American pop star Britney Spears has long been embroiled in a legal dispute over her business and personal affairs. The Princess of Pop's career has been in the hands of legal guardians in an arrangement known as a conservatorship since she faced a mental health crisis 12 years ago. A grassroots movement of fans, known as the FreeBritney campaign, has backed her legal fight to regain autonomy over her affairs. The latest court hearing in the case saw a judge reject a request by Spears's father to exert greater control over her finances. The prolonged legal row has gained renewed attention following the release of a documentary which centres on the conflict over the singer's guardianship.
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Pop star Britney Spears has announced that she is taking an "indefinite" break from work. Spears made the decision in order to focus on her father Jamie's health, as he recovers from a recent life-threatening illness. I will not be performing my new show Domination. A couple of months ago, my father 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. More information on ticket refunds is available on britneyspears.
Britney Spears: What is conservatorship?
Why don't they just let me live? More than 15 years on, in the week that a new documentary, Framing Britney Spears, aired in the US, those words are echoing once again. The New York Times film turns the spotlight on the singer's treatment by the press before her public breakdown in and the ongoing dispute over her conservatorship - an arrangement that means she doesn't control many aspects of her own life and career. The documentary has led to renewed criticism about her treatment within the bubble of 00s celebrity culture, and has sparked some soul-searching in the media.
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