Free Britney Spears: Why This Movement Has Become Viral

Aymes Sarah
7 min readJul 14, 2020

A timeline of Britney’s struggles and why the popstar’s fanbase is worried

Photograph Credit: Matthias Wagner on Unsplash

Britney Spears is a 38-year-old American popstar who performed in “The Mickey Mouse Club” television show at the tender age of eleven. Subsequently, she rose to an astronomical level of fame in 1997 with her hit song “Hit Me Baby One More Time” at the age of 16.

Unlike many stars who became famous in the 1990s and 2000s, Britney stayed relevant for the duration of her career despite her many hardships along the way.

According to her dedicated fans, Britney Spears needs our help now.

Before I explain the “Free Britney” movement, I will give you a brief “history lesson”.

Partying too Hard

In 2006, Britney’s personal struggles became evident to the public. She was photographed looking gaunt and partying with socialite Paris Hilton and actress Lindsey Lohan.

Lohan and Hilton were known for drug use and heavy drinking at the time.

This era of Britney’s life could’ve been her “blowing off steam” as young people do after a hard day of work.

Hollywood stars are known to go to extremes with their drug and alcohol use but some young people have an experimental partying phase in their twenties.

The “Headshaving Incident”

The next shocking incident occurred in February 2007 after she fled rehab in Antigua, California, and turned up at her ex-husband Kevin Federline’s house, demanding to see their sons Sean and Jayden.

When Federline said no, Britney took off to find a beauty parlor for a new look.

Britney walked into a salon in Tarzana, California, and asked a hairdresser to shave her head. When the owner of the salon refused to comply with Britney’s demands, a wide-eyed Britney grabbed the hair shears and said “Then I’ll do it”.

Paparazzi photographed the display of rebellion and it made worldwide headlines.

After Britney left the hair salon, she headed to a tattoo parlor in Sherman Oaks, California. According to an employee of the tattoo shop, the tattooist asked Britney why she shaved…

Aymes Sarah

Wife, mother, and researcher of a myriad of subjects. I love to write about anything and everything! Writer for The Startup, Better Marketing, & The Ascent👊