In “Toxic: Britney Spears’ Battle For Freedom,” a special report from CNN that debuted Sunday, some of the singer’s friends and former employees spoke about the singer’s conservatory and highlighted what life has been like for Spears during the stern event.
Here are five takeaways.
“I do not know if calls were recorded or not, but the use of a telephone was very closely monitored,” George explained.
“The conservatory dictated to her who her doctors should be, what doctor she should see, how often she should see them, how long those sessions would be,” he added. “Every aspect of her medical care and not just her medical care was extremely, extremely controlled … Who she could see, who she could date, who she could be friends with was very, very closely controlled.”
This control extended to those around Spears, George said.
“If anyone were to express an opinion on the conservatory, even just talk to a colleague or talk to Britney about it, you could lose your job. You would be out the next day. Everyone should have their heads down. Don’t ask questions. And such is it. “
Jamie Spears declined to comment on the record on these details, but his lawyer said in a statement: “Jamie loves Britney unwaveringly and wants only the best for her. He will never stop loving or supporting his daughter.”
Rosie O’Donnell tried to reach Spears over the years
The former talk show host interviewed Spears several times over the years, and according to O’Donnell, they developed a close relationship.
“I’ve contacted her over the years, we’ve not had a connection, I always send notes. I sometimes heard that when she went to the four seasons, they said she came to the four seasons, and I would go down to “spa to see if I could bump into her, you know, to say, hey, kid, how are you? You know, I just love her,” O’Donnell said.
Britney Spears blames her former business manager for her conservatory
Sources close to Spears told CNN that she blames Lou Taylor, her former business manager who resigned last year, for many of the issues surrounding the conservatory.
A source said: “Britney is aware of and angry about the control of Lou Taylor and her company, which harvested millions of dollars from her property.”
A lawyer for Taylor and her firm Tri-Star partially told CNN: “Mrs. Taylor was not involved in setting up a conservatory.”
They added that they were paid, “an industry standard percentage” as Spears’ business manager, and they “have only love for Britney Spears and are proud to have served her faithfully for 12 years.”
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“She would start to state that she thought something was illegal, and that was actually what she said the next day, that she felt that the people involved in maintaining this conservatory were going to jail,” she said. Farrow told CNN.
Spears’ record label was not happy with the 1999 Rolling Stone cover
The pop star’s former publicist, Rey Roldan, told CNN that when he managed advertising for Spears on Jive Records, the label was concerned when they first saw Spears, then 17, pictured in a 1999 Bra cover of Rolling Stone.
“[The Rolling Stone cover] was something we feared for a long time, “said Roldan.” We saw it and we got the evidence back from the photographer and I remember thinking, ‘We could really get screwed here.’ I remember I was at the next meeting and it was really tense … it was the Rolling Stones decision [to publish the cover]. “
Rolling Stone did not respond to comment.
CNN’s special report will be re-released on October 3.
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