Maybe this wasn’t always the case, but ever since her very public breakdown Britney hasn’t quite been the same. We all remember that strange VMA performance of “Gimme More” where she half-heartedly danced and shimmied, leaving audiences awe-struck at just how much she seemed to not want to be there.
When her next album Circus dropped, with the awesome videos for “Womanizer”, “Circus”, and the infamous, “If You Seek Amy”, I was sure the old Britney was back.
I shelled out almost 100 bucks to see her in concert on the Circus Tour. Did she dance?! Nope. Did she sing? Nope. So what did she do? She mostly just walked back and forth across the stage without enthusiasm.
Britney Spears Then vs. Now
Britney hasn’t lost her ability. She has lost her heart.
Look, I know anything I am saying is pure speculation, but I know so much about Brit-Brit. I’ve written more than one college paper on her and the perils of fame–call me obsessed. (No really, call me obsessed.)
I can only suggest that the fact that she began dancing at three and booked her first talent agent at eight shows that she had no choice in pursuing this kind of career. Both her mom and dad are so heavily involved in her decision making that I can’t help but feel they used their daughters (Jamie Lynn Spears as well) as moneymakers. After Brit’s breakdown she was placed under a conservatorship that still has not been lifted. This means that the courts decided she was “mentally unfit” to manager herself so her father and lawyer have control of her assets. Yeah, that’s all of her money, property, contracts, and career.
Britney isn’t legally allowed to make any decisions regarding her entire life.
Child stars with questionable parents are nothing new. The thing is, we accuse Dina and Michael Lohan of being bad parents (which they are) but that’s only because Lindsay has had such a turbulent relationship with fame. We never question the parenting motives of those who have successful careers. Success (or money) is just an excuse for pushing a young, vulnerable kid into the celebrity freakshow.
I’m not saying talented kids aren’t totally excited to be singers and actresses–who wouldn’t be? But the more you’re “in the game” so to speak, the harder it is to get out. Think of all the contracts, all the people that you employee (dancers, producers, agents, etc.) who rely on you, your family is counting on you, the public is watching you–it’s an impossible thing to quit. The younger you are when you’re pushed into it, the harder it becomes to get out.
Britney was just 16 when she became a superstar almost overnight. Her whole life is fame, she knows nothing else, it’s only natural she have a breakdown, but it’s only natural she doesn’t know how to quit.
She openly discussed her sadness in Britney Spears: For The Record. Britney says her life is, “Too in control. There’s no excitement. There’s no passion. It’s like Ground Hog Day everyday.”
Britney Spears: For The Record
I wish her “handlers” and managers would just let her quit. Just let her be free. We have six albums, a ton of videos and live performances to remember her EPIC greatness. Though it seemed ridiculous when Chris Crocker said it at the time, but now, seriously–leave Britney alone!
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