“Framing Britney Spears” Documentary Pressure Forces Justin Timberlake To Apologize To His Ex


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Justin Timberlake is apologizing to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. In an Instagram post, the singer says he has made missteps in the past that contributed to, “a system that condones misogyny and racism.” Timberlake says he is “deeply sorry” for times when he “spoke out of turn” or “did not speak up for what was right.”

Timberlake’s apology comes after the rise in popularity of a new documentary Framing Britney Spears. A documentary highlights the pop star’s career and the scrutiny she has faced in the media. The newly released Hulu documentary also delves deeper into the ongoing legal battle spears’ faces with the state of her conservatorship. It placed her father, Jamie Spears and a lawyer in charge of Britney’s $60M estate, back in 2008.

That’s when paparazzi and tabloids ruled celebrity news and scrutiny of Spears’ grew daily. But what was uncommon at the time were conversations about mental health.

Clinical psychotherapist Jenn Tomko says, “There really isn’t anything that could have put her in a position of being completely incapable of functioning from 2008. There’s no mental health diagnosis that is not treatable,” says Tomko. And as for how the paparazzi impacted Spears’ mental health, Tomko says, “Absolutely, I mean think about it, for you and I, one of our coping mechanisms might be to go hang out with friends or get a meal or whatever and she can’t even do that, so there’s no break from the stress outside of her home.” And, “It does steal the balance of her private time, her individuality, in that way and it eliminates coping skills that she has. Then to have to be on all the time…most of us would end up having down time and laying on the couch and just relaxing, but she was almost incapable of having the opportunity for down time because the expectations of living up to what the camera lense was portraying…that’s an enormous stressor, and therefore it’s a trigger. So we have to keep in mind, this poor person she never got a break.”

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