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Iggy Azalea says she ‘personally witnessed’ Britney Spears being mistreated by her father in 2015

Summary List PlacementIggy Azalea has come out with a powerful statement of support for Britney Spears after fans criticized her for "staying silent" about the pop star's conservatorship. The two women collaborated on the 2015 single "Pretty Girls" and performed together at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. During their time working together, Azalea said she was witness to "the same behavior Britney detailed in regards to her father" during her groundbreaking court testimony last week. Petitioning for the end to the 13-year legal guardianship, Britney compared her situation to sex trafficking and described an abusive relationship with her father, Jamie Spears. "It's...

britney spears wearing a black catsuit and iggy azalea wearing a silver matching set standing next to each other onstage at the billboard music awards

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Iggy Azalea has come out with a powerful statement of support for Britney Spears after fans criticized her for “staying silent” about the pop star’s conservatorship.

The two women collaborated on the 2015 single “Pretty Girls” and performed together at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. During their time working together, Azalea said she was witness to “the same behavior Britney detailed in regards to her father” during her groundbreaking court testimony last week.

Petitioning for the end to the 13-year legal guardianship, Britney compared her situation to sex trafficking and described an abusive relationship with her father, Jamie Spears.

“It’s basic human decency to at the very least remove a person Britney has identified as abusive from her life. This should be illegal,” Azalea wrote.

“I just want to back her up & tell the world that: She is not exaggerating or lying,” she continued. “I saw her restricted from even the most bizarre & trivial things.”

Azalea described controlling behavior from Jamie in particular. She alleged that Jamie demanded she sign an NDA “literally moments” before she was set to go on stage with Britney at the BBMAs, or else he’d pull the plug on the performance.

“The way he went about getting me to sign a contract, sounded similar to the tactics Britney spoke about last week in regards to her Las Vegas show,” she said. “Jamie Spears has a habit of making people sign documents while under Duress it seems, and Britney Spears should not be forced to co-exist with that man when she’s made it clear it is negatively impacting her mental health.”

Britney said in court that a former therapist, who she did not name, forced her to take lithium after she decided not to do her Las Vegas residency. 

“Not only did my family not do a goddamn thing, my dad was all for it,” Britney said. “Anything that happened to me had to be approved by my dad.”

On Wednesday, a judge denied Britney’s request to remove her father as her conservator.

Azalea shared her statement on Twitter with the caption “#FreeBritney,” the hashtag adopted by fans who want Britney’s conservatorship terminated.

Several other celebrities have publicly criticized Britney’s conservatorship, which was approved in the Los Angeles Superior Court in 2008 after she suffered mental breakdowns. 

The pop star’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, said on Monday that she only wants Britney’s “happiness.” Other “Free Britney” supporters include Mariah Carey, Halsey, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Khloe Kardashian, and Britney’s ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

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