Spears reportedly checked herself into a facility in late March to get treatment for mental health issues, which are said to have been triggered by her father Jamie’s battle with colon cancer. The singer emerged from the facility over Easter weekend to spend time with boyfriend Sam Asghari in Beverly Hills. Meanwhile, fans carrying “Free Britney” signs protested outside City Hall in West Hollywood on Monday to demand her permanent release from the facility, which they charge she has entered against her wishes.
Her former manager, Sam Lufti, also weighed in on the situation, calling for her father to be removed as her conservator — referencing rumors that he is the one who demanded she get treatment — and saying that the “Stronger” singer looked “terrified and aberrant” during her Easter outing.
Others have accused Spears’s younger sister, former Nickelodeon star Jamie Lynn Spears, of not doing enough to support the star. “Do something for the woman who gave you everything!” one fan tweeted, while another claimed that Jamie Lynn cares more about money than her sister’s wellbeing.
Jamie Lynn finally addressed the criticism in a post shared on social media late Monday night.
The younger Spears posted video footage of her fending off a swarm of paparazzi amid the hoopla surrounding big sister’s mental breakdown in 2008. In the footage, a woman can be heard shouting, “No one wants you in this neighborhood!” An annoyed Jamie Lynn fires back, “Well then move the f**k out!”
She’s just as protective of her sister — and as dismissive of critics and gossip-mongers, particularly those blaming her.
“10 years ago, who was there??” Jamie Lynn wrote. “I have been here long before anyone else, and I’ll be here long after. I love my sister with everything I have. So, anyone or anything that speaks to the contrary can GTFOH with all the comments about what you don’t understand.
“Do not come for me or the ones I love anymore. You can move the ‘blank’ outta here with all that, just like this other lady who was running her mouth.”
The sisters’ mother, Lynne Spears, responded to the post with a flurry of red heart emojis. Other fans offered words of support.
“This is the most honest statement to come from her people since all of this went down,” read one comment. “Thank you. Sending Britney so much light and love. And you’re right — there’s a lot we don’t know. And it’s none of our business.”
“Sorry for all the people being rude to you,” wrote another fan. “The majority of us just hope Britney is alright, and I completely understand that you have your own family and children that you need to be there for. Don’t let the rude fans get to you!”
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