Coaching Britney Spears, a documentary on his tutelage, will air via FX and Hulu on February 5 (watch it here). This will be the sixth episode of The New York Times presents first season of the series.
For more than a decade, Spears has been subject to a guardianship, where a judge appoints a guardian to manage the financial and personal affairs of someone who is unable or unable to make these decisions soundly. Her father, James “Jamie” Spears, was her restaurateur until the fall of 2019, when he retired due to health concerns and a licensed restaurateur took his place.
Last year, the pop star said in a court filing that she was “strongly opposed” to her father resuming his role as curator and supervisor of her financial affairs and estate, but guardianship under her father. (alongside the singer’s requested co-curator, finance company Bessemer Trust) has been extended for at least next month.
A growing group of supporters, concerned about Spears and questioning the terms and motives of his tutelage, have pleaded for the pop star under the hashtag #FreeBritney.
According to a description from the standalone documentary, “People close to Britney Spears and lawyers linked to her guardianship are now reassessing her career as she fights her father in court over who should be in control of her life.” A short new teaser for the episode discusses the pop star’s tutelage and the singer’s objections to her father as curator, and also features the thoughts of those involved in the #FreeBritney movement.