A revelatory new documentary highlights the “Circus” that pop singer Britney Spears had to survive. Many on social media are rallying round the singer, after watching “Framing Britney Spears” (now streaming on Hulu), from FX and The New York Times.
The project examines the rise of Spears, 39, her mental health challenges, inappropriate treatment by unrelenting media and the discord over her conservatorship, controlled largely by her father, Jamie.
The documentary has caught the attention of celebrities including talk-show host Tamron Hall, who tweeted, “It’s an understatement to call it heartbreaking.” Fashion designer Christian Siriano posted that he wanted “so much” to help Spears, and Paramore singer Hayley Williams addressed Spears’ suffering.
“No artist today would have to endure the literal torture that media/society/utter misogynists inflicted upon her,” wrote Williams. “The mental health awareness conversation, culturally, could never be where it is without the awful price she has paid.”
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Spears reconnected with her “All New Mickey Mouse Club” co-star, and the two dated for a few years before splitting in 2002. There is speculation they broke up because Spears was unfaithful, which Timberlake appeared to fuel with the release of the music video for his 2002 single “Cry Me A River.” It featured a Spears lookalike, whom Timberlake exacts revenge on by recording a steamy makeout session with another woman.