Britney Spears to ‘speak her truth’ at court hearing, says pal Brian Friedman
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Choreographer to the stars Brian Friedman has said Britney Spears will "speak her truth" at her upcoming conservatorship hearing this year.
Brian, 43, appeared on Lorraine to chat about his friendship and working relationship with the singer, which spans back to the late 90s.
In a 2008 court-ordered conservatorship, Britney's dad, Jamie Spears, was granted control over her business and personal affairs.
A documentary released earlier this year, Framing Britney Spears, drew attention to the conservatorship, leading to scrutiny over the arrangement.
When it first aired, Britney said on Instagram that she had "cried for two weeks" over the content of the documentary.
Earlier this week, it was revealed Britney requested to speak about her conservatorship in court, with the date set for June 23.
Speaking with host Lorraine Kelly, Brian claimed the singer hopes to have her "voice heard" in addressing the court at the hearing.
He said: "She is going to be speaking at her next hearing. She wants to have her voice be heard. I think that’s the best thing for everyone.
"I know her fans want the absolute best for her and everyone is guessing and wondering what she’s thinking and what she’s feeling. So for her to be able to speak her truth, it’ll put everyone at ease and we can stop wondering what Britney wants because then we’ll know."
Defending the appointment of the conservatorship 13 years ago, which followed a period of mental health struggles for Britney, he said: "The conservatorship was put in place for good reasons in the beginning and I think it was the right decision then and I think things have definitely changed now and she has grown a lot.
However, Brian suggested there was no longer a need for the conservatorship, pointing out: "In my opinion, if she’s able to perform on stage and do a show and make all this money, she should be rewarded the basic luxuries of life like driving a car, having a phone to call your friends, being able to be in a room alone with someone like me. I haven’t been in a room alone with her since the early 2000s."
The professional choreographer, who also coached acts on The X Factor, described his friendship with the star, claiming her "sparkle" has faded in recent years.
"For me, I just want to see that sparkle," he said, remembering the early years of Britney's career, before adding: "I haven't seen that exact glimmer in a very long time."
Brian explained they no longer spend time together, with the professional dancer struggling to find alone time with the Toxic hitmaker.
“It's virtually impossible [to get in contact with her] and we’ve worked together since," he said.
"There’s always someone around and you don’t really get to have that intimate, personal friend time, like we used to. She deserves that. She deserves to make her decisions for her personal life.”
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On Tuesday, Britney's lawyer, Samuel Ingham, told the court: "My client has requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly."
He added that his client had "asked that it be done on an expedited basis".
Lorraine airs on weekdays at 9am on ITV.
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