears ... as well Brit's kids, her boyfriend and her sister. Also, he would be banned from all contact -- by phone, text or email -- with them.
Britney Spears in Dire Shape According to Mother Lynne(5/7/19) Britney Spears is in dire straits and a judge needs to protect her ... this according to Lynne Spears, who's acting quickly to make sure her own lawyer can argue her cause.
Lynne has filed new court docs, asking a judge to let her attorney appear at a court hearing Friday in Britney's conservatorship case. At the hearing, Lynne will ask the judge to order Britney's dad to include her in her daughter's treatment plan.
Jamie Spears is Britney's conservator and we know there is an extreme conflict between the 2 parents. Lynne is not asking to become a co-conservator with Jamie ... but she clearly has beef with him over the way Britney is being managed.
Lynne's lawyer says it is in Britney's best interest for her to have a voice in the situation.
As we reported, Britney is not doing well after her 30-day stay at a mental health facility. As we told you, her meds stopped working and doctors have been unable to find the right combination of drugs. As one source said, "Britney is making bad decisions and it's a problem."
Jamie has been trying to provide structure and discipline, and we're told the conflict is that he believes Lynne is way too permissive and just wants Britney to like her.
Britney Spears May Be Using Mother Lynne to Gain Freedom During Dark Period(5/7/19) Britney Spears is in bad shape -- her meds aren't working right and she's not nearly fully recovered from her relapse that landed her in a mental health facility -- and now to make matters worse, we're told she's "playing" her mom to give her more freedom to make decisions.
As we reported, Britney's mom, Lynne Spears, is going to court Friday ... asking the judge who presides over her conservatorship to force Brit's conservator, Jamie Spears, to download her on the medical decisions he's making.
Lynne has never been part of the conservatorship. She used to be extremely close to Britney, but when Britney and Justin Timberlake broke up back in 2002, the singer cut her mom out of her life. Their relationship has been spotty ever since ... we're told Lynne hadn't seen Britney for around a year.
We're told Lynne is upset over reports that Jamie had Britney committed to the mental facility and forced drugs on her -- both not true. Jamie's conservatorship doesn't give him that power. But, Lynne has heard the "Free Britney" chant and has now made her move.
Our sources say Jamie is alarmed Britney is using Lynne to get more freedom, during a period where her judgment is extremely bad. She's not allowed to drive with her phone -- security stopped her after she was caught texting and driving a week ago. Security takes her phone when she takes the wheel. By the way ... Britney doesn't have a smartphone -- only a flip phone -- because of what she might do if she has access to the internet.
Britney wants more freedom, and we're told she is using Lynne to get her way. There has been a long-standing conflict between Lynne and Jamie. We're told Lynne is deferential to Britney, while Jamie is walking a tightrope ... trying to give Britney freedom, but understanding too much freedom can trigger the type of episode that almost killed Britney in 2008.
Our sources say Jamie has confided in friends if Britney goes off the rails she could lose custody of her kids ... and quickly.
The showdown is set for Friday in court when Lynne will ask a judge for access to medical info. She's staying with Britney and we're told it's possible Britney will show up for the hearing.
Britney Spears Reunites with Her Kids But Many Unresolved Mental Health Issues(4/27/19) Britney Spears will have a big reunion today ... with her kids.
Britney and Kevin Federline have joint custody of 13-year-old Sean and 12-year-old Jayden. The arrangement has been that she gets them 3 days, he gets them 3 days, she gets them 3 days, he gets them 3 days, and so on.
Britney has had less than the agreed-upon 50/50 custody for several months leading up to her stay at the mental health facility. While she was doing poorly, the kids would visit, but Kevin had the kids most of the time.
So, Britney begins her 3 days with the kids today, but there's still significant concern about her mental state. Our sources say the 30-day stay at a mental health facility -- which ended Wednesday -- put her in a better place, but there are still issues with her judgment, and it goes beyond medication.
As we reported, doctors continue to struggle, trying to find the right combination of meds to stabilize Britney. The meds she had been taking lost their efficacy, and creating a new cocktail is fraught with problems. Britney had stopped taking the new meds earlier this year when they were doing more harm than good.
We're told progress is being made, but there's another big unresolved factor. The meds will stabilize her, but there are more fundamental mental health issues that go to judgment and perspective, and that requires intensive therapy ... something she has been and will continue to receive.
Short story ... she's doing better, but she's not right, at least not yet. It's something her dad, Jamie, has been dealing with for nearly a dozen years as her conservator, trying to give her the space she needs to live her life, and at the same time steer her away from disaster.
Britney Spears Leaves Mental Health Facility, Driven Home by Boyfriend(4/26/19) Spears is back home after a 30-day stay in a mental health facility, but as we've told you ... she still has a ways to go for a full recovery.
Brit was spotted leaving the facility Thursday after being picked up by her boyfriend, Sam Asghari. We're told another vehicle carrying what appeared to be Britney's luggage and belongings followed closely behind, and they caravanned to her home in Thousand Oaks.
We broke the story ... Spears checked herself out of the facility, but she's still dealing with a big unresolved issue with her meds. Doctors are still working on the right formula for her, but call it "a work in progress." Translation ... she's still not right because the meds are off, but they're making progress.The good news, according to our sources, is Britney's doing much better than when she checked in last month to get her head right ... despite the photos of her over the weekend that shows something's still off. We're told it's now all about getting the meds right.
As we reported, Britney started having major issues when she became distraught over her father's health issues.
The complications with her meds made things worse, but she made progress over the course of the 30 days and is doing okay now.
Britney Spears to Be Released But Her Meds Are Still a Problem(4/26/19) Britney Spears will be checking herself out of the mental health facility where she's been for 30 days -- as early as today -- but we've learned she's still dealing with a big, unresolved issue ... her meds.
Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ, Britney's mental state is much better than it was when she checked in. As we reported, the singer was distraught over an illness her dad was battling ... made exponentially worse by the fact the meds she'd been taking for her mental illness stopped working.
Doctors were trying to find a new combo of meds, but they couldn't get the mixture right and it was doing Britney more harm than good ... to the point she stopped taking them.
Our sources say doctors still haven't figured out the right formula and call it, "a work in progress."
The sources are quick to say, Britney did NOT check into the facility to get her meds right ... it was to get her head straight. We're told she's doing "a lot better" in that department, but the doctors continue to work on the cocktail of meds.
A lot of people commented on the pic of Britney with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, on Easter Sunday, where she looked a little off. Our sources acknowledge, she's still having difficulty, but nonetheless is in a better head space.
We're told she could leave the mental health facility as early as today but definitely by week's end ... and she's almost certainly going home. Doctors will continue to work with her on getting the medicines right.
Short story ... mental illness is difficult, but she's doing okay.
Britney Spears ‘allowed outings,’ steps out of treatment for fro-yo(4/24/19) Britney Spears left the treatment center where she is seeking help for her mental health again, because she is “allowed outings,” a source told Page Six.
On Tuesday, the 37-year-old pop star was seen wearing a white dress and matching sunglasses as she stopped by Go Greek Yogurt in Santa Monica, California, around 4 p.m.
This is the second time she has been spotted out in public since sources confirmed she checked herself into a mental health facility.
On Easter Sunday, Spears was photographed with boyfriend Sam Asghari outside the Montage hotel in Beverly Hills. A source previously told us she was allowed to join Asghari for a “day trip,” and it appears she does not have to be confined to the wellness center until her treatment is over. The source said Spears has not been permanently released.
After getting frozen yogurt on Tuesday, the “Toxic” singer insisted she is doing fine on Instagram.
“I wanted to say hi, because things that are being said have just gotten out of control!!! Wow!!!” Spears wrote in the caption. “There’s rumors, death threats to my family and my team, and just so many things, crazy things being said.”
In the post, Spears also accused her ex Sam Lufti of writing fake emails under her name.
“He was pretending to be me and communicating with my team with a fake email address,” she alleged. “My situation is unique, but I promise I’m doing what’s best at this moment.”
On Wednesday, Lufti responded to Spears’ claims in a tweet, saying in part, “I can equivocally state that I never wrote nor I had access to her email. Her team’s desperate attempt to deflect negative attention onto me (yet again) is a rather ineffective way to overshadow the FreeBritney movement.”
The #FreeBritney movement is a social media campaign started by Britney’s fans, who believe she is being held at the mental health facility against her will.
Meanwhile, Asghari, who has been dating Spears for over two years, has assured concerned fans the pop star is “doing amazing.”
Spears also shared a workout video showing she is also focusing on her physical health, saying, “Who knew stress would be a great 5 pound weight loss. Yay for me.”
Britney Spears' Medications Triggered Her Mental Health Crisis(4/23/19) Britney Spears is at the tail end of her 30-day stay at a mental health facility ... and we've learned more about how she landed there in the first place.
As we reported, Britney has had a rough time dealing with her dad's recent illness. Jamie and Britney are super close -- he's been her conservator for nearly a dozen years -- and his health battles have taken a big toll on her.
We're told at the same time, Britney's doctors were adjusting her meds which had lost their efficacy. Britney's mental health issues were stabilized with a cocktail of medicines that were designed specifically her. Over time, those meds were increasingly ineffective and doctors needed to create a new cocktail.
We're told there were problems. First, they had to wean Britney off the existing meds. This cannot be done quickly and there's a risk of suicide if it's not done right -- it's that serious.
As doctors weaned her off the meds, they created a new cocktail, but it's all trial and error, and there were errors that made Britney unstable and ultimately unwilling to cooperate with doctors.
She was admitted to the mental health facility and we're told doctors think they've now found the right mixture of drugs.
Britney got a day pass Sunday to spend time with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, in Bev Hills. She went back to the facility the same day.
One other thing ... there have been reports the conservatorship has forced meds on Britney against her will. Not true. The conservatorship Britney is under does not permit the conservator to force drugs on the person for whom the conservatorship was created.
On that note, there have also been reports Jamie Spears forced Britney into the mental health facility. The type of conservatorship Britney has -- through the probate court -- does not allow a conservator to force someone into a mental health facility.
What's more, we're told Jamie is adamant -- he did not want his daughter to go to the facility because he thought it would leak out to the media and he felt there were better ways of solving her problems. We're told Britney is the one who said she wanted to go.
Sony Pictures Wins Screen Rights To Britney Spears Song-Filled Musical ‘Once Upon a One More Time’(4/23/19) Sony Pictures has won an auction for screen rights to the Broadway-bound Once Upon a One More Time, a fairy tale fueled by the hit songs of Britney Spears. The stage version world premieres this fall at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in Chicago, before heading to Broadway next year.
John Davis’ Davis Entertainment will produce the film along with Spears and her manager Larry Rudolph.
In Once Upon a One More Time, Cinderella, Snow White and the other fairy tale princesses gather for their book club when a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, spurring a royal revelation. The musical features such Spears hits as Oops I Did It Again, Lucky, Circus and Toxic. The musical features an original book by Jon Hartmere and is directed by Rock Of Ages‘ Kristin Hanggi with choreography by Keone and Mari Madrid (Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself).
While studios are looking for the next Bohemian Rhapsody, the musical is likened more than anything to Mamma Mia! for its screen potential.
CAA brokered the deal.
Britney Spears' BF Says She's 'Doing Amazing' Through Mental Health Crisis(4/23/19) Britney Spears' boyfriend has an update on her condition, and strongly insinuates ... it's time for her loyal fans to stand down on claims she's being held against her will or exploited.
We got Britney's bae, Sam Asghari, out in Los Angeles Tuesday and asked him the question that's on everyone's minds ... how's she holding up? He says she's doing "amazing," but then directly addressed the allegations many fans have been making since finding out Britney is in a mental health facility.
Sam made it clear, he's thankful Britney's fans are so concerned -- but also insisted there's no reason for it.
TMZ broke the story ... Britney checked herself into a mental health facility last month, and she's at the tail end of what we're told would be a 30-day stay. She got a day pass from the facility on Easter Sunday, and spent her time hanging with Sam in Bev Hills.
The trigger for Brit checking herself into the facility, as we first told you ... was her medicine. We're told doctors were adjusting the cocktail of meds Britney takes. The reality is it's a trial and error process to find the right combination -- and while she was dealing with that she also had to cope with her dad's recent illness.
Fans may or may not choose to buy what Sam's selling here, but he's certainly painting the most positive picture possible.
Britney Spears Checks into Mental Health Facility, Distraught Over Dad(4/3/19) Britney Spears has been admitted to a mental health facility ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected to Britney tell TMZ she has been distraught over her dad's illness ... something we're told is quite serious and not getting better.
Jamie Spears has now had 2 surgeries to correct major issues with his intestines and colon. The second surgery was recent but he's been suffering complications. Jamie's issues started late last year after his colon spontaneously ruptured.
As you know, Britney put her Vegas residency on hold to care for her dad, and we're told she's been having a really hard time. Britney posted a photo with the words, "Fall in love with taking care of yourself, mind, body, spirit" along with the caption, "We all need to take a little time for a little 'me time.'"
Our sources say Britney checked herself into the facility about a week ago where she will live for 30 days.
It was back in November when Spears announced her Las Vegas show, Britney: Domination, would be put on ice to deal with her dad's health issues ... saying, "A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalized and almost died. We're all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time."
As TMZ reported, Britney has been under a conservatorship since 2008 for issues relatied to her mental health.
As for how her dad's illness is affecting her ... remember, Jamie saved Britney's life by stepping in back in 2007 when he said he feared he would wake up one morning and get a call from the coroner.
Britney Spears and The Weeknd collaborate on a new musical(1/26/19) O happy dagger, Britney Spears is doing Shakespeare!
Well, sorta: She’s Swedish songwriter Max Martin’s longtime muse — and their musical collaborations get top billing in his new musical “& Juliet,” which is inspired by William Shakespeare’s doomed teen lovergirl from “Romeo & Juliet.”
Featured show tunes include Brit Brit’s “Oops… I Did It Again” and The Weeknd’s “I Can’t Feel My Face,” the BBC reports. The production is set to premiere at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in November.
But wherefore art thou Romeo? Spoiler alert: He got cut from the show.
The plot of “& Juliet” flips the script with a “Sex and the City” twist: The Bard’s legendary lovelorn lady decides not to kill herself at the play’s climax — and instead escapes to Paris with the Nurse and the rest of her gal pal posse.
Here’s the official hype: “[This] irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? This is Juliet’s story now. So don’t tell her how it ends…”
Miriam Teak-Leewill, an ensemble member in the West End cast of “Hamilton,” is set to take on the title role. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster beginning February 11.
BTW: This isn’t Spears’ first flirtation with musical theater: the pop superstar and Natalie Portman both understudied Laura Bell Bundy (“Legally Blonde: The Musical”) in 1992’s “Ruthless!,” an off-Broadway cult hit about a homicidal wannabe child star.
After an eight-month run, 11-year-old Spears decided treading the boards was toxic. “Even though the part was fun, the process of doing the same thing night after night wasn’t,” she wrote in her 2000 memoir, “Britney Spears’ Heart to Heart.”
Here’s hoping this Vegas vet considers making a full-blown return to legitimate theater when “& Juliet” makes its seemingly inevitable Broadway bow. (Don’t laugh — she used to be a belter.)
Britney Spears celebrates 20 years since release of Baby One More Time album(1/14/19) Britney Spears is feeling “blessed” as she celebrates 20 years since the release of her debut album, Baby One More Time.
The 37-year-old took to Instagram on Saturday to mark the milestone, and in the post, also thanked her fans for all of their support over the decades.
“Can you believe that this album was released 20 years ago today??!! I can’t,” she wrote alongside a picture of the album’s cover. “It’s definitely been the journey of a lifetime, full of ups and downs, but I’m grateful for every single moment of it all. Getting to know you all over the years has been such an incredible experience, and has made this all worth it.”
Baby One More Time was a huge success upon its debut in January 1999, and included Britney’s hits Sometimes, (You Drive Me) Crazy, Born to Make You Happy, and the title track, which was the singer’s debut single.
“Thank you for your support from 20 years ago, all the way to today. I am blessed #20yearsofbritney,” the star concluded.
Britney is currently on an indefinite work hiatus and is focused on spending time with her family.
The Toxic hitmaker had been preparing for her second Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Domination, which was due to run at the new Park MGM resort from February to August, but she announced earlier this month that she was cancelling the concerts.
Explaining the reason for her decision, the mother-of-two revealed that her father Jamie was hospitalized and “almost died.”
“I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand,” Britney said in a statement.
Her representatives later explained that Jamie, who also serves as his daughter’s conservator, suffered a ruptured colon in late 2018, and underwent emergency surgery, which led to a lengthy stay in Las Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital.
Britney Spears Puts Las Vegas Residency On Hold To Care For Ill Father(1/5/19) Britney Spears has announced she’s taking an indefinite work hiatus to care for her father, Jamie Spears, who is recuperating from a “recent life-threatening illness,” according to the singer’s team.
Spears’ new show “Britney: Domination” had been scheduled to launch at Park MGM in Las Vegas on February 13, with plans for a two-year run. She previously performed a four-year residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.
Two months ago, Jamie Spears was hospitalized with a ruptured colon and underwent surgery. After a post-operative period, he was sent home, where he is currently and is expected to make a full recovery.
“I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family. We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me,” Spears said in her official statement on Friday. “Thank you to all my fans for your continued love and support during this time. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and I look forward to the time when I can be back on stage performing for all of you.”
Britney has both a close personal and professional relationship with her father. Jamie Spears has been her legal guardian under the terms of a conservatorship since she was hospitalized back in 2008.
Katy Perry named 2018’s highest-paid female artist(11/22/18) Forbes’ annual ranking of the best-paid women in music is out this week, and the name atop this year’s list is Katy Perry — who pulled in $83 million between June 2017 and July 2018, beating out Taylor Swift (who netted $80 million) and Beyoncé ($60 million), according to pretax earnings sourced from Nielsen, insider interviews and the magazine’s own estimates.
One might assume that this cool stack of cash comes from Perry’s fifth album “Witness,” which came out in June 2017. But though the album debuted at Number One on the Billboard200chart, it dropped to Number 13 within a week and ceded the crown to other albums at a similar pace on other countries’ charts, selling, in the end, around 840,000 copies worldwide. By comparison, Taylor Swift’s “Reputation,” released in November 2017, has sold 4.5 million copies. So why did Perry make more money?
The bulk of Perry’s earnings actually came from concerts — specifically, “Witness: The Tour,” which ran for 80 dates and grossed around $1 million a night, according to Forbes. And then there was her spot as a judge on ABC’s reboot of “American Idol,” which has been estimated to have brought her between $20 million to $25 million. (Not everyone at ABC was happy with the hefty price tag for the addition of her name to the program, particularly the other judges who got “a hell of a lot less” because of it.) The payouts from both of these projects well eclipse the money that Perry made from sales and streams of her actual album.
It’s another insight into how artists today are, increasingly, turning to non-music avenues for money — whether live events, guest appearances on shows, books or brand partnerships — as those avenues prove much more lucrative than recording and releasing songs alone. On the fan side, there’s more than enough demand for it. Forbes notes that most of the dates from Swift’s “Reputation” stadium tour and Beyoncé’s “On the Run II” tour with Jay-Z fell outside of the scoring period, meaning we’ll see the bumps from those massive tours in those artists’ numbers next year.
The full list of this year’s highest-earning female artists is below.
1. Katy Perry ($83 million)
Britney Spears ordered to give dad and legal team a raise for keeping her away from drugs(11/14/18) Britney Spears is giving her dad and her legal team a hefty raise after they argued that they kept her safe and away from drugs in the last few years, RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.
The Pop Princess’ conservatorship attorneys appeared in the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 were a judge granted their petitions to give raises to her team.
“The petition – allowance of fees filed on 10/15/18 by Petitioner Andrew M. Wallet is granted,” the minute order obtained by Radar stated.
Wallet, who is the co-conservator to Spears’ estate, argued that because he essentially saved the singer and her Trust from financial ruin, he should be compensated to the tune of $426,000.
In the October 15, 2018 court documents obtained by Radar, Wallet argued he had managed 36-year-old Spears’ finances and various business dealings for more than a decade and was instrumental in bringing “stability and leadership” to the singer’s various ventures.
He noted he kept “literally hundreds of people” in check — vendors, drivers, dancers, hair stylists, performers and many others — many whom could allegedly “bring financial disaster by providing illegal substances to the Conservatee.”
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, and her second attorney, Samuel Ingham were also granted their “allowance of fees,” according to documents exclusively obtained by Radar.
“By way of example, and not by way of limitation, at the planning stages of the Circus Tour, the Declarant instructed entertainment counsel to spread the risk of the Conservatee failing to fulfill her duties on tour because of some third party providing illegal substances,” Wallet claimed in his Oct. 15 declaration. “The financial stakes were high, and failure was not an option.”
Wallet said the same temptations continued in Spears’ Las Vegas residency. Wallet also argued since he was brought on as co-conservator, Spears’ estate has increased to the value of $20 million.
At the beginning of the conservatorship, the estate was nearly out of fund and cash equivalents,” Wallet said in the affidavit. “The estate and person of the conservative were in total chaos with tremendous liabilities. The problems were of epic proportions over a period of years. Extraordinary skills have been employed by all in order to achieve the results enjoyed at the present time. Petitioner has had many months at a time where all of his professional time was spent in services rendered exclusively to the conservative.”
The petition to “seal” the affidavit requested by Jamie Spears was also granted, according to the documents obtained by Radar.
Britney Spears' New Las Vegas Show Will Have Urban, Hip-Hop Feel(10/21/18) Britney Spears is going urban, street and hip-hop ... that's what we're being told by the folks who are creating her 2.0 Vegas concert residency.
Britney announced Thursday she was making a return to the Las Vegas Strip to bring back her hugely successful residency.
Sources involved in the show's production tell us ... the new show will look and feel fundamentally different from her 'Piece of Me' residency at Planet Hollywood.
The new show -- at MGM Park -- will have "an urban, street, hip-hop vibe" that will be reflected in the music, wardrobe, choreography, backup dancers and set design.
And there's more ... as one production source put it, the stage will have "bleeding edge technology." And, we're told, they've hired 2 creative directors who developed J Lo's successful Vegas residency.
Britney will not be going all N.W.A. ... she'll still perform all her hits, but there will be mixes in between songs and a significant dose of hip-hop.
Brit knows her show has to be bigger and better than before, and we're told she's psyched.
It better be good ... she's raking in around half a mil for each performance.
Britney Spears’ co-conservator claims he protected her from succumbing to drugs(10/19/18) The man in charge of Britney Spears’ estate has revealed a shocking bombshell about the star. According to documents obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com, he not only kept the pop star’s various investments afloat, but also protected her from succumbing to drugs and other temptations during her Las Vegas residency.
Attorney Andrew Wallet, who is the co-conservator to Spears’ estate, argued that because he essentially saved Spears and her Trust from financial ruin, he should be compensated to the tune of $426,000 a year.
“By way of example, and not by way of limitation, at the planning stages of the Circus Tour, the Declarant instructed entertainment counsel to spread the risk of the Conservatee failing to fulfill her duties on tour because of some third party providing illegal substances,” Wallet added in his declaration. “The financial stakes were high, and failure was not an option.”Wallet said the same temptations continued in Spears’ Las Vegas residency. Wallet also argued since he was brought on as co-conservator, Spears’ estate has increased to the value of $20 million.
“At the beginning of the conservatorship, the estate was nearly out of fund and cash equivalents,” Wallet said in the affidavit. “The estate and person of the conservative were in total chaos with tremendous liabilities. The problems were of epic proportions over a period of years. Extraordinary skills have been employed by all in order to achieve the results enjoyed at the present time. Petitioner has had many months at a time where all of his professional time was spent in services rendered exclusively to the conservative.”
Wallet also asked the judge for an order to seal the pleadings related to his compensation.
Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears have ‘Mickey Mouse Club’ reunion(10/12/18) (Photo) Ryan Gosling is reliving his past.
The 37-year-old star ran into fellow “Mickey Mouse Club” alum Britney Spears backstage when he stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to film an episode that aired Friday.
“Neither one of us could remember [when we last saw each other] which I think is a sign that it’s been a while,” he said to DeGeneres.
However, Gosling can still remember his first impressions of Spears, along with another notable “MMC” alum, Christina Aguilera.
“I remember when we first got to the show, they had all of the kids perform for one another, and I remember Christina Aguilera and then Britney performing,” he recalled. “I remember thinking ohhh OK so, they are like, freakishly talented.”
And Gosling’s talent? “I just said, ‘I’m Canadian!'”
Earlier this year, Spears told ET Online she would love to have a “Mickey Mouse Club” reunion.
“It was a really good time,” the 36-year-old songstress told Nancy O’Dell in July. “It was a great time. It was probably one of the most special times in my life.”
Britney Spears puts on British accent at London show(8/26/18) (Video) Oops, she did it again.
Britney Spears hit fans with a fake English accent one more time during a show at London’s O2 Arena Friday.
The 36-year-old pop star jokingly used her British brogue to see which lucky fans were screaming the loudest during Friday’s stop on the “Britney Spears: Piece of Me” tour.
Trying to pump up the crowd, Spears exclaimed in “English” about one side’s screams: “What the hell is wrong with you? You’ve got to do better than that! Let’s try it again! Jesus Christ.”
Britney also used the playful parlance at another show in Dubin on Monday.
Spears infamously used a fake English accent during spats with paparazzi during a tumultuous personal time about a decade ago. She was eventually hospitalized and her career has since rebounded.
She’s apparently been practicing it for a while — the singer also used her fake accent in both a radio interview and a TV prank in 2013.
Britney Spears: Racy style in 'Toxic' is my favourite look(8/8/18) Britney Spears has rated her iconic look in video Toxic as her favourite from her career.
As well as producing a selection of beloved tunes, Britney has assumed a number of racy personas in her music videos from the Catholic schoolgirl in …Baby One More Time, to the air hostess turned leather-clad siren in Toxic, and the statement red catsuit in Oops!… I Did It Again, Britney has never been afraid to play with fashion and beauty.
“I like it when I change it up and there’s no specific character, you know? When there’s a bunch of different characters involved,” she explained in an interview with British Vogue. “I think one character is kind of boring and that’s what most people do for videos and stuff like that. So I think ‘Toxic’ is one of my favourite looks because it was like a superhero and imagination type thing. There were so many superheroes she turned into, kind of like a superwoman.”
As well as her impressive musical legacy, the pop star has also had a lasting influence on the beauty industry thanks to the scores of fragrances she’s released since 2004, including Curious and Fantasy. Britney has recently unveiled her latest perfume named Prerogative, a neutral gender-free scent which she describes as “something different” and “empowering.”
The 36-year-old also shared details behind her make-up regime, revealing that “Less is more” is her day-to-day mantra, and detailed her unexpected skincare saviour.
“I’m all about a good astringent toner before I put my moisturizer on. I can’t just put moisturizer on – I have breakouts because I work out,” she said. “I don’t actually get zits or acne, I just get these red marks where it’s, like, about to break out and it shows up like a rash on the side of my face. So I like for it to feel like zingy clean with astringent.”
Britney Spears' dad offers Kevin Federline more child support: report(7/28/18) Britney Spears’ father has reportedly offered her ex-husband Kevin Federline more child support in an effort to end the former couple’s legal battle.
The former couple shares joint custody of sons Sean, 12, and 11-year-old Jayden, and earlier this year, the 40-year-old filed court papers hoping to double his monthly $20,000 child support payments.
He argued his income had drastically decreased in the decade since they last amended the financial details of their agreement, while the Toxic hitmaker’s fortune has been boosted significantly thanks to her Las Vegas residency, which reportedly earned her $475,000 per show until it wrapped at the end of 2017.
Attorneys for the exes headed to court on Friday, when Britney’s legal representative made it clear she is not prepared to hand over extra funds to Federline, because the money should be more than enough to live comfortably for the time their kids spend with their dad.
The Blast later reported that Britney’s dad, Jamie Spears, recently reached out to Kevin privately and offered an additional $10,000 per month, in an effort to end the bitter legal battle.
However, the ex-dancer’s legal team is reportedly reluctant to let their client accept the deal, and wants him to hold out for a much higher offer.
During the hearing on Friday, Britney’s attorneys also requested to delay the case to allow them extra time to gather further financial documents from officials overseeing her ongoing conservatorship, a move Federline’s representative challenged.
Britney has been under a legal conservatorship since her highly-publicized breakdown in 2007, when her father Jamie was put in charge of the singer’s finances.
Britney Spears’ team keeping her away from alcohol(7/26/18) While Demi Lovato’s upcoming live dates have been canceled following the star’s relapse and suspected overdose on Tuesday — Page Six has learned that Britney Spears’ team has been taking no chances backstage on her current tour by strictly banning booze.
A source told us that at Spears’ Radio City Music Hall shows on Monday and Tuesday, “Britney’s team set strict guidelines that no alcohol at all could be served backstage, because they want to keep it away from her, and also many of her dancers are underage.”
The source added, “Apparently this is the policy throughout her tour.”
It was reported before the tour kicked off that Spears would also have “advance people” removing any alcohol from hotel rooms where she’d stay, and that her team would “ensure no shady characters get anywhere near her,” reported column Straight Shuter.
Spears has reportedly been sober for some time, after an infamous 2007 public breakdown. A source told Page Six last year of the performer, “She’s in a Britney bubble. She’s healthy; she just celebrated another year of sobriety.”
There have been reports this year that a successful summer tour, including the Radio City gigs, could bring her a step closer to ending the conservatorship father Jamie Spears has over her.
Spears — who performed her show “Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas 248 times over four years — is now taking her successful residency on the road, touring through August with stops in London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin and Oslo. This fall, she’s scheduled to play the 2018 US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, a night after Bruno Mars.
Said the Hollywood Reporter in a review of her Radio City shows, “For Spears’ fans — who have shown support throughout her triumphs and missteps, both professional and personal — seeing their idol happy and thriving is all they need.”
Spears’ rep did not comment.
29th GLAAD Media Award Winners(4/12/18) Vanguard Award: Britney Spears [presented by Ricky Martin]
Kevin Federline rejects Britney Spears’ child support offer(3/20/18) Britney Spears‘ ex-husband Kevin Federline is reportedly not satisfied with the amount of money Spears and her team have offered him for child support.
A source told Us Weekly that the former backup dancer for Spears has “flatly rejected” her proposal and now wants to take his request for more money to court.
“Kevin truly wanted to try and settle the child support payment increase without getting the courts involved out of respect for Britney, and of course, their two sons,” the source told Us Weekly.
But, according to the source, when Federline was sent the proposal that was offered to him by Spears’ team, the father of Jayden and Preston came to the decision that the child support dilemma may need to be resolved in court.
“Jamie and Britney Spears sent a response to Kevin’s request for an increase to his child support payments to his lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan. Kevin has flatly rejected it,” the source said.
Federline is now reportedly asking for “a once yearly income and expense declaration from Britney including most recent tax returns filed” and is looking to come up with a new number based on those requests.
Spears, whose Las Vegas “Pieces of Me” show residency brought in more than $137 million, has proved to be extremely successful in the past four years since the opening of her Vegas residency.
More than a decade after her infamous meltdown, the iconic pop star has been working hard on her career and has recently announced a world tour, which she will embark on in July. Following her tour, she will return to Vegas to continue her residency.
As Spears’ career continues to flourish, Federline’s request for more child support money comes at a time when his ex-wife is more than financially secure.
But despite the security, Spears is not only reportedly annoyed with Federline’s request — a source close to the 36-year-old singer added that the child support finance battle has taken a toll on her.
“This is causing Britney a tremendous amount of stress [because] Kevin does indeed have full physical and legal custody of the boys. She just wants this resolved as quickly as possible,” the source said.
“The cause for concern is that Kevin is given an increase this time, what is going to stop him from coming back the next time Britney signs another big deal, wanting a piece of that?”
Kevin Federline reportedly seeks more child support from Britney Spears(2/23/18) Kevin Federline reportedly wants to re-examine his child support arrangement with ex-wife Britney Spears following her recent success.
According to The Blast, Federline, who shares two sons Sean, 12, and Jayden, 11, with the Toxic singer, sent a letter via his attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan on Thursday, which asked for the discussion surrounding how much he gets from Spears in child support each month to be revisited.
The website reports that Spears currently gives her ex, to whom she was married between 2004 and 2007, a cheque for $20,000 each month, which was based on a percentage of her income at the time the deal was arranged. However, now that Spears has enjoyed huge success in recent years, including her Las Vegas residency which saw her take home $475,000 per show and make a staggering $15 million per year, Federline is requesting more in child support.
“Kevin feels that he has been very supportive of his ex-wife over the years – during the lows and during the highs with the resurgence of her career – and has always made it a priority to accommodate her schedule, even travelling to shows so she could see the kids,” a source told the outlet.
The letter didn’t indicate how much more Federline is looking for, but indicated he is looking for a large increase, The Blast added. He is also said to be hoping to arrange a new deal with Spears over private discussions, rather than hashing everything out in public.
Spears has yet to respond to Federline’s letter.
Britney Spears to be honored with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award(2/13/18) Britney Spears will have to make room for another award on her mantel.
The pop star, 36, will be honored at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards for her years of support for the LGBTQ community, the organization announced Tuesday morning.
At the awards show, GLAAD will present Spears with its Vanguard Award, “which is presented to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people.”
“An irrefutable icon, Britney Spears has entertained the world while also embodying the spirit of GLAAD’s Vanguard Award by speaking out on significant issues that face her fans – from the Dream Act to anti-transgender bills in Texas,” said the organization’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis. “She is a force in the music world who has used her global platform to share messages of love and acceptance, something that the world needs today more than ever.”
Past winners of the Vanguard Award include Jennifer Lopez, Kerry Washington and Antonio Banderas.
The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards will be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton on Thursday, April 12.
Britney Spears signs a new Las Vegas residency deal(1/13/18) Britney Spears has reportedly signed a deal for a new Las Vegas residency in 2019 just weeks after completing her last run in the city.
The 36-year-old pop star is said to be returning to the stage for a brand new residency at Las Vegas’ Park Theater, inside the Monte Carlo resort, shortly after Lady Gaga completes her residency there.
According to Us Weekly, the star has become accustomed to staying in one area, allowing her more family time with her two sons, Preston, 12, and Jayden, 11.
The source said: “They are really trying to compete with some of the more established venues in Las Vegas.
“They made the offer and she just couldn’t refuse. She loves Vegas!”
It appears that 2018 could be a phenomenal year for the star, who has been spending time in Hawaii after rounding up a four-year residency at the end of 2017.
The “Toxic” hitmaker ended her residency with a show-stopping, sexually charged performance involving over nine costume changes.
The superstar delighted fans with her final gig at the AXIS, Planet Hollywood, as she cavorted about in a variety of sexy lingerie-style get-ups — with her trademark wireless microphone in pride of place.
Original pop icon Spears certainly set the bar high for the next big star to be getting a Vegas residency — Lady Gaga.
She is also rumored to have gotten engaged to her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, 23, after being spotted sporting a diamond sparkler.
The singer and Asghari have been dating for over a year after meeting on the set of her “Slumber Party” music video back in November 2016.
Spears has kept relatively quiet about the romance but previously opened up about how they first started dating after being stuck together while waiting around on a video shoot.
Describing their meeting, she told E! News: “We were forced to talk to each other. He doesn’t really know me as a person, and I have no idea who the hell he is, and we were just talking.”
She continued: “I kept his number, and it was so weird because it was like five months later that I found his number in my bag.
“I was like ‘he was really cute. This guy was really cute’ so then I called him. He is just a really fun, funny person’.”
Brit has been marred twice before — once for just 55 hours to Jason Allen Alexander and a second time to dancer Kevin Federline, with whom she has her sons Sean Preston and Jayden.
Britney Spears to perform on New Year’s Eve(12/21/17) Britney Spears will give Vegas one last piece of her before the ball drops.
On Thursday, the pop princess announced she will perform on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” as her Sin City residency comes to a close.
“Going to be ending 2017 with the last #PieceOfMe show ever and a special performance on @rockineve!!” Spears, 36, posted on Instagram. “Tune in to ABC on 12/31 starting at 8/7c to watch!! #BRITNEYxRockinEve.”
Spears is expected to perform “Toxic” and “Work Bitch” from inside the AXIS auditorium at the Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas, her first New Year Eve’s set since 2002, per Billboard.
The star-studded festivities, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, will also include performances from Nick Jonas, Camila Cabello and Sugarland.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” kicks off Sunday, Dec. 31, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Fake Britney Spears Manager Swindles RCA Records(12/1/17) Someone crook pretended to be Britney Spears' manager and got her record label to send a bunch of yet-to-be-released music ... TMZ has learned..
According to docs obtained by TMZ ... the suspect impersonated Larry Rudolph, Brit's longtime manager, and emailed RCA Records to ask for tracks that at the time were unreleased. The person went so far as to create email@example.com ... which is not Larry's actual email address.
Didn't matter ... RCA reps got duped and uploaded 49 digital files.
In all, law enforcement says the culprit nabbed 12 tracks intended for Britney's album, "Glory," which was released in August 2016 ... shortly after this caper.
Law enforcement obtained search warrants in October 2016 and June 2017 to search AOL and Microsoft records for the suspect's email account -- and they now have a suspect. They say he's an attorney who's studying intellectual property law at UCLA. There goes the Dean's List ... allegedly.
The case is still under investigation. We spoke to the suspect, and his attorney, and they say the authorities have the wrong guy.
Britney Spears sells painting, donates proceeds to Vegas shooting victims(11/9/17) (Video) She’s no Picasso — but Britney is back in the art biz.
Britney Spears sold a watercolor painting of flowers for $10,000 to Robin Leach and the cash will be donated to victims of the Las Vegas massacre.
The pop star posted an Instagram video last month of herself painting the multicolored piece of art on a palatial estate while listening to Mozart.
“Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!!” she wrote.
Spears donated the flower painting to the Vegas Cares benefit auction held at The Venetian last weekend.
“Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host Robin Leach auctioned the art for $10,000 to himself, according to the Las Vegas Journal Review.
Britney Spears Opens Children’s Cancer Foundation Campus in Vegas After Donating $1 Million(11/5/17) Britney Spears has officially left her mark in Las Vegas, and many children are bound to benefit from it.
On Saturday, the pop star attended the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation’s Britney Spears Campus, located just a few miles from where she performs her residency show. Through donations from ticket sales from her Planet Hollywood show, Spears donated $1 million dollars to make the campus happen.
“I’m just really excited to be standing here for our new NCCF campus,” Spears said before the ceremonial ribbon cutting. “We started fundraising in 2014 and we’ve raised $1 million to build this amazing facility to support the kids and the families everywhere. I’m so thankful to everyone for their generosity in making this a reality and making this happen.”
With wind whipping around her and her boyfriend Sam Asghari nearby, Spears listened on as local officials sang her praises at the opening.
“We can’t thank Britney enough being able to do this. Our dream for many, many years has been to be able to have one one building that all of our 45 programs can come together in one place. And that we are able to to today,” NCCF CEO Jeff Gordon said. “And that doesn’t happen without someone like Britney Spears.”
Through working with Spears and her team, he said, “We saw a side of Britney Spears that so many people maybe don’t have the opportunity to see. You realize what a special person Britney is. She’s an incredible performer, we know all that, but she does care and the more we’ve gotten to know her, the more grateful we’ve become to her, and the kids have adored her.”
Clark County Commission Steve Sisolak equated Spears’ $1 million donation to the generosity showed to the Las Vegas community after the Route 91 mass shooting on Oct. 1.
“Thirty-five days ago our community when through something that we will never forget. People around the world got to see a side of Vegas that they had never seen before. They saw the love that Las Vegas has,” he said. “Today is similar to that because until today people haven’t totally understood what Britney Spears has meant to this community. We’ve all seen her on stage, we’ve all seen her perform and what a phenomenal performer and entertainer she is, but what’s she’s doing today is another side of Britney that unfortunately most of us haven’t had the opportunity to see before.
He added, “What she is doing today, and continues to do, is going to benefit thousands of children that comes through this facility, and for that we are sincerely thankful and very, very appreciative.”
Britney Spears Sings ‘Something To Talk About’ Live in Response to Critics Slamming Her for Lip-SyncinBritney Spears strayed from her usual set list and gave her critics “something to talk about.”
The 35-year-old singer, decked out in a racy black ensemble, surprised the audience at her Piece of Me residency in Las Vegas on Saturday with a live rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “Something to Talk About.”
Before she began, she addressed the crowd by saying, “So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up and I was like, ‘There’s a lot of things going on in the world’ and stuff, but basically I looked and I was like, you know what, the press and the media my whole life … you know, it’s really crazy, one minute they tear you down and they’re really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, you know?”
“I’ve never really spoke about it, you know, and I’m a Southern girl. I’m from Louisiana,” the pop star continued as the audience cheered. “I’m from the South and I like to keep it real, so I want to just make sure I keep having you motherf—ers something to talk about, okay?”
In an interview with an Israeli TV show prior to her upcoming performance in Tel Aviv on July 3, Spears addressed the lip-syncing allegations when a reporter asked how much of her concerts are live.
“A lot of people think that I don’t sing live,” she said. “Usually, because I’m dancing so much, I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my a– out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it, you know?”
During a break in her Singapore concert in June, the Grammy winner stopped the show to wish her bodyguard Jacob a happy birthday with a live sing-along — as a dancer stood by with a birthday cake and sparkling candle.
Britney Spears is Drafting a New Will to Protect Her KidsBritney Spears is going back to the drawing board and redrafting her will ... all for the benefit of her 2 boys.
Britney's longtime conservators have filed legal docs asking for permission to change her will, which was drafted before she gave birth to Sean, now 11, and Jayden, now 10.
We've learned the current will simply provides ... when Britney dies her kids inherit her entire estate. Problem is ... they would get her entire fortune -- estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars -- when they turn 18. It's not wise to open the vault all at once to 18-year-olds.
Our sources say the new estate plan creates a trust for the kids, who will inherit her entire estate. But they will not have access to the entire fortune until they turn 35. The trust gives them limited access at 18, more access to the money at 25, but they won't get it all until they're eligible to run for President.
The trust also slashes the amount of inheritance tax the estate will have to pay.
The judge has to approve the change, but there shouldn't be any problem.
Britney Spears donates to Louisiana flood recoveryPop star Britney Spears is donating some of her Las Vegas show ticket sales to Louisiana schools for flood recovery.
The Kentwood, Louisiana native announced that $1 of every ticket sold through the end of the year will go to public schools in a partnership with the Louisiana School Boards Association.
The Advocate reports that association executive director Scott Richard says Spears’ contribution will go to a fund formed after last summer’s floods damaged several schools.
The initial money will focus on helping schools and teachers buy instructional materials.
Richard credited Louisiana first lady Donna Edwards with helping with the donation.
Spears’ mother Lynne and Edwards are friends. Both came from the same parish and previously were schoolteachers there.
Britney Spears Appears Shaken After a Fan Crashes Her Concert: "He's Got a Gun?"UPDATE: A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to E! News Thursday that 37-year-old Jesse Webb was arrested Aug. 9 for trespassing during Britney Spears' Piece of Me concert in Las Vegas. "Webb was asked to leave the concert by security prior to him jumping on stage and dancing," officer Larry Hadfield said. "Webb was transported to the Clark County Detention Center. There is no further information regarding this arrest."
After taking a summer vacation, Britney Spears returned to the stage in Las Vegas Wednesday, performing at the AXIS auditorium inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. After she sang "(You Drive Me) Crazy," a fan rushed the stage and attempted to get Spears' attention. "Are you guys having fun?" the pop star asked, unaware of the man's presence. Dancers blockaded the man as security guards surrounded Spears. "Is something OK?" she asked. "What's going on?"
Spears' knees buckled as she clutched one of her security guards and asked, "He's got a gun?"
The 35-year-old pop princess muted her microphone before being ushered backstage. Fans chanted support as Spears made a safe and swift exit. "We love you!" they said. "We love you!"
Meanwhile, the "I Wanna Go" singer's dancers were busy subduing the fan, who had performed a cartwheel—and kicked a security guard in the process. As he attempted to break free, her dancers pushed him to the ground until more security guards hopped on the stage to intervene.
Fans chanted "a--hole" as the man was being restrained.
The man was ejected from the theater, which seats 4,600 audience members. E! News has reached out to reps for Spears and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for additional comment.
Prior to the show, Spears tweeted, "Feels so good to be back in Vegas!!"
The "Make Me..." singer will return to the stage this Friday and Saturday.
Britney: Piece of Me, which debuted in December 2013, will end its four-year run on Dec. 31. "As I prepare to say goodbye to Piece of Me, I had no idea how magical this experience would be. Having my fans from around the world come see my show has been amazing," Spears told E! News in a statement four months ago. "I love Las Vegas and will miss performing this show."
Since its opening, Britney: Piece of Me has grossed over $100 million in ticket sales.
Britney Spears Slams Decades of Lip-sync Accusations: ‘It Really Pisses Me Off’(Video) Britney Spears is well aware of all the lip-sync claims slung her way over the years, and she’s over it.
In a new interview with an Israeli TV show prior to her performance in Tel Aviv on July 3, the pop diva did not hold back her thoughts.
“I’m glad you’re addressing this question because it’s really funny,” she said when a reporter asked how much of her Piece of Me tour concerts are live.
“A lot of people think that I don’t sing live. I usually, because I’m dancing so much, I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback. It really pisses me off because I am busting my ass out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me credit for it, you know?”
One of the more widely known instances of these allegations, of course, was the media “Circus” erupting over Spears’ infamous performance of “Gimme More” at the MTV VMAs in 2007.
Her latest comments on the matter come shortly after she was accused of lip-syncing during a performance on her pitstop in Japan, where video seemed to show her mouth out of sync with the words of the song after a microphone slip.
Similar claims persisted through her successful residency in Las Vegas. Her manager, Adam Leber, told Medium in 2014, “To put on the show that she puts on, it’s virtually impossible to sing the entire time and do what she does. She’s singing on every song, basically, when she has the ability to sing. There’s no way you can dance for 90 minutes straight and sing the entire time.”
Britney Spears honored as icon at Radio Disney Music AwardsAt its best, Disney is an incubator of new talent — a prep school for pop stars until they near adulthood and inevitably fly the coop. Radio Disney, with its flagship Los Angeles station and worldwide reach through the web, is an important cog in that machine. The network gives budding superstars a platform to share their music and connect with fans before finding a wider audience. And so it was rewarded with its own awards show, the Radio Disney Music Awards, now in its fifth year.
A fan-voted (283 million were cast, according to the network) exercise, the RDMAs fall somewhere between the Kids’ Choice Awards and the once dominant MTV Video Music Awards. Only more wholesome and with less sludge. At least, that’s what I thought as I took my seat at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night (April 29). It turns out the RDMAs are an entirely different proposition, both in tone and line-up.
This is a place where a Pomeranian with a social following is award eligible, an event where the Chainsmokers are cryptically referred to as TCS and the home of the Smile Cam. It’s also an arena to celebrate teen activism and acknowledge celebrity do-gooders. From the inflatable Mickey heads bouncing around the stage to glowing wristbands strapped to our wrists, this is about disseminating good vibes.
And what could be more smile-inducing than a tribute to Britney Spears? The pop diva was honored with Radio Disney’s first-ever Icon Award after sitting through an uneven medley of her greatest hits. Country darling Kelsea Ballerini kicked it off by strumming “Oops!…I Did It Again” on her guitar, while Hailee Steinfeld and Sofia Carson resorted to karaoke versions of “Circus” and “…Baby One More Time.” Jamie Lynn Spears made a surprise cameo for a snippet of “Till The World Ends,” before inviting her big sister on stage to collect her special “Ardy.”
“What a pleasant surprise, my goodness,” Spears gasped as fans excitedly chanted her name. “This is such an honor. I want to thank Radio Disney so much for giving me their first ever Icon Award… your support throughout my career has meant so much to me, all of my fans, as always, you are the freakin’ best.” She then thanked her children. “My two loves of my life, my sons Jaden and Preston, you’re the reason my heart beats. I love you so much.”
If you thought that was heartwarming, how about a song from “Moana,” the Mouse’s blockbuster about an independent, sea-faring maiden? The RDMAs brought together Disney heartthrob Jordan Fisher, voice actress Auli’i Cravalho, and Canadian pop star Alessia Cara for soaring rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” — performed against a projection of a sun-dappled ocean, while dancers circled around them with flags. If there was a peak Disney moment, this was it.
It wasn’t all cartoons and ballads, however. Steinfeld, a repeat performer, rocked a silver leotard and sweatpants while performing new single “Most Girls,” which segued into club collaboration “Starving.” And then there was Julia Michaels, who had to perform “Issues” twice due to technical issues. Given the emo-lyrics, it was a less organic fit but they managed to jazz it up with cute projections and an unnerving gaggle of interpretative dancers.
Noah Cyrus also tested the boundaries with a solo version of “Make Me (Cry),” which I’m assuming was remixed by Marshmello. That’s the only explanation I have for the sea of children wearing his trademark bucket over their heads. As far as the Disney divas go, the night belonged to Sabrina Carpenter. She delivered pop radio hit “Thumbs” with an easy sophistication that hints at a painless transition to more mature material.
Just when I thought I had the performers pegged as young women with perky pop songs, Radio Disney threw a couple of curve balls. Nineties stalwarts Train dished up their infuriatingly catchy “Play That Song,” 13-year-old “America’s Got Talent” winner Grace Vanderwaal served mini-Sia vibes with an acoustic rendition of “I Don’t Know My Name” and, most bizarrely, LA alt-pop outfit Fitz & The Tantrums closed the show up with “Hand Clap.”
While the RDMAs line-up is a little baffling, the event comes into its own when it celebrates good causes. Like the RDMA Hero Award, which was awarded to Nick Jonas for promoting awareness of type 1 diabetes. Equally impressive is the Heroes For Change Award — an honor bestowed upon teenagers Jocelyn Woods and Natalie Hampton for making a difference in their communities. Consider the feel-good quota fulfilled.
Britney Spears’ dad still controls her financesBritney Spears’ is leaving Las Vegas, with her residency coming to an end, but the conservatorship set up so her father has control over her life will continue indefinitely.
The singer announced her “Piece of Me” show will conclude in December after a four-year run. And while Britney is currently on vacation in Hawaii, her manager Larry Rudolph says she’s going on a tour and then will record another album. He’s not ruling out another Vegas show either.
Meanwhile, Britney remains under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears, set up after her mental breakdown in 2008.
One source told Page Six, “Britney just keeps working and working, and everybody around her gets paid. It’s astonishing how hard she works, how well behaved she is now, but she still cannot make decisions about her own finances or personal life without the approval of her conservators.” But Britney is “in the best place she’s ever been,” friends insist.
Last year, the New York Times reported that every purchase Britney makes is tracked in court documents to safeguard her fortune. She pays her dad $130,000 a year to manage her affairs, and her other conservator is lawyer Andrew M. Wallet.
Another source told us about the machine behind Britney, “It’s definitely not the end of her onstage. She will be back. As long as they play it smart, there’s money to be made.” Of the conservatorship, the source added, “It’s all creepy. It feels like she’s a walking zombie . . . She hits the stage. Everyone gets paid . . . Larry Rudolph is collecting his money.”
Another friend of Spears added, “Yes, she’s still under the conservatorship, but she’s happy because everything is taken care of for her. She’s in a Britney bubble. She’s healthy, she just celebrated another year of sobriety, and she’s dating a handsome guy, model and personal trainer Sam Ashgari.”
As for claims that her team is money hungry? “This is not accurate. She is great . . . has shows in Asia and Tel Aviv coming up and is very happy,” Spears’ rep said.
Britney Spears Announces Final Piece of Me Shows in Las VegasIt's the end of an era.
Britney Spears announced Monday that she's leaving Las Vegas. Her final performances at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will begin Sept. 3 and will end Dec. 31. "As I prepare to say goodbye to Piece of Me, I had no idea how magical this experience would be," the 35-year-old singer told E! News in a statement, adding, "Having my fans from around the world come see my show has been amazing. I love Las Vegas and will miss performing this show."
In an Instagram post, Spears added, "Saying goodbye to this show is going to be SO hard."
"When we first announced Britney: Piece of Me four years ago, we were certain that Britney's residency would revolutionize the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas, and are thrilled at how successful the show has been," Jason Gastwirth, senior vice president of Caesars Entertainment marketing and entertainment, said in a statement. "Caesars Entertainment has always led the evolution of Las Vegas entertainment. Britney's emergence in this market paved the way for other artists to make Las Vegas their home and as a result, the top entertainment destination in the world. We look forward to working together with Britney again in the future."
"Being named the best show in Las Vegas, among other accolades, Britney's residency marked a new era of entertainment as the city's first pop music resident artist," David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, told E! News in a statement. "We are delighted that Britney has called The AXIS at Planet Hollywood home for the last four years."
Since its opening in December 2013, the show has grossed over $100 million in ticket sales.
Tickets will go on sale to the public Friday, Apr. 14 at 10 a.m. PT.
Here is the list of the newly added dates:
• September 2017: 3
• October 2017: 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28
• November 2017: 1, 3, 4
• December 2017: 19, 27, 28, 30, 31
Tickets for the following previously announced performances are also on sale:
• May: 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
• August: 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
• September: 1, 2
Pre-sales are also available; visit Spears' website for more details.
Spears' contract ends in December. "We are done with this show, and our next move is undecided," the pop star's manager, Larry Rudolph, told The Las Vegas Review-Journal Friday. "We are still talking with Caesars Entertainment and other interested parties in Las Vegas." Rudolph added that the singer's next venue "could be conceivably anywhere," joking, "We could have it at the needle on the top of the Stratosphere, and do the bungee jump afterward."
It's possible Spears might stay in Sin City. "Anything is possible. We have made zero decisions. We expect a lot of interest from all parties. Britney basically sells out every show, and she loves Las Vegas, she loves performing in Vegas, and Vegas is a possibility going forward," he added. "She might tour, she might work on a new album. It's too early to talk specifics about anything."
Britney Spears Is Returning to Disney, More Than 20 Years After Her Time on The Mickey Mouse ClubBritney Spears is stepping back into the Disney spotlight in a big way!
It's been 23 years since she starred as a mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club, and now she's about to make a return at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards where she's being honored with the first-ever "Icon Award."
The award was created to recognize "a distinguished artist whose career transcends popular culture and whose music is loved by generations of Radio Disney fans," which Spears obviously has and continues to do.
Phil Guerini, the Vice President of Music Strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide and the General Manager of the Radio Disney Network couldn't help but praise Spears' influence on Disney fans.
"Having just celebrated 20 years of Radio Disney in 2016, we are excited to introduce the RDMA 'Icon' Award as special recognition of an artist whose music has been loved and adored by generations of Radio Disney fans," Guerini said. "We are proud to celebrate Britney as the first recipient for this award acknowledging her chart-topping career on Radio Disney since 1998."
In 2014, Spears took home the Radio Disney award for Best Song That Makes You Smile for "Ooh La La." The song was also nominated that year for Favorite Song From a Movie.
The Princess of Pop will accept her award on Saturday, April 29, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The show will be complete with performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara, Noah Cyrus, Julia Michaels and more.
You can catch it all when the show airs Sunday, April 30, at 7 p.m. EST on Disney.
Britney Spears Concert Delays Israeli ElectionBritney Spears did it again ... her concert has delayed an election in Israel.
The Israeli Labor Party has reportedly postponed its primary election from July 3 to July 4 since Brit's rolling into Tel Aviv the same day.
In a statement, the election committee for the Labor Party did not name Britney specifically -- but did say "the election date was delayed by one day due to the fact that there is a major event at Yarkon Park on July 3, 2017." That's where Britney's concert is going down.
Israeli journalist Tal Schneider broke the story ... the Labor Party apparently made the change so their party members could reach polling stations without all the foot traffic around ... and actually cast a vote.
Seems those Britney concerts are toxic for elections.
How Britney Spears Is Helping Women Feel ''Sexy, Strong and Confident'' With Her Newest Fragrance(Pic1, Pic2) Want Britney Spears' killer confidence? Just spritz on a splash of her newest fragrance and hit the town.
E! News spoke exclusively to the pop star about the latest addition to her perfume collection, Fantasy In Bloom, and why she's so invested in helping her fans feel good about themselves.
"I love creating fragrances, and find inspiration everywhere," Spears shared. "I love helping women feel sexy, strong and confident, and I think my fragrances really reflect that. Each scent is a way for me to connect with my fans."
As for the inspiration behind In Bloom, Brit shared it's a passion for anything floral that steered her toward the sweet scent. She explained, "I love flowers, they always brighten my day and make it feel special. Fantasy in Bloom makes me feel like I'm smelling a gorgeous bouquet."
In Bloom, which comes packaged in a hot pink bottle decorated with white and gold cherry blossoms, brings out a different side of Spears than her first and ultra-popular fragrance, Fantasy. Spears told us, "For me, the original Fantasy is special because it expresses my feminine side, as well as my fun side. Fantasy makes women feel empowered, flirtatious and sexy."
Regardless of whether she's choosing a scent fit for day or nighttime, Britney also revealed spraying on perfume is a vital step in her beauty regimen. "I love wearing perfume! I'm always changing up my scents, depending on how I'm feeling. I like to choose the fragrance that matches my mood and whatever vibe I want to give," she added.
And speaking of her rules to live by when it comes to getting ready for the day, Brit shared this: "My beauty routine is super simple. I'm always outside running around with my boys, so I make sure to protect my skin with sunscreen. I never forget perfume before I run out the door."
E! News also dished with Brit about how she maintains such a stunning physique. Spears attributes her concert-ready bod to one popular workout routine, explaining, "I love yoga. It's a full body workout and I always feel so relaxed when I'm done." When it comes to nutrition, Spears said, "I usually go with slices of lean turkey to keep me going through a busy day."
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Umbrella used by Britney Spears in 2007 attack up for auctionThe paparazzo whom Britney Spears attacked with an umbrella during her 2007 meltdown is selling the item to the highest bidder.
Photographer Daniel Ramos told Broadly on Tuesday, the 10-year-anniversary of the infamous incident, that he’s auctioning off the green umbrella and plans to donate half of the proceeds to a charity of Spears’ choice.
In 2007, the pop star, who was faced with an ongoing custody battle with her then-estranged husband Kevin Federline, and had recently shaved her own head at an LA salon, was swarmed by photographers at a gas station.
She then went on the attack, swinging her umbrella at Ramos’ Ford Explorer and yelling “f—k you.” Spears then dropped the umbrella, ran to her car and sped off. Another photographer handed the umbrella to Ramos.
“It was a bad moment in her life,” said Ramos. “Unfortunately it was captured.”
A few months later in 2007, Spears wrote on her website: “I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella. I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn’t get the part.”
Spears was placed on two psychiatric holds the following year. Despite a successful comeback, including starring in a Vegas residency show, she and her estate remain under a conservatorship run by her father, Jamie Spears.
Ramos quit working as a paparazzo in 2013 to focus on filmmaking shortly after Kanye West allegedly assaulted him. West settled Ramos’ lawsuit against him two years later.
Spears has not commented on Ramos’ auction.
Britney Spears feels ‘lucky’ on 10-year anniversary of meltdownBritney Spears feels “lucky” – a decade after she famously shaved her head in the midst of a personal breakdown.
The “Toxic” singer shocked the world in February 2007 when she took a razor to her long hair and left a hair salon in the middle of the night with a bald head.
But a decade on, Spears is back at her best, performing in her hit Las Vegas show at Planet Hollywood and enjoying time at home with her two sons, Sean and Jayden.
And looking back at her time as a mum, Spears shared a throwback picture to 2010 to highlight how happy she was that her life is back on track and she’s in a good place.
Posting a picture of her carrying one of her boys, she wrote: “Found this today and realized I’m a very blessed and lucky mommy #tbt.”
Back in February 2007, Spears – then 25 – walked into a hair salon in Tarzana, Calif., and asked the stylist to cut off her long brown hair.
Owner Esther Tognozzi refused so the singer grabbed a pair of clippers and did it herself as the cameras snapped away outside.
Her bizarre behavior happened in the midst of her bitter custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline, but a decade on, the former couple are on friendly terms and have found a way to co-parent their two sons in harmony.
Spears has also snapped back into shape after a period of having her weight go up and down as she battled her demons, but has recently been parading her famously flat stomach and toned thighs for all to see, proving once and for all that the singer is, to quote one of her hits, “Stronger” than ever.
Spears’ post came just days after Katy Perry appeared to make a dig at her on the Grammys red carpet.
The singer was speaking about her new blonde hairstyle when she made the comments, which led to an angry backlash from fans of the “Piece of Me” star.
“It’s the last color in the spectrum that I can do, I’ve done all of them and the only thing left to do is shave my head which I’m really saving for a public breakdown. I’m down for that.”
In another interview she was speaking to Ryan Seacrest when he mentioned that there was a “pause in [her] music”.
She responded: “Yeah, that’s called taking care of your mental health.”
He asked how that went and she replied: “Fantastic, and I haven’t shaved my head yet.”
Her comments prompted a Twitter frenzy and “Britney” to trend alongside the Grammys as fans aired their rage.
One tweeted: “Ironic how yalls woke queen Katy Perry screams ‘no hate’ an hour after making fun of Britney’s mental stability on the red carpet.”
Another ranted: “I don’t care who you are, you never make fun of mental health and Britney Spears’ breakdown. What an a—hole comment, Katy Perry.”
Britney Spears shacks up for Valentine’s in $30M estateBritney Spears spent Valentine’s Day weekend in the lap of luxury.
The songstress stayed in a $30 million oceanfront estate in Malibu with her new boyfriend, Sam Asghari, and her two sons for the holiday getaway. The seven-bedroom, six-bathroom home is located on the exclusive “Billionaire’s Beach.”
The foursome had plenty to do without ever leaving the house, with an infinity pool, hot tub, theater room and patio equipped with a grill and TV on the property.
But Spears didn’t have to shell out a cent for the glam life — the stay was courtesy of Airbnb.
A source tells us Spears wanted to enjoy some downtime with her family during a break from her residency in Las Vegas. The last several days have been difficult ones for Spears, as her 8-year-old niece was involved in a serious ATV accident on Super Bowl Sunday. Young Maddie, whose mother is Britney’s little sister Jamie Lynn, was released from the hospital on Friday and doctors said at the time that, thankfully, “she is on the way to a full recovery.”
Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter returns home from hospitalJamie Lynn Spears‘ daughter, Maddie Aldridge, is returning home after a terrifying ATV crash left her hospitalized.
“Maddie Aldridge, 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears, has been discharged from Children’s Hospital in New Orleans,” the hospital told People in a statement. “She is breathing well and interacting with loved ones. Doctors say she is on the way to a full recovery.”
Spears’ husband, Jamie Watson, posted the happy news on Instagram with a photo of the family in a hospital helicopter.
“Thanks to the amazing first responders, and medical teams at University and Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, we are headed home with our baby girl as she continued to recover,” he wrote. “Above all else we are so thankful for each and every prayer, because we know that is what truly made the difference. Thank you again to everyone. We are truly blessed.”
The crash occurred while Maddie was driving the vehicle on family property on Sunday afternoon, with both Spears and Watson present. A police report released on Monday states that Maddie was attempting to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch. “In doing so, she overcorrected causing the ATV to enter the pond. The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”
Aldridge was reportedly underwater for several minutes while Jamie Lynn and Watson struggled to remove her from the vehicle. She was airlifted to the hospital shortly after, and on Tuesday was reported to be “awake and talking.”
Britney Spears Shares Niece Maddie Aldridge ''Is Making Progress,'' Thanks Fans for Their PrayersMaddie Aldridge is continuing to make progress.
The 8-year-old's famous aunt, Britney Spears, took to social media to thank her fans for their unwavering support during this difficult time.
The "Glory" singer also made mention of her niece's road to recovery, writing, "We are so grateful to share that Maddie is making progress. Thank you all for sending thoughts and prayers our way. Let's all keep praying."
Just yesterday, E! News reported that Jamie Lynn Spears' daughter was making major headway after her serious ATV accident on Sunday in Louisiana.
The Spears family rep (through the hospital treading Maddie) released a statement explaining that Maddie was "awake and talking" to her family members who have been by her side since she was hospitalized.
"With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, February 7. The 8-year-old daughter of entertainer Jamie Lynn Spears was involved in an ATV accident at a family home Sunday in Kentwood, La. Paramedics resuscitated her and she was airlifted to a local hospital. She is aware of her surroundings and recognizes those family members who have kept a round-the-clock vigil since the accident."
The statement continued, "Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking. Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely but it appears that she was not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident."
Jamie Lynn Spears' Daughter Awake and Breathing On Her OwnJamie Lynn Spears' daughter, Maddie, is now breathing on her own as she recovers from the horrific ATV accident that left her submerged for several minutes.
A Spears family rep says the 8-year-old girl regained consciousness on Tuesday ... "Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking." Maddie is still receiving oxygen, but the rep told People it appears she did not suffer any neurological damage.
TMZ broke the story ... Maddie was driving a Polaris ATV Sunday when it flipped and submerged her in a pond.
Britney Spears asks fans to pray for niece after ATV crashBritney Spears is asking for prayers for her 8-year-old niece, who is in stable but critical condition after a terrifying ATV crash on Sunday.
“Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece,” Spears, 35, wrote on social media Monday.
The little girl, Maddie Briann Aldridge, is the daughter of Spears’ 25-year-old sister, Jamie Lynn Spears.
Maddie drove an ATV into a pond on Sunday afternoon and was submerged in the water before being rescued by paramedics, authorities confirmed.
According to a sheriff’s department statement obtained by People, the accident occurred on family property in Louisiana, with both Jamie Lynn and her current husband — Maddie’s stepfather — present during the time of the incident.
A police report says that Maddie was steering the vehicle to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch. “In doing so, she overcorrected causing the ATV to enter the pond,” the report (via People) says. “The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”
The report continues, “Within seconds the child’s mother, stepfather and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail. The child was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters.”
Jeff Raymond, a publicist for Jamie Lynn, said the family is asking for people to “respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”
Maddie is being treated at a Louisiana hospital.
Britney Spears Speaks for the First Time About Dating Sam AsghariBritney Spears is finally opening up about her new man!
The "Toxic" singer called into AMP 103.7 Friday and gave host Nathan Fast some scoop about her romance with Sam Asghari. The two, who met on the set of her steamy music video for "Slumber Party," have been giving fans some sneak peeks into their relationship, but otherwise mum was the word...until now.
"We were waiting and waiting together for 20 minutes at a time, literally stuck there," Brit Brit said of filming with Asghari. "We were forced to talk to each other."
But after spending so much time in one room together, the two eventually started to open up and ultimately realized they had more in common than they thought.
"He doesn't really know me as a person, and I have no idea who the hell he is, and we were just talking," she explained. They discussed their mutual love of sushi and other things they both like and even loosely suggested they grab a bite to eat together sometime.
"It was not even like a serious thing," the "Make Me..." singer explained.
But neither one put anything in the books until several months later. "I kept his number, and it was so weird because it was like five months later that I found his number in my bag," Spears confessed. "I was like 'He was really cute. This guy was really cute!' so then I called him. He is just a really fun, funny person."
Although neither one had commented publicly on the status of their relationship until now, they both started to make it clear once social media photos showed them in bed together. They also turned New Year's Eve into a romantic date night, where they cozied up to each other during an intimate dinner.
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Britney Spears spotted with new boyfriend on New Year’s EveBritney Spears rang in the New Year with new boyfriend Sam Asghari at Catch in LA.
The pair, who met when Asghari starred in the music video for “Slumber Party,” was “super affectionate,” says a source.
“They did not wait till midnight for a kiss. He also gave her his jacket to keep her warm and had his arm around her all evening.”
Also at the restaurant were Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin, who were there with A$AP Ferg and Justine Skye.
Britney Spears' Sushi Date With Hunky 'Slumber Party' Co-StarBritney Spears might be doing it again ... as in going out with a guy with whom she's been working.
Britney was seen grabbing sushi Saturday night with her co-star from her newest music video, "Slumber Party" ... and this pic of them together is ... interesting.
The stud, Sam Asghari, starred alongside Britney as her love interest. He's a personal trainer -- and he might be attached judging by how fast he took down the post.
People’s Choice Awards Nominees SetHere’s another election America must undertake: Voting opens today for the People’s Choice Awards 2017. Nominees were unveiled this morning at Paley Center in Los Angeles, with online voting set to run through December 15 and winners announced during a ceremony January 18 at Microsoft Theater L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS.
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Britney Spears -- Rumble Over BumbleBritney Spears is entangled in a raging dispute over the Bumble dating service ... TMZ has learned.
Britney's lawyer fired off a threatening letter to Adam Kluger, claiming he went behind Britney's back and negotiated with Bumble to fund her new music video.
According to the letter, obtained by TMZ, Kluger allegedly told Bumble he had authority to rep Britney for an $800,000 deal that would put the Bumble name all over her new vid. The lawyer says Bumble agreed and gave Kluger $200k up-front. Kluger then made a deal with Britney's label, RCA, to pay them $450,000 for the Bumble product placement promotion.
Britney's people say what Kluger did is fraudulent, because he never repped Britney. They also say his $350k fee -- more than 43% of the deal -- is ridiculous and way above what agents charge.
Kluger tells us he never told Bumble he repped Britney. He says his company is a creative agency that puts people and companies together, which is exactly what he did here. He also said his company has worked with Britney before on projects involving Orange Theory and Plenty of Fish.
Kluger also says he's on the Forbes List of the 30 Most Influential People in Music Under the Age of 30. Kluger's lawyer tells us, "We are going to defend the sterling reputation of The Kluger Agency in court as necessary. The allegations are false. The Kluger Agency has done nothing wrong."
As for the music video, we've learned it's being made ... but without any Bumble product placement. And get this ... Britney made a deal with the dating service, which will underwrite the music video, and in return she's gonna do something with Bumble ... hmmm.
Oops! Britney Spears’ top pops during Vegas show(Video) Britney Spears almost exposed her breasts during an unfortunate on-stage wardrobe malfunction on Saturday night.
The 34-year-old singer suffered the mishap while performing the hit “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll“ when the strap to her top unclasped around her neck and fell down.
Britney immediately covered herself with her left hand.
Two of her male dancers desperately tried to fasten the top but their efforts were wasted as it soon fell open again.
Like a true gentleman, one of the dancers later removed their flannel shirt which the singer put on – all while still performing to her thousands of fans.
Britney, who is no stranger to flashing the flesh, was performing her Piece Of Me show at The Axis inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
The singer handled the mishap like a pro and didn’t let it interrupt her killer performance.
Britney recently caused controversy after an unseen version of her video to “Make Me” leaked online.
The alternative video revealed the sexy singer originally intended to go X-rated in a way you’ve never seen her before.
The unseen footage was so explicit that the family-friendly star was forced to tone it down after filming had wrapped.
Britney fans have been sharing online the new version after it was discovered the shocking original edit featured her writhing in the middle of a dozen naked men in nothing but skin-colored lingerie.
Justin Bieber, Britney Spears to headline Jingle BallJustin Bieber, Bruno Mars and Britney Spears are some of the acts set to perform during the 12-date “Jingle Ball ” tour this holiday season.
IHeartMedia announced Tuesday that the tour will kick off Nov. 29 in Dallas and wrap Dec. 18 in Miami. The lineup, which varies by city, includes Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Meghan Trainor, Backstreet Boys, The Chainsmokers, Shawn Mendes, One Direction’s Niall Horan and others.
Tickets go on sale on Oct. 17.
The Dec. 9 show at New York’s Madison Square Garden will stream live on The CW Network’s app and website, and air as a 90-minute special on the channel on Dec. 15.
The tour will also visit San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; and Tampa.
Britney Spears Admits She'd Totally ''Snog'' Justin BieberBritney Spears is single and ready to mingle...with Justin Bieber?
Yes, the 34-year-old Princess of Pop sat down for a game of "Snog, Marry, Avoid" with the ladies of the UK-based television show Loose Women. When presented with the choice of Bieber, Madonna and Simon Cowell, Brit Brit paused for a long while before admitting she'd "snog" (aka kiss) the Biebs. As for the other two? She'd avoid both!
The fact that she'd choose Bieber over the others should come as no surprise, considering the singer previously admitted during the interview that she's into younger guys.
(Video) "I'm happily single right now," she said. But when asked what she looks for in a guy lately, she continued, "I like younger guys. Like this morning, for instance, this guy came and he was my waiter, and I was like, 'Oh my God! You're adorable!'"
But when it comes to her perfect date, Britney isn't so picky. "I like spur of the moment things," she revealed. "I don't like things so planned. I like things to just happen."
You hear that, boys?!
Meanwhile, Britney has been single since calling things off with her previous boyfriend, Charlie Ebersol, in June 2015.
Last week she joined The Jonathan Ross Show and said she's really not actively seeking a new man at this point in her life...and for good reason.
"A lot of men are about games. It's just the mind game with guys, the calling back and the texting, it's just too much, it's silly," she said (and, boy, do we feel her on that one). "Actually I'm not looking for men right now, I'm really happy with myself. I'm not looking for anything, I'm fine with the way I am."
Watch Britney Spears Sing Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' – on Helium!(Video) Britney Spears decided to cover one of Taylor Swift's biggest hits – on helium.
The pop star appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday and competed in several silly contests with the titular host. After she was defeated by Ross in Forfeit Tennis, Spears had to step up to a helium-filled balloon, inhale, and perform a song.
"You can sing one of your own, you can sing a popular song – something we all know," Ross instructed.
After puckering up and taking in an adequate amount of the noble gas, Spears squeaked out a few bars from the chorus of Swift's "Shake It Off."
Along with her mini-performance, the popstar also discussed dating – she's "not looking for men right now" – and says she just wants a "nice guy" when the time is right.
Spears' ninth studio album, Glory, is out now.
You're a Womanizer: Britney Spears Says Dating Is a 'Mind Game with Guys'Quit playing games with her heart.
Britney Spears says that dating is a "mind game with guys" – and she has no time for that nonsense.
The pop sensation tells Jonathan Ross on ITV's The Jonathan Ross Show Saturday, that aspects of modern dating are "hard."
"A lot of men are about games," she explains, adding, "...The calling back and the texting, it's just too much – it's silly."
Spears, who shares sons Sean Preston, 11, and Jayden James, 10, with ex-husband Kevin Federline, says that finding suitors is "a little tricky" given her fame.
"I have a friend at home and he randomly sets me up with people every now and then on dates. It's just awkward because there's so many times that you meet people and it's just too awkward and you just don't feel right," she divulges. "The dating thing and meeting other people, it's hard."
So what does Spears want in a partner?
"I like someone that's just nice overall – just a nice guy is really groundbreaking in this world," the 34-year-old shares.
But, she insists that she's not even in the market for a man.
"I'm not looking for men right now," Spears tells Ross. "I'm really happy with myself. I'm not looking for anything, I'm fine with the way I am."
Later during the show, Spears and Ross play a game of "Oops I did it or Oops I didn't do it," during which Spears reveals she's passed gas onstage. Seriously!
Spears' appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show airs Saturday at 10:20 p.m. on ITV.
Britney Spears: "My Twenties Were Horrible"(Video) To say Britney Spears' twenties were rough is an understatement.
In the span of a decade, the pop princess got divorced twice, temporarily lost custody of her children and was put under an emergency psychiatric hold—among other headline-making, career-threatening dramas. With the help of her family and management team, Spears got her act together and is back at the top of her game with a Las Vegas residency and a hit album, Glory.
Speaking to Dan Wooton on ITV's Lorraine Thursday morning, she reflected on that tumultuous time. "I liked my thirties way more than my twenties. My twenties were horrible," Spears, 34, said. "My teens were fun, but I like my thirties. Thirties is great. You know who you really are."
Naturally, Spears is nervous about what will happen when sons Sean Federline, 11, and Jaden Federline, 10, become teenagers. "It's a little strange. I'm nervous, because I know 12, 13, 14 and 15 is going to be really scary, and I'm going to be like, 'Mom, please come to the house and help me out here!'" the single singer joked. "But right now it's a great age. They're still babies."
Spears recently had another baby: Glory, her best-selling debut in the U.K. in nine years. "I really took my time with this record. I took like two and a half years to do it, and I worked with the most profound, amazing people. It was just really, really cool. I definitely had the jitters," Spears admitted. "I was like, 'Oh, my God! Will people like it?' Oh, my God! But it worked out."
The album is meant to be "empowering," according to Spears, who is single and loving it. In the past, the musician looked for love in the wrong places. Today, landing a man doesn't seem as important. "I'm in a really good place right now, so I think I'm just...I'm loving and learning myself every day, and learning who I am, so it's just...it's awakening," she explained. "It's cool."
"It's OK to be single, yeah," Spears added. "It totally is."
Britney Spears on Being Nicknamed "Godney" and "The Holy Spearit"The Church of Britney Spears is not an officially recognized religion.
That being said, millions of fans have worshipped the singer since she burst onto the music scene in 1998 with "...Baby One More Time." Several years ago, Spears' fans even gave her two nicknames: "Godney" and "The Holy Spearit." While the 34-year-old pop princess doesn't mind the adoration—who would?—she's not sure she's worthy of the nicknames. "That's just how the fans are – and I don't want to let them down," she says in NME's Sept. 16 issue. "At the end of the day, we're all human and we all make mistakes. It's really flattering, but I don't know if I can set my bar that high. I'm sure a lot of them have almost felt like they've grown up with me."
Spears has been in the public eye for more than half her life, and her every move has been documented and scrutinized. Needless to say, it can be a lot. "I try not to analyze it too much," she admits. "I love what I do and I think that helps because it speaks for itself when I perform."
The "Make Me..." singer has taken her act all over the world. But, since 2013, she's headlined at The Axis, located inside Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. "Seeing other artists continue to do this kind of thing inspires me, too," Spears says. "Because sometimes I'm like, 'What am I doing?' Like, I could be a teacher. But then I see other people doing it too and I'm like, 'Well, you know, it's probably all they've known for so long, so it just kind of makes sense."
Spears believes the key to longevity is unpredictability. So, when the time came to record her ninth studio album, Glory, she worked with new songwriters and producers to create a sound that was all her own. "Honestly, this is the first project where I've really been hands-on. I was really specific about who I worked with and I've been learning to say no. I'm a people-pleaser, so that's hard for me—even if I don't like something, I'll do it just to make a person happy," she tells NME. "I made sure this album was everything I wanted it to be. I was really selfish with it."
Britney Spears Admits "I'm a Weird, Anxiety-Ridden Person"Britney Spears is sharing the side of her that fans don't know: the non-celebrity side.
The "Make Me" songstress opens up to Flaunt magazine about the real her, the version that surprisingly doesn't listen to her music and prefers to stay at home and relax even though she's killing it in her Las Vegas residency. "I think with a lot of things in the past, I didn't have security. I didn't have the guidelines that I have now, which are brilliant. I'm very close to my security team," she tells the magazine.
"I have kids now too, so everything is on a way lower scale. I'm actually a very boring person. I don't go out. I don't really do anything. I should be Mother Mary, seriously. I think my life has done a complete 360. Things are just different now. It's a different time. It's a different era."
Because she's so scaled down these days, Brit Brit sometimes finds herself avoiding big crowds. "Oh, I'm so weird," she says. "I get nervous in a lot of situations. Parties, clubs. When there are a lot of people around, I'm a weird, anxiety-ridden person."
Preferring to spend time with her kids and friends and family with whom she's closest, Spears doesn't often find herself keeping track of downloads, streams, etc. When told how many millions of views her "Make Me" video racked up online, Spears didn't even realize how much of a feat it was. Instead, she prefers to focus on the here and now.
"It's funny, because I don't really listen to my music," she says. "My kids do and my nieces do. I'm about the creative process. I'm in the moment of being creative and then I put it out there. Of course, I sing my songs every night [at her ongoing residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas] and I have to listen to it that way, but I'm all about change. And new. And forthcoming."
She adds, "But, there is a part of me in my music and I hope, for my fans, that they can have that part of me when they hear me on the radio, or buy my CD, or whatever they do."
Britney Spears -- Ends War with Ex-Manager Sam LutfiBritney Spears is ending her own 7 years war with Sam Lutfi ... the ex-manager who accused her of rampant drug abuse and slandering his name -- the case has settled.
Lutfi and Spears reached the settlement agreement late last week ... according to docs obtained by TMZ. Sources familiar with the situation tell us ... Britney paid Lutfi "in the low 6 figures," but less than the estimated $500,000 in legal fees it would have cost her to defend the lawsuit.
Lutfi filed the defamation case against Britney and her family back in 2009, claiming the entire Spears clan was bad-mouthing him and blamed him for her downfall ... after she was hospitalized in 2008. Lutfi claimed they were outta line because the real problem was Britney's drug abuse, which he tried to stop.
A judge tossed his case in 2012, but Lutfi appealed and got a second bite of the apple. A trial was set to begin in L.A. next month.
Britney Spears -- Threatens to Sue Mag ... I'm Done Being a Punching BagBritney Spears wants the media to know ... she's going after you if you tell lies about her, and she's starting with In Touch.
TMZ has obtained a scathing letter Britney's lawyer wrote to the honchos at In Touch, warning them not to publish a story they're pushing about Britney allegedly acting erratic at last month's MTV Video Music Awards and "talking and laughing to herself and using a British accent."
According to the letter, the magazine notified Britney's rep the story will run. Britney's lawyer says it is "utterly false, highly defamatory and completely offensive to Ms. Spears."
A source connected with Britney tells TMZ, the singer and her team are sick of "made-up" stories, especially in the face of how hard she's worked to turn her life around. They say if the story runs they will absolutely sue the magazine, adding this will be the first of many lawsuits to stop the lies.
We reached out to In Touch ... so far no comment.
Britney Spears Hopes Her Sons Never Have to Experience Her 'Magnitude' of FameBritney Spears has been in the public eye ever since appearing on The Micky Mouse Club when she was just 12 years old. Although she says she doesn't regret her worldwide fame, she admits that she doesn't want the same for her kids.
During an interview with The Cooper Lawrence Show at 106.1 BLI on Thursday, the "Make Me" singer was asked whether her sons – Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9 – had any dreams of following their mother's path into show business.
"I don't know," Spears says. "I think they think it's cool." Her main concern is that they don't completely understand the implications of life in the spotlight.
"I think the magnitude of [this job] and the fame thing, I don't think they've really comprehended what that would even be like," she continued. "Hopefully they never will, because it's kind of much."
Despite the overwhelming nature of fame, Spears maintains that she has "no regrets" in that department. The 34-year-old singer is closing out an incredible summer with the recent release of her ninth studio album, Glory, which is being hailed as her best work in nearly a decade. Days later, she conquered the stage at the 2016 MTV VMAs for the first time since 2007.
Britney Spears Isn't Exempt From "Awkward" Dates: "Being Famous Doesn't Make You Any Different"Picture yourself on a one-on-one date with Britney Spears.
From her long catalogue of smash-hit singles to her career in the spotlight, there certainly would be so much to talk about. Seriously, we could picture this meeting going on for hours.
But in the new issue of Marie Claire UK, the pop superstar admits that her celebrity status can't prevent her from experiencing a few no-so-hot dates.
"I had a really bad date. I mean, it was bad. I've been single for ages and had a date with a guy I liked. I was getting anxious, worrying he wouldn't like me," she shared with the publication. "We went to the movies, but I could tell right away it wasn't working. It was sort of awkward."
Britney continued, "So after the movie I came home and that was it. It just didn't work…He just wasn't that into me. I liked him. He knew that. But he definitely didn't feel the same. It happens to everybody. Being famous doesn't make you any different."
Speaking of feeling a little on the anxious side, the Las Vegas performer confessed to the magazine that moving to Los Angeles was an adjustment personally and professionally.
"Southern girls can be very hard on themselves because you are expected to act in a certain way, you are expected to please people," Britney explained. "And then I moved to Los Angeles when I was very young. I was so under scrutiny. If a hair was out of place, I'd be so anxious. I would get very anxious about so many things."
Today, Britney is "feeling good" about being single and isn't focused entirely on looks. She proclaims that her boys don't judge her because they "don't care if everything isn't perfect."
And she's also celebrating the success of her new album Glory. After performing at the 2016 MTV VMAs, the "Circus" singer was asked about forming her own girl group. We kind of love her picks.
"I think it would be me, Rihanna, and Kate Hudson," she shared on The New 92.3 AMP Radio. We support this 100 percent.
To read Britney's feature in full, see the October issue of Marie Claire out today. The issue is also available as a digital edition through Apple Newsstand.
Britney Spears Opens Up About Why She's Nervous to Perform at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards After a Decade AwayIn case you missed, it Britney Spearswill make her MTV Video Music Awards comeback for the first time in 10 years.
And a lot has been made of the pop sensation's highly-anticipated return to the VMAs stage. Will she rock her iconic red leather jumpsuit ŕ la "Oops I Did It Again?" Can we expect a onstage smooch from none other than Madonnaand Christina Aguilera?
But most importantly, how does Brit Brit herself feel about finally reviving her status as the queen of the VMAs? The "Make Me" songstress stopped by the Cubby and Carolina In The Morning radio show on Friday to dish all things leading up to her big performance on Sunday evening.
"I think there's something in the air with the VMAs. It's like electric. I can't really explain it," Spears admitted.
Britney Spears Carpool KaraokeBritney Spears Carpool Karaoke: Video.
'Britney Spears Will Not Be Contributing in Any Way, Shape or Form to The Lifetime Biopic' Says RepBritney Spears' remarkable life story is getting the Lifetime treatment.
The network announced Wednesday that a Spears biopic currently titled Britney is on the way, tracking the pop star's ascent from her Louisiana upbringing, to stardom, to the rocky late 2000s.
Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) will play the pop princess in the two-hour film.
Spears will not be contributing to the project "in any way, shape or form… nor does it have her blessing," Spears' said in a statement to PEOPLE and EW.
Spears has worked in entertainment since the early '90s and broke out musically with …Baby One More Time in 1999. She achieved massive popularity, but endured massive tabloid attention for her relationship with *NSYNC's Justin Timberlake, her short-lived marriage to a childhood friend, and her eventual nuptials to dancer Kevin Federline, and her personal struggles, all before rising back.
The Lifetime announcement comes just two days before the release of Spears' ninth studio album, Glory. She will also perform at Sunday's MTV VMAs. The show's executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic, is thrilled for what Spears has in store. "To have her in such great form with a huge hit, she's super relevant and current – I think the young people watching MTV now are as connected to her as they were back in the TRL days," he told EW.
The project will be directed by Leslie Libman (Manson’s Lost Girls), written by Anne-Marie Hess, and produced by Asylum Entertainment. Production begins in September. Britney is due in 2017.
Britney Spears Biopic Coming to Lifetime in 2017Lifetime wants a piece of Britney Spears.
The network has tapped Natasha Bassett (Rake) to play the Princess of Pop in a biopic simply titled Britney. The made-for-TV movie will document the many ups and downs of Spears’ career, including her high-profile relationship with Justin Timberlake, her multiple failed marriages and, of course, her infamous fall from grace. (In other words, brace yourselves for a super dramatic head-shaving montage.)
Here’s the film’s official description, per Lifetime:
Britney Jean Spears was just a young girl from Louisiana trying to make a name for herself in the music scene when her talent became undeniable to all those around her. While handlers soon began planning her every move, Britney found solace with fellow pop singer Justin Timberlake. Tragically, as Britney’s star continued to shine, her private life crumbled after the divorce of her parents and her tabloid breakup with Justin. Her personal behavior soon eclipsed her pop icon success as a quickie marriage to childhood friend and later, an ill-fated marriage to dancer Kevin Federline, became the talk of the world. With her life spiraling out of control, Britney hit rock bottom, lost custody of her sons and was placed under her father’s conservatorship. But despite her past troubles, Britney has battled back to rebuild her career to its former glory, proving to everyone that she’s a timeless force in entertainment.
Anne-Marie Hess (Perfect High) is writing the script, with Leslie Libman (NCIS, The Vampire Diaries) on board to direct. Britney, an Asylum Entertainment production, begins filming next month in Vancouver and is expected to premiere in 2017.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Britney Spears almost drowned in HawaiiBritney Spears has revealed she almost met a terrifying end this month after going swimming in the sea.
The superstar was on holiday in Hawaii when she got dragged under water by “six-foot waves” which had her frantically fighting for life.
She said: “I went out and I thought it was like a wave pool, and I was like, ‘This is so nice and refreshing and just beautiful.’
“But the thing I didn’t think about is when you come back, the waves really come in hard.
“I got sucked under for like five minutes. I almost drowned. And I’m like, ‘Where is my security? They’re just going to let me die here’.
“And then I came in again and another wave took me under.”
With her long-awaited ninth album “Glory” released this Friday, Britney said the one bit of advice she would give her younger self would be to avoid both her 55-hour first marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander and her three-year romance with second husband Kevin Federline.
She said: “Never get married, number one. That’s probably the best advice I could give myself.”
Britney is one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. Glory is 12 tracks long and features her amazing new single, Make Me?.?.?.? featuring rapper G-Eazy.
But don’t expect any other collaborations, as she claims most other singers’ egos make it too difficult to work together.
In an interview with Scott Mills — which you can hear on his Radio 1 show from 1pm to 4pm today — she said: “A lot of the people in the entertainment business, if you try to work with them or set up projects, a lot of times people just don’t show up.
“A lot of people are divas in this industry. It’s hard.”
But one person she does respect is Justin Bieber — even though she had no idea who he was when they were introduced six years ago when he was a teenager.
She said: “He walked into my hotel room and he was like a kid. Literally he looked like he was 13 years old but he was 16.
“And I was like, ‘Who is this kid in my hotel?’
“And my sister was like, ‘This is Justin Bieber and his mother’. And I was like, ‘Oh my God, I cannot believe this’. He’s very unassuming. He’s a very, very nice, kind boy.
Britney is now the bookies’ favorite to headline the 2017 Super Bowl half-time show, after I revealed that Adele had turned it down.
She said: “Yes. I would probably do that. I would have to have a little support group, another artist of course. I don’t think you would ever do the Super Bowl alone. That would be kind of scary.”
If she does it, it will be an incredible way to celebrate her illustrious career on the 20th anniversary of her album deal with Jive Records in 1997.
Britney is the ultimate pop star and after almost three years of her Las Vegas residency, she would be bound to put on a show that no one could forget.
Carpool Karaoke Sneak PeekBritney Spears Comes Out Swinging in Carpool Karaoke Sneak Peek: Video.
Britney Spears Raising Money for Louisiana Flood VictimsBritney Spears is calling on her fans to help Louisiana residents affected by the the state's devastating flooding.
The pop star has teamed with the American Red Cross and fundraising website Crowd Rise to raise money to support flood victims, offering a chance to win her outfit from her performance at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards or a flight to New York to attend the show and meet her in person. Each $10 donation is an entry to win.
Ten days ago deadly flooding hit southeastern Louisiana around Baton Rouge and is being called the worst U.S. disaster since Hurricane Sandy. As of Monday (Aug. 22) morning, according to ABC News, the floods have damaged more than 60,700 homes and 102,000 people have registered for federal assistance. At least 13 people have been killed in the flooding.
Spears grew up in Kentwood, Louisiana, and on Twitter asked her fans to support her home state in this time of need.
Britney Spears to perform new song at MTV Video Music AwardsBritney Spears, who has been behind some of the racier moments of the MTV Video Music Awards, will return for the latest edition on August 28 with a new song.
The former teen idol will present the live debut of her steamy track "Make Me..." alongside rapper G-Eazy, the network said.
Spears on Tuesday announced the upcoming performance in a video on social media with references to her past VMA performances as a python slithered through her dressing room.
She was alluding to one of her past appearances at the VMAs in 2001 when she sang "Slave 4 You" with a snake around her body.
Most famously, Spears stunned the 2003 VMAs by locking lips with Madonna.
Spears was one of the top artists of the late 1990s but her messy personal life contributed to her spectacular career fall.
She will perform at the VMAs two days after releasing "Glory," her first album since 2013, which features "Make Me..."
The VMAs, which take place this year at New York's Madison Square Garden, is the signature annual music extravaganza of MTV, which reaches more than 170 countries on 60 channels.
MTV earlier announced that Rihanna would also perform as she accepts the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, given to artists for career contributions to pop culture.
Beyonce has the most nominations at the VMAs amid acclaim for her album and intertwining film "Lemonade" and the politically charged video for her track "Formation."
BRITNEY SPEARS TO RIDE ALONG WITH JAMES CORDEN FOR CARPOOL KARAOKEPop superstar Britney Spears will be a passenger in James Corden’s next Carpool Karaoke segment on THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, Thursday, Aug. 25 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Spears is set to release her ninth studio album, Glory, on August 26 via RCA Records. A multi-platinum Grammy Award winner, Spears is one of the most successful entertainers in pop history, with nearly 100 million records sold worldwide. Her musical career boasts numerous awards and accolades, including six Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s Millennium Award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry, as well as an American Music Award and the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award. Spears has had six No. 1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — five of which went to No. 1. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005. Her cutting-edge pop concert Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas” and “Best Bachelorette Show in Las Vegas.”
Each week night, James Corden invites the audience to join in on the fun as the Emmy Award-nominated THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN features a mix of celebrity guests, musical acts, games and sketches. The show’s post-Super Bowl broadcast delivered the highest ratings, with any host, since the show’s inception in 1995. THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN has quickly become known for generating buzzworthy viral videos. The show holds the YouTube record for the most watched late night clip with “Adele Carpool Karaoke,” which has 121 million views. The show’s YouTube Channel has amassed more than 1.5 billion total views and nearly 7 million subscribers since the show’s premiere on March 23, 2015.
THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN airs weeknights (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) following broadcasts of the THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT on CBS. Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe are the executive producers.
Britney Spears Confirmed For ‘Carpool Karaoke’Britney Spears will ride along with James Corden for some Carpool Karaoke, CBS confirmed this morning during the network’s executive session at TCA. The pop star is set for The Late Late Show segment on Thursday, August 25, a day before her ninth studio album Glory is released on August 26 via RCA Records.
A multi-platinum Grammy Award winner, Spears has sold nearly 100 million records worldwide. She has had six No. 1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — five of which went to No. 1. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005.
Corden’s Late Late Show holds the YouTube record for the most watched late night clip with “Adele Carpool Karaoke,” which has 121 million views. The show’s YouTube Channel has amassed more than 1.5 billion total views and nearly 7 million subscribers since the show’s premiere on March 23, 2015.
In All Her Topless Glory! Britney Spears Shares Bikini Photo on Her Tropical Getaway(Pic) Britney Spears is living the "dream" in paradise.
The star took to her Instagram on Saturday to share a photo of herself on her tropical getaway. In the photo, the 34-year-old showed a topless shot (but SFW!) of herself on a boat in tiny white bikini bottoms.
"Still dreaming a mile a minute," Spears wrote in the post, echoing a previous Instagram in which she announced the release of the steamy music video for her latest release, "Make Me."
Her many bikini-clad posts while on vacation with her sons, 10-year-old Sean and 9-year-old Jayden Federline, have come in the wake of her new album announcement. Her ninth album, Glory is set to be released Aug. 26.
"#Glory. My new album & the beginning of a new era. Available 8/26 on @AppleMusic. Pre-order tonight at midnight ET," Spears, 34, tweeted alongside the forthcoming LP's album art.
'Make Me' Music VideoBritney Spears Drops Steamy 'Make Me' Music Video: Watch Here.
Britney Spears set for ‘Carpool Karaoke’Britney Spears will put her karaoke skills to the test on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” this month.
An insider tells us the “Toxic” singer is the latest performer to join Corden in his car to belt out jams for his popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment.
Spears will follow in the footsteps of Michelle Obama, Gwen Stefani, Adele and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to do the segment.
We’re told her team’s working overtime to get her new album, “Glory,” to debut at No. 1 when it’s released on Aug. 26.
Britney Spears, By the Numbers: On the Billboard Charts & BeyondAs Britney Spears prepares to release her ninth studio album, Glory, on Aug. 26, it’s an appropriate time to look back on her chart-topping Billboard history. The diva has amassed an incredible string of hit singles and albums, stretching back to her 1998 debut smash “…Baby One More Time” through her current single, “Make Me.”
Here’s a look at Spears’ stellar run on the charts:
70 Million in U.S. Sales: In the U.S. alone, Spears has sold more than 70 million albums, singles and digital songs, according to Nielsen Music. Her biggest-selling album is her debut effort, …Baby One More Time, with 10.6 million copies sold.
Six No. 1 Albums: The pop princess has scored six No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart -- all of which debuted in the top slot. All eight of her studio efforts have reached the top five on the chart. She’s additionally charted a top 10 set with the best-of package Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (peaking at No. 4 in 2004).
34 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100: Starting with her debut single, 1998’s “…Baby One More Time,” through her latest entry “Make Me,” the entertainer has notched 34 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “…Baby One More Time” flew straight to No. 1 -- her first of five leaders on the tally. She also topped the list with “Womanizer,” “3,” “Hold It Against Me” and her collaboration with Rihanna, “S&M.”
15 Top 10s on Pop Songs: Spears has been a staple of top 40-formatted radio stations for her entire career, and she has the Pop Songs track record to prove it. Among her top 10s are six No. 1s: “…Baby One More Time” (No. 1 for five weeks), “Oops!… I Did It Again” (three weeks), “Toxic” (four weeks), “Womanizer” (two weeks), “Circus” (one week) and “I Wanna Go” (one week).
9 No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs Chart: It’s appropriate that the singer -- who is a force in both pop and dance music -- has claimed nine No. 1s on the Dance Club Songs chart. She’s led the list with such tracks as “Gimme More,” “Piece of Me,” “Break the Ice,” “Till the World Ends” and “Pretty Girls” (with Iggy Azalea).
7 Billboard Music Awards: Before Spears was honored with the Billboard Millennium Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, she took home six trophies at earlier ceremonies, including female artist of the year in 1999.
Vegas, Baby! Spears’ Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me, has played to more than 590,000 attendees and grossed over $85 million, as reported to Billboard Boxscore. So far, 163 concerts in the long-running show have been reported, from its opening night on Dec. 27, 2013 through July 13, 2016. The show has scheduled performances through February 2017.
Britney Spears Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Surprising Wake Up Call With a Rihanna-Inspired PrankBritney Spears Gives Jimmy Kimmel a Surprising Wake Up Call With a Rihanna-Inspired Prank: Video.
Britney Spears promises 'new era' with latest albumBritney Spears, who soared to stardom as a teen idol before a highly public fall, is releasing an album one more time.
Spears announced Wednesday that her ninth album, "Glory," will come out on August 26.
"My new album and the beginning of a new era," Spears wrote on Twitter.
Spears last month released a first song, "Make Me...," a steamy track with a touch of tropical house music and a contribution by the rapper G-Eazy.
"Glory" will be Spears' first album since 2013's "Britney Jean," which largely kept her signature pop sound and was her lowest-charting album to date.
The former child star became one of the top-selling artists of the late 1990s with tracks such as "...Baby One More Time" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again," whose clean-cut pop production belied the undertones of uninhibited teenage sexuality.
But her messy personal life quickly eclipsed her music career. She had a highly public breakup with fellow star Justin Timberlake, married twice in 2005 alone and was caught on camera nearly dropping one of her two children off her lap while driving.
But the now 34-year-old has found more stability with a residency show in Las Vegas, which debuted in late 2013.
Britney Spears Announces New Album Glory(Cover) Britney Spears got to "Work" – and the wait for her new album is almost over.
On Wednesday, the pop star, 34, announced that her ninth album, Glory, will be released on Aug 26.
"#Glory. My new album & the beginning of a new era. Available 8/26 on @AppleMusic. Pre-order tonight at midnight ET," Spears, 34, tweeted alongside the forthcoming LP's album art.
Spears' new record is just the latest feat in her ongoing comeback tour. Following a show-stopping medley of hits at the Billboard Music Awards – where she took home the Millennium award – in May, the performer released her latest single, the G-Eazy collaboration "Make Me," last month.
"My sister is in a badass place right now," Spears' younger sibling, country singer Jamie Lynn Spears, told PEOPLE in June. "I think we need to focus on what an amazing place everyone is in, especially her. She's kicking ass right now!"
Aside from last year's Iggy Azalea duet ''Pretty Girls'' and a Smurfs 2 soundtrack contribution ("Ooh La La"), Spears hasn't released new tunes since her 2013 album Britney Jean, which generated the smash hit "Work Bitch."
In addition to her ever-growing fragrance empire, Spears keeps busy with her Las Vegas residency, Piece of Me, at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater when she's not spending quality time with her two sons, Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9.
Kicking off her promotion cycle for Glory, Spears will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night in a taped segment in which – like Rihanna did earlier this year – she'll crash the late-night host's bedroom while he's asleep.
Britney Spears Might Be Ready to Find Love Again, Despite History of ''Horrible Relationships''Britney Spears may have a rocky history when it comes to romance, but that's not stopping her from continuing on in her quest for love.
The 34-year-old singer sat down with Australian radio show Rove & Sam on Hit 104.1 this week and explained, "Unfortunately I am...I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love."
She admitted that she's been through the ringer of "horrible relationships," and while she may be a bit more reserved due to that, she still believes she'll find the one.
"I still believe in love and that sort of thing," she said. "But, I think you should protect your heart and stuff like that. But yeah I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love."
So what kind of person would make the Princess of Pop fall again? Another hopeless romantic!
"I like cheesy," she said, revealing she still loves a good ol' love song mixtape. "I think cheesy is so sweet and nice."
Brit didn't harp on her previous relationships, but due to her major celebrity status, we've seen all the twists and turns of her love life.
She fell in love for the first time in the spotlight with Justin Timberlake, but after a few years together, the pair broke things off. While she dated several celebrities after that—and even found herself in one 55-hour marriage— her most serious relationship came when she dated and then married backup dancer Kevin Federline in 2004.
The couple had two sons together, Sean Preston and Jayden James, but ended up getting divorced three years later.
Her next serious relationship was with former agent Jason Trawick. They dated from 2009 to 2013, ending their engagement because they "wanted different things."
BritBrit went on to date David Lucado, a bartender from Thousand Oaks, Calif., who reportedly cheated on her. They ended their relationship after a year.
Finally, the Princess of Pop's last relationship was with producer Charlie Ebersol. They lasted 8 months, splitting up in June 2015.
Britney Spears Is 'Unfortunately' a Hopeless Romantic, Despite 'Horrible' Past RelationshipsBritney Spears is still looking for love, and truly believes she'll find it.
"Unfortunately, I am [a hopeless romantic]," she revealed to Australian radio show Rove and Sam on Hit 104.1. "I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love."
The "Make Me" singer admitted that she's "been through horrible relationships," without delving into a detailed romantic history, which has included a Vegas wedding and broken engagement.
The 34-year-old and childhood friend Jason Alexander tied the knot at a Vegas wedding chapel in 2004. The marriage lasted a scant 55 hours.
Later that year, Spears married backup dancer Kevin Federline. The couple welcomed sons Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9, before splitting in November 2006.
Spears has since been engaged to Jason Trawick, and found brief romance with producer Charlie Ebersol in 2015.
"I still believe in love and that sort of thing," she said. "But, I think you should protect your heart and stuff like that."
So what's the key to Spears' heart? Old-fashioned wooing, she says, giving her approval to even a love song mixtape.
"I like cheesy," she said. "I think cheesy is so sweet and nice."
Spears, who is currently still headlining her own Vegas show, told PEOPLE last year that she wants to get married again, admitting, "I believe in the fairy tale."
Britney Spears Opens Up About Her 20th Fragrance and Her Favorite Food to Cook with Her Sons (Cue All the Feels)This is the story about a girl named…Britney. In 2004, she launched her first fragrance, Curious. The next year came her follow-up, Fantasy, for which there have been more than a dozen remixes from the artist, including an after-hours adaptation (Midnight Fantasy), as well as Naughty and Nice interpretations and yes, even Anniversary and Intimate Editions (as if the aforementioned Midnight version wasn’t sensual enough). From 2010 to 2011 the star went through a reflective phase, so to speak, releasing Radiance and Cosmic Radiance back-to-back. And let us never forget Believe, promoted with the powerful tagline: “The greatest freedom is to believe in yourself.”
All in all, Spears has created 19 scents ranging from sweet to grown and sexy. (The complete list more delightfully dizzying than spraying all of them at once, we’re certain.) And like her music catalogue, her fragrance library is full of hits — the debut alone has reportedly sold over 500 million bottles in a decade on shelves. And now:
It’s Britney’s 20th fragrance, b—-!
Private Show, inspired by Spears’ adoration of dance and stage, is “really unique and special,” she tells PeopleStyle. Given the scent’s influence, it was only fitting she announced the release in the midst of her Las Vegas residency in June.
To celebrate the epic achievement, Spears filled in our burning questions about beauty, all those bathing suit selfies and her beloved boys, Sean Preston, 10, and Jayden James, 9.
My favorite note in this new scent is…“The coffee note because iced coffee is my go-to drink before a long day of rehearsals.”
My biggest beauty splurge is…“A Facial. I love a great Oxygen facial.”
My favorite discovery in a Las Vegas casino is…“A dark chocolate & sea salt candy bar.”
My guilty pleasure food, even when I’m prepping for my Piece of Me performances, is…“Crawfish because it reminds me of home.”
Of all the looks I’ve worn over the years, the one I’ll keep forever is…“‘…Baby One More Time’ because it’s what really started it all.”
I love to show my swimsuits off because…“I’m a lover of water.”
My most treasured item is…“My boys! Self-explanatory.”
My favorite food to cook with my sons is…“Probably tacos. They are just simple, fun and they love them.”
The best compliment that my sons have ever given me is…“That they love me.”
The best thing about being 34 is…“Everything.”
U2, Drake, Britney Spears to perform at iHeartRadio festivalU2, Drake, Britney Spears and Sting will perform at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in September.
Sia, Billy Idol, Ariana Grande, Usher, Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line will also perform during the two-day event at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 23-24, iHeartMedia announced Monday.
Tickets go on sale Saturday. Pitbull, Zedd, twenty one pilots, OneRepublic, Cage the Elephant and Tears for Fears will also perform on the main stage.
The festival will also include its daytime performances, dubbed Daytime Village, at the Las Vegas Village. It will feature Sam Hunt, Panic! at the Disco, Alessia Cara, Troye Sivan, Hailee Steinfeld, Good Charlotte, Jeremih and Bryson Tiller.
The CW Network will air a two-day televised special on Oct. 6-7.
Britney Spears Gives an Extended Tease of Her Sexy 'Private Show'Britney Spears Gives an Extended Tease of Her Sexy 'Private Show': Watch.
Britney Spears, Pink, Selena Gomez Join 'Hands' for Orlando: How the All-Star Song Came to LifeJennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Juanes, Pink, Mary J. Blige, Selena Gomez and Britney Spears are among 24 artists featured on a new recording to raise money for victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre.
The all-star release, "Hands" -- a charity single from Interscope Records with support from GLAAD -- was conceived by hit songwriter Justin Tranter, co-writer of Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and hits for Gomez, DNCE, Fall Out Boy and Stefani. The June 12 slaughter at the gay nightclub in Orlando, which killed 49 people and injured 53, is the most deadly mass shooting in American history and the deadliest act of violence against the LGBT community. Funds from the song will aid families with medical care, counseling and will also be used for education.
"Like the rest of the world I woke up to the news that morning and was horrified and sad and scared," says Tranter, 36, who has raised money and awareness for LGBT causes since coming out at age 14.
"Hands" arrives tonight on iTunes. Proceeds will be distributed by Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD.
The idea for the all-star project came together one day after the shooting.
L.A.-based Tranter and songwriting partner Julia Michaels had been on the road with Gomez writing songs aboard her tour bus in Miami the weekend of June 11 when news of the bloodshed prompted Tranter to switch course. That afternoon he signed on as a volunteer at The Center Orlando, the region's chief LGBT community center.
"I called them and said, 'If I fly up is there something for me to help with?'" he tells Billboard. "They say, 'We need as many hands as we can possibly get.'"
"Hands" took hold the next day when Tranter met GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis who had arrived at the center from New York.
Beyond their immediate efforts -- distributing food and water and GLAAD's work with media -- both were looking to make contributions that would have ongoing benefits. They point out that the massacre was also a profound attack on people of color, as that Saturday evening had been a popular "Latin Night" at Pulse. Most of the victims were of Latin heritage and Ellis says she does not want that point forgotten.
"When you hear the song it talks about hate being the driver here," she says, "and that's important because we have to be able to identify what's driving these cruel acts in order to stop them. Artists using their platforms to accelerate acceptance is very powerful."
Aligning with Interscope for the release, Tranter, GLAAD and Interscope president of A&R Aaron Bay-Schuck put the word out that a fundraiser was in the works. Within days artists from all spheres of the business had lined up -- also among them Halsey, Ty Herndon, Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, Adam Lambert, The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, MNEK, Alex Newell, Mary Lambert, Prince Royce, Jussie Smollett, Nate Ruess and RuPaul -- all recording separately from their homes, local studios, touring locations or wherever they happened to be at that moment.
"We assigned everybody what we thought would be the best part for their voice," Tranter says, "and we asked them all to sing an additional part, just in case. But everybody got it done in time so we ended up with extra vocals."
In Los Angeles "Interscope let us use their studio," he notes. "Mary J. Blige recorded in New Orleans. Britney Spears in Thousand Oaks, I think. Pink in Santa Barbara. MNEK recorded at home in London. Selena recorded in her studio bus. Dan Reynolds recorded in his home. Adam Lambert was in Luxembourg. Ty Herndon the country star was in Spain. Kacey Musgraves, Nashville. Everyone just got it done."
Another goal of the record, according to GLAAD, is to fund educational programs.
"This was an American guy who was born in Queens," Ellis says of the gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, who was killed by police after a three hour stand-off. "He learned that hate here in America. This happened on American soil, against a particular community."
While politicians and lobbyists have focused in recent weeks on Islamic terror and familiar narratives about gun ownership, Ellis, Tranter and others in the LGBT community want people to remember that this was a hate crime.
"I'm not educated enough to speak on the political details," Tranter says. I'm a songwriter, not a politician. It could have been a million things but clearly, 100 percent, this was an attack on the LGBT community and people of color."
"Hands" grew out of an unfinished piece that Tranter, Michaels and co-writer and producer BloodPop (formerly known as Blood Diamonds) had been working on and then shelved.
"The song didn't ever finish itself and it didn't ever feel right," Tranter says of their initial efforts. "Now we know why."
Mark Ronson also co-produced, while vocal engineer Benjamin Rice finessed the disparate tracks: "He helped us find the structure and make sense of it all."
Warner/Chappell publishing executive Katie Vinten brought in numerous artists, among them P!nk, whom Tranter calls "a lifesaver," adding, "Her vocal on the chorus is like from heaven directly."
Spears opens the song with the plaintive line, "Can hold a gun or a hold a heart." RuPaul is heard quietly toward the end, saying "take my hand baby."
The songwriters had no specific plan as they entered the studio -- only that they didn't want the piece "to ever sound dated."
"We didn't want to have any trendy electronic elements," Tranter notes. "We wanted it to sound classic, timeless and human. We want this anthem of positivity to be played for years to come."
Download "Hands" here at iTunes and stream the song here.
By Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter and BloodPop
Can hold a gun
Skin and bones
Cus they can hurt
I've been watching news
They can hurt
If a million hands can build a wall
Can hold a gun
I've been watching news
If a million hands can build a wall
That Time Britney Spears Wanted a Selfie With Ed O'Neill and He Had No Idea It Was HerEd O'Neill has likely taken hundreds of selfies with young, starstruck, blond fans. It just so happened that, unbeknownst to O'Neill at the time, one of those fans was Britney Spears.
"I didn't know it was her," the Modern Family star told Ellen DeGeneres about the only-could-happen-to-a-sitcom-legend moment in an interview airing on Monday's Ellen.
The moment happened at LAX as O'Neill was waiting to board a flight to Hawaii. "She came up and said oh Mr. O'Neill I love Modern Family," he recalled. You're my favorite on the show. And I was like, 'Well I'm here, I'm the only one here'...you know."
After sufficiently fawning over the actor, Spears secured the photo her inner fan-girl so desperately wanted.
Luckily, that wasn't the end of it. Spears of course tweeted the photo of herself with O'Neill, captioning it, "Fancy running into this guy! Such a sweetheart!!"
In the pic the smiling Spears is sitting next to a cross-legged O'Neill, who was sporting a Modern Family headband. If only Britney had been wearing such identifiable gear!
It wasn't until the next day that O'Neill realized his oversight. The 70-year-old actor told DeGeneres, "My manager texts me and goes, 'What is this? 53,000 likes. It's Britney Spears'… I mean. Look at the look on my face. Do I look like I'm sitting with Britney Spears?"
He does look decidedly not thrilled—but what a story!
Additionally, Ed and Ellen spoke on their respective roles in the hotly anticipated Finding Dory, out in theaters June 17.
The voices of Hank and Dory, respectively, agreed that the film had been a roughly three-year effort.
"You make $9.00 as well, right?" Ellen teased.
The actor replied, "I make $8.50."
She countered, "$8.50… well, I'm the star, so $9.00 an hour," sending the crowd into hysterics.
Britney Spears Reveals Secret to Her Hot Body—and Her Cheat Foods!Britney Spears is looking hotter than ever.
Did you see her bod when she performed on the Billboard Music Awards? How about the bikini shots she's always posting on Instagram? And then there are her barely there outfits in the music video for her upcoming new single "Make Me"!
"I run a lot, I swim a lot and I dance a lot, too," the pop megastar and mother of two told me during E! News' exclusive "Make Me" video set visit. "We had three hours of rehearsal yesterday."
But that doesn't mean she doesn't indulge in some cheat foods. "Tacos, pizza and ice cream," Spears, 34, beamed. "I love sweets. I love Oreo Blasts—they're the best!" (Brit may have been referring to Dairy Queen's Oreo Blizzard—but no matter, because an Oreo treat by any other name tastes as sweet.)
Just yesterday, Spears posted a video on Instagram showing her and her manager Larry Rudolph doing 30 pushups. In an Instagram pic last week with her hunky shirtless dancers, the "Toxic" singer dons a strappy leather S&M-like number. In another, with her "Make Me" collaborator G-Eazy," Brit wears a genie-inspired piece reminiscent of her "I'm a Slave 4 U" outfit.
When we chatted, she was wearing a nude bodysuit with a black lace overlay and thigh-high boots.
Brit joked, "This is just what I'm wearing to go eat lunch."
"Make Me" is expected to be released next month followed by Britney's new "chill" album dropping in the fall.
Britney Spears Teases New Album, Shoots Music Video With G-EazyBritney Spears is ready to give birth—to her new album.
"It's very exciting," the pop music megastar told me earlier today. "I've been working on this project for a year and a half now, almost two years so it really means a lot to me. It's my baby."
What should we expect? "It's a little melodic, a little more not so poppy," Brit said of what will be her ninth studio album. "It's kind of chill. Very chill."
I caught up with Spears exclusively on the set of her music video for the album's first single, "Make Me (Oooh)," a collaboration with rapper G-Eazy.
Directed by David LaChapelle, expect to see lots of skin. In a pic that Spears posted on Instagram of her and G-Eazy, she showed off her killer body in a barely there ensemble.
When we chatted, Spears, 34, was wearing a nude bodysuit with a black lace overlay and thigh-high boots. "This is just what I'm wearing to go eat lunch," she joked.
"Make Me (Oooh)" will likely drop next month followed by the full album in the fall.
Spears recently wowed her fans by performing a medley of her hits at the Billboard Music Awards. Later in the show, she was presented with the Billboard Millennium Award.
The singer's playlist these days may not be what you'd expect. "I'm old school. I like classic rock," she said. "I like The Rolling Stones. The Lumineers are really cool. Sade is nice. I like 80s music, too."
Can we just back up for a second and suggest that Spears collaborate with Mick Jagger?
Start me up, indeed! (Spears did include her rendition of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on her second studio album.)
Here's the First Look Inside Britney Spears' New ''American Dream'' Mobile Game(Pic) This is Britney Spears like we've never seen her!
The pop star shared a photo of her new mobile game on Twitter earlier today, giving fans a glimpse inside what they can expect from Glu's latest endeavor, Britney Spears: American Dream.
The "Toxic" singer posted her avatar alongside the teaser caption, "Coming soon…"
The 34-year-old appears to be wearing the same black suit that she wore when she was presented with the key to the city of Las Vegas back in November 2014, shortly before her residency began in Sin City.
The game was exclusively previewed on Google Play earlier today, after being soft launched in New Zealand and other parts of the globe for several months now, and is already a surefire hit with Spears' legions of fans everywhere.
And while there's no official release date just yet, Spears' fans can pre-register for the real deal by May 16.
Brit Brit follows in the footsteps of Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Kim Kardashian, who have all launched successful mobile games with the mobile developer.
Britney Spears Pens Emotional Mother's Day Letter to Her Two Sons: "I Pray You Find Your Dreams"Britney Spears is starting the Mother's Day celebrations early!
Instead of being showered with love from Jayden and Preston, the singer has decided to pen an emotional letter dedicated to her two special boys.
"You are my masterpieces. From the day I saw the most precious eyes, I believed in miracles to the core," she wrote in a post published on Time magazine's website. "Such a gift God has given me, exploring in your beautiful worlds every day. I pray as a mother I teach you strength and passion to carry through the struggles in the world. Most battles will always be won on your knees. I pray you find your dreams."
She continued, "God always comes to us in tiny whispers. I pray you always find his whisper and understand the true meaning behind following your inner voice as well."
Fans of the singer have been able to witness the bond between Britney and her sons on social media.
Whether enjoying no homework days close to home or soaking up the sun far away on vacation, this family appears to make the most of their time together.
And as Britney prepares to receive the Millennium Award at the 2016 Billboard Awards, the Las Vegas performer hopes her boys can accomplish whatever dreams they will develop.
"Always believe in yourself and know anything is possible. I pray dreaming awakens your soul to limitless possibilities. I hope the most precious mysteries of life stay with you always and you are never ashamed of how bright your light truly is," Britney shared. "I hope you learn praying alone is when you are most connected to God, and know you are never alone. He is with you always."
She concluded, "I pray you laugh, love and soar through your journey of life."
Britney Spears: Appeals Court Says ... She Was a Drug AbuserBritney Spears not only had mental issues that landed her in a psych ward ... she was a drug abuser ... so says the California Court of Appeals.
It's pretty shocking, but new legal docs filed by Britney's own team include a 2015 decision by the appeals court which lays out Britney's struggles back in 2007 - 2008 in graphic detail.
The trigger for the new docs is an impending deposition in a case that squares Britney against her former friend and manager Sam Lutfi. Lutfi's team is about to take Britney's deposition, and her people filed a motion to keep him out of the room. The docs Britney's people filed included the 2015 decision.
The Court of Appeals chronicled the drama between Britney and Sam. The judges say when Britney and Sam met in 2007 her life was in turmoil. She was involved in a divorce, a custody battle and estranged from her parents. The judges add, "In addition, she was struggling with drug abuse."
The judges say Sam advised Britney about "the importance of getting clean." Britney's family claims Sam was actually the one who fueled her with drugs.
According to the judges, Britney asked Sam to manage her, and he accepted with 2 conditions -- she'd let him assemble a team, and she'd stop abusing drugs. He also insisted on the right to use drug sniffing dogs to make sure she stayed clean.
The judges say despite Britney's promises, she continued to abuse drugs. It got so dire at one point Britney ended up sleeping in a parking lot. That also happens to be the day she lost custody of her 2 kids.
The good news ... after Britney's dad, Jamie, won a conservatorship, she stabilized and has become extremely productive in her career and she's become an attentive, caring parent.
Britney Spears selling $9M Mediterranean mansionBritney Spears is swapping her estates in Thousand Oaks, CA. Just months after purchasing a $7.4 million Italian-style villa in the mountainside California community, the chanteuse listed her former five-bedroom home for $9 million.
Built in 2010, the estate mixes modern and Spanish styles. Marble enthusiasts will adore the all-white kitchen, which has two islands that could take up most of a city block. The copper chandelier adds a hint of old-world style to the contemporary home. And with a long hallway-style pantry, buyers can stow away enough food to feed a small army.
It wouldn’t be a Spears’ home without entertainment options galore. You can choose from a movie in the plush theater (with white carpets, of course) or a round of pingpong in the game room.
The highlight of the near-acre lot is the infinity pool, which offers jaw-dropping, 180-degree views of the Santa Monica Mountains—along with plenty of poolside loungers if you’re eager for a tan without taking a dip.
Britney Spears Enjoys a Spa Day With Sister Jamie Lynn In Hawaii(Pic) Sisters that spa together!
Britney Spears and younger sister Jamie Lynn enjoyed a relaxing day of massages and pampering on Wednesday.
"Best spa day with the best little sister," Spears, 34, sweetly captioned a photo of the both of them wearing white robes while standing near a massage bed.
The "Oops I Did It Again" singer has been vacationing with her family – including sons Sean, 10, and Jayden, 9 – in Hawaii for the past couple of days.
Spears kicked off her sunny getaway by posing in her tiny, blue bikini, all while showcasing her stellar abs.
The "Work Bitch" singer is currently taking advantage of the time off she has from her Las Vegas show Piece of Me, which she revamped with new costumes, choreography and an updated set list earlier this year.