Pop Psychology: Deconstructing Britney
Despite the fact that she's unquestionably in a much better place than she was a year ago -- career back on track, in shape, spending quality time with her kids and our favorite turnaround -- Britney Spears is not a happy camper. Or so she'd have us believe in a new special, "Britney: For the Record," set to air on MTV on Nov. 30, two days ahead of the release of her new album.
Amidst the look at Brit's life as a pop phenomenon, come these surprisingly candid statements:
"There's no excitement, there’s no passion. I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail, y'know, there's the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like Groundhog Day every day."
"I think it's too in control. If I wasn't under the restraints I'm under, I'd feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, it’s like they hear but they're really not listening."
The doc also includes Brit's admission that her marriage to Kevin Federline was a mistake and this scathing impression of chief restrainer/dad Jamie Spears:
Putting aside the riddle of how this 8-ton bomb made it past dad, how can we reconcile Brit's seemingly triumphant recovery with the despondence and bitterness of the quotes above?
Unfortunately for Britney, right now several aspects of her life must feel out of her control, despite all appearances of moving forward. She has someone else dictating her limited and overly structured contact with her kids, she’s attempting a career comeback whose success will depend solely on the whims of us, the Cheeto-eating public, and all of her legal and financial decisions have been taken out of her hands. Such a lack of autonomy, despite being necessary and in her and her children’s best interests right now, can easily lead to frustration, anger, and a sense of hopelessness.
I can dig that. And maybe Spears really needs those limits in her life, freeing her up to work on getting better. Though I do have to wonder if camp Spears has Brit's best interests at heart when they rush her back into the studio, and the spotlight, within months of her last breakdown. Still, there is a way forward for Brit, according to Dr. Bonior:
The key for her will be to try to find small ways to exert autonomy on a day-to-day basis, and to have faith that this current situation is all part of working toward a larger goal that will ultimately give her back the spontaneity and freedom that she so craves. In other words, she needs to really believe that it's worth it.
"Britney: For the Record" airs Sunday, Nov. 30 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.
| November 20, 2008; 10:42 AM ET
Categories: Britney Spears, Celebrities
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