Britney Spears continues to have a very interesting year, with renewed interest in her conservatorship case suggesting that the #FreeBritney crowd may be onto something. Spears’ legal efforts to emancipate herself from her father’s conservatorship are ongoing but her own efforts to emancipate herself from the curse of sin have taken a turn, as she has announced that she’s converted to Catholicism.
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“I just got back from mass … I’m Catholic now,” Spears posted to Instagram. “Let us pray 🙏🏼 !!!”
Well, we don’t have much more info than that and we probably won’t get much soon from the notoriously private Spears, but it appears her loneliness ain’t killing her no more, as she has now joined the world’s most ancient institution, a body that stretches across the world and indeed history itself.
Spears was raised in a Southern Baptist home in Louisiana and like many (most?) American pop stars, got her start singing in the church choir. As an adult, she joined celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Paris Hilton and fellow pop star Madonna in studying Kabbalah, which was very in back in the early ’00s. She publicly disavowed Kabbalah after the birth of her child in 2006, saying she was sick of being harassed by Kabbalah leaders for more donations.
Last year in a since-deleted Instagram post, Spears told fans that she “goes back and forth” on her religious persuasions but does “believe there is a God.” If her latest post is true, she’s made a pretty big decision on that front.
But her fight to get out of her conservatorship continues apace. Earlier this summer, Spears read a written statement during a court hearing, detailing years of controlling and manipulative behavior by her father, Jamie Spears. In her statement, Spears alleged that her father controls every aspect of her life, from the hours she works to the money she makes to the drugs prescribed by her doctor. She even says the conservatorship assigned her three sessions a week with a therapist she does not trust and required her to have an IUD.
Britney Spears’ lawyer has asked the judge to remove her father’s conservatorship immediately. A ruling on the case is expected in late September.