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A new documentary about Britney Spears has been making headlines since it aired in the US recently.
Framing Britney Spears tracks the highs and lows of Britney’s career, including her 2008 breakdown and the conservatorship she was subsequently placed under, has been talked about for the last week.
Britney herself broke her silence following the release of the controversial documentary about her life. Here is everything you need to know about the documentary as it is set to air in the UK…
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When will Framing Britney Spears be released in the UK?
Framing Britney Spears will be available in the UK from 9pm on Tuesday 16th February.
How can you watch Framing Britney Spears?
The controversial documentary will be available on Sky Documentaries and NOW TV from 9pm on Tuesday 16th February.
Announcing the airing of the documentary, Sky TV tweeted: “Britney Spears' father has been in control of her life since 2008. Now her lawyer & a tribe of loyal fans are campaigning to #FreeBritney from a court-sanctioned conservatorship. Watch #FramingBritneySpears on Sky Documentaries and @NOWTV, 16 February, 9pm.”
What is Framing Britney Spears about?
Framing Britney Spears tracks Britney’s rise to fame in the nineties and tracks her career and personal life through to her well-publicised breakdown in 2008.
However, the main focus of the documentary is the court-mandated conservatorship that Britney was placed under when she went through mental health struggles.
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What is a conservatorship?
After Britney went through a public breakdown in 2008, she was placed under a conservatorship, meaning her dad is in charge of making decisions surrounding her finances and work commitments.
It was revealed last year that the …Baby One More Time hitmaker had launched a campaign to remove her father Jamie Spears as the conservator of her and her estate, which has become the subject of the new documentary.
What has Britney Spears said about Framing Britney Spears?
Britney has stayed quiet on the matter, which kickstarted a movement named #FreeBritney by her fans, but has broken her silence following the airing of the documentary.
She shared a video of herself performing her hit single Toxic during her Piece Of Me Las Vegas residency with her 27.5million Instagram followers alongside a lengthy statement.
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The star wrote: "Can't believe this performance of Toxic is from 3 years ago!!!
"I'll always love being on stage…. but I am taking the time to learn and be a normal person…..
"I love simply enjoying the basics of every day life!!!!," she sweetly continued.
"Each person has their story and their take on other people's stories!!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives!!!
"Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens."
Britney’s statement comes after her boyfriend Sam Asghari took to social media to blast Britney's dad.
He wrote in a damning post to his 1.5million followers: "Now it's important for people to understand that I have zero respect for someone trying to control our relationship and constantly throwing obstacles our way.
"In my opinion Jamie is a total d**k. I won't be going into details because I've always respected our privacy but at the same time I didn't come to this country to not e able to express my opinion and freedom."
What has Justin Timberlake said about Framing Britney Spears?
Given that he dated Britney for years as both of the singers rose to fame, archive footage of Justin talking about his relationship with Britney has been used within the documentary. Following its release in the US last week, Justin Timberlake has spoken out and apologised about his treatment of Britney, as well as Janet Jackson.
Justin, who dated Britney from 1998 until 2002, posted an apologetic statement on his Instagram feed on 12 February, admitting that as a white male he had benefited from an industry "that condones misogyny and racism".
He wrote: "I've seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problems, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right.
"I understand that I feel short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism."
He went on to address both Britney, 39, as well as Janet Jackson, 54, who was "cancelled" by the media when her breast was accidentally exposed during a halftime show with Justin at the 2004 Superbowl.
While both stars apologised for the wardrobe malfunction on stage, Janet took a massive career hit from the incident that caused negative publicity. She was fined and blacklisted by US radio and MTV.
Justin continued in his statement: "I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed."
The TV personality, who recently welcomed his second son with wife Jessica Biel, went on: "I also feel compelled to respond, in part, because everyone involved deserved better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be part of and grow from…
"The industry is flawed. It sets men, especially white men, up for success.
"It's designed this way. As a man in a privileged position I have to be vocal about this.
"Because of my ignorance, I didn't recognize it for all that it was while it was happening in my own life but I do not want to ever benefit from others being pulled down again.
"I have not been perfect in navigating all of this throughout my career. I know this apology is a first step and doesn't absolve the past. I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports.
"I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better," he concluded.
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