Britney Spears' Friend Lance Bass Is Demanding Answers About Her Father
Spears' longtime friend is questioning her dad's role in her conservatorship.
Amid a barrage of headlines involving her conservatorship, Lance Bass is showing Britney Spears some support. In a post on his Facebook page, the former *NSYNC singer questioned why Spears' dad, Jamie Spears, is still in charge of her conservatorship, which is the subject of the new documentary Framing Britney Spears, which was released on Hulu and FX on Feb. 5.
Bass and Spears have been friends ever since they became hugely famous pop stars in the early aughts. With the new documentary examining the legal situation surrounding Spears' 13-year conservatorship, the #FreeBritney movement, and everything that led to her current position, celebrities from Bass to Cher to Bette Midler are standing up for the singer. Read on to see what Bass had to say about his friend, and for more from those close to Spears, check out Britney Spears' Boyfriend Just Slammed Her Dad on Instagram.
Bass says it's clear Britney's father is "unfit to be in charge of her."
Spears is currently taking legal action to request that her father no longer be one of her conservators. Jamie has been a conservator since 2008, following psychiatric issues that Spears experienced, and is in charge of her finances. Initially, he was the conservator of her person as well as her finances, meaning he was also in charge of other decisions, including those involving her health. Framing Britney Spears looks into Jamie's role as the conservator and the requests Spears has made to have this changed.
In his post, Bass wrote, "So what IS the excuse given by the courts to keep Jamie Spears on as conservatorship?? If every single person agrees he is unfit to be in charge of her, then why is it so hard to find an independent person to be responsible? Please someone explain!"
Bass' *NSYNC bandmate and Spears ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake has also become part of the conversation. Find out Why Everyone's Mad at Justin Timberlake Right Now.
He's previously said, "We should definitely listen to [Britney]."
In a Dec. 2020 interview with Australia's Today Extra, Bass commented on Spears' conservatorship and said she should be heard. "We should definitely listen to her, and if she wants out of this conservatorship with her dad controlling it, then we should listen to her," Bass said (via Us Weekly). "I don't know the specifics of her situation and if she should be out of a conservatorship. But the thing I've told the fans out there is I don't know. I have no idea what's really going on."
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Bass trusts that Spears' sister is doing the right thing.
In the Today Extra interview, Bass said that he believes Spears' sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, will make sure her sister's best interests are taken care of. "I do trust her sister, Jamie Lynn," Bass said. "And as long as Jamie Lynn is cool with whatever she's doing, I mean, I have to be."
Bass had made a similar statement previously. In a Sept. 2020 interview with Entertainment Tonight, he said, "I have talked to Jamie Lynn recently, which is why I feel so much better about this situation. They aren't as worried as we are." He added, "We just have to trust that the loved ones around her are doing the right thing."
And for another aspect of the Framing Britney Spears documentary that has people fired up, check out This Diane Sawyer Interview With Britney Spears Has People Outraged.
Bass has said Spears was there for him during a difficult time in his life, too.
Spears and *NSYNC were both at the height of their popularity in the early 2000s, and Bass and Spears bonded when they toured together. Bass shared that Spears was one of the people he came out to as gay before sharing the news publicly. "She was one of the first people that I came out to," he told People in 2007. "We grew up together, basically. She was the first opening act that we had … We'll always have that family vibe between us."
At the time of that interview, Spears' personal troubles were very public in the wake of her divorce from Kevin Federline. Bass said that he had just visited her and her children. "I went over to see the kids, and you can tell she's really trying so hard to get herself back in order," he said.
Bass also shared why he thinks fame was particularly difficult for Spears, versus what he experienced with *NSYNC. "If your head gets a little big, you have four guys slapping you and going, 'What the h*** are you doing?'" He added that Spears "was by herself. It's different when you're a solo act, and you don't have anyone around you telling you no."
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