Big news last week was that Britney Spears is “free” from the conservatorship her father controls.
People are compassionate. They empathize with Britney. They know how they’d feel in her situation. I empathize with her father. At least, I can see what’s motivating him.
Let’s re-cast this. Let’s say it’s Bill Gates, drop-out, fresh out of his garage holding a floppy with MS-DOS, and he’s earned scads of money from his talent. Then he becomes seriously, self-admittedly, bipolar. (Symptom one: spending 30 million dollars to build a state-of-the 1990s-era mansion.)
Pretend that Bill’s parents become concerned because their son’s doing all the Bipolar Type 1 things: spending money recklessly, being paranoid, and especially, having random sex.
The random sex is a concern because, I swear, the Tinder scam artists target mentally ill people. “I can’t wait for our date” followed by, “I was on my way over and this police officer has arrested me for no reason and wants five grand to let me go, can you PayPal me?”
Wouldn’t they need to look at Bill’s texts? Especially the ones that say, “Stop listening to your parents, marry me and I’ll make you happy. No pre-nup, though.”
Someday I will have to turn off CNN when they are shocked to report Britney is penniless and in the hospital because she got in a fist fight with some random paramour whom she claims is a spy from Mars, and there was no conservatorship to save her from herself. They’ll probably say that the new situation is her father’s fault too.
Speaking of fathers, I empathize with Britney’s kids, too. Being raised by someone more emotionally unstable than you are — when you are six — is not healthy. Britney is unhappy because she can’t be with her kids whenever she pleases. I’m glad she isn’t frustrated enough to cut off all contact in that situation, like Jerry did. Like mentally ill people do, sometimes.
Untreated mental illness jacks with your family enough without having media outlets come in and play one side over the other.
I understand she’s still got someone providing some kind of conservatorship. I honestly hope someone is vetting her friends.