Britney Spears “walked off” X Factor set again, is she going to be able to do this job?

Britney Spears
I was just about to write off Britney’s “walk off” on the X Factor set as an urgent pee break extended too long after Britney got distracted by all the Snickers and Doritos in her dressing room. Kaiser clued me in to this US Weekly story claiming she’d done it again. The strange thing is, TMZ didn’t carry this story. They’ve been crowing about how Britney is unable to do her job on the show, and how she has X Factor producers “over a barrel” because her fat contract states that she can do basically whatever she wants when she’s there. But Simon Cowell and Britney just recorded a little message for TMZ telling them to go easy on her, and they are. Simon denied that there was any “walk out” in his portion of the video, and then Britney came on very quickly and simply said “Play nice Harvey.” Harvey Levin is of course the managing editor of TMZ.

TMZ probably got promised some insider X Factor stories and now they’re going to be “team Britney.” They did mention the second walk off by Britney, but in their version Britney seemed “to be in better spirits on her second day, and took “one short break, about five minutes, and she missed one audition … which everyone on set was totally ok with.” Here’s US’ version of that walkoff, which is much more damning to Britney. They have a supposed eyewitness who said that this second exit by Britney seemed very abrupt and that she wasn’t as relaxed as TMZ claims.

X-Factor judge Britney Spears walked off the show’s set during auditions Friday afternoon–just one day after TMZ reported she stormed off “angrily” following a hopeful contestant’s cover of one of her hits. (The singer, 30, slammed the report via Twitter later that day. “Britney walks off??? LOL was just taking a little break people,” she wrote. “I am having the BEST time!!!”)

“After a very popular contestant finished, Brit stood up and immediately walked towards the tunnel where judges enter,” a show source tells Us Weekly of the pop star’s dramatic exit Friday afternoon–adding that it wasn’t clear what spurred the departure. “Her bodyguards [and entourage] jumped up and ran after her. She was moving fast . . . It was odd.” (The witness adds that, after a little while, “she came back,” as though nothing unusual had happened.)

During Thursday’s auditions, the X-Factor source told Us Spears–who will reportedly see a $15 million payday for her stint on the show–seemed “uptight” compared to her fellow judges Simon Cowell, LA Reid and Demi Lovato. “Her body language was reserved,” the source shared.

“Demi, Simon and LA,” on the other hand, “seemed very relaxed and engaged with contestants and the audience,” the witness recounted.

[From US Weekly]

Britney has done two successful tours since her incident(s) in 2008. When you see her performing it’s obvious that she’s lip syncing and that she can’t dance like she used to (she had that knee injury, etc.) but she’s toured virtually without incident. So she’s capable of that. As we’ve talked about quite a lot, she hasn’t done many unscripted interviews, and we’ve heard that her team insisted last year that all video interviews with Britney be pre-taped and pre-approved before airing. So now she’s out there on her own and people are understandably wondering if she can handle it. Maybe we should just wait. I don’t mean to sound patronizing, but it’s possible she’s used to doing whatever the hell she wants and isn’t used to having to sit in one place and do a job for a few hours at a stretch. For 15 million dollars, she should figure it out faster than she is, you know? If that’s even what’s going on here.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney Spears

Britney is shown outside the X Factor on 5-24-12. Credit: WENN.com and Fame Flynet

 

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  1. dorothy says:

    This is turning out to be a big mistake. The train is pulling out of the station.

    • Kevin says:

      I can’t wait for her derailment.

      • cmc says:

        Ew, Kevin. That’s a really mean thing to say.

        I hope she’s able to exit this commitment that she’s obviously incapable of keeping with a minimum amount of witnesses. If they can decide to let her go (soon!) without any on-camera meltdowns, I’ll be very happy. Yeah, I have absolutely no hope that this will turn out well- but when it goes badly, I hope it happens privately.

      • bluhare says:

        Kevin, when you have an organic brain disease and have to be on medication to control it, when you have the world watching to see when you’re going to go mess things up, and when you’re scared shitless because you’ve got to go up there and be yourself after all that, THEN I think you could have the wherewithall to make a comment like that. Otherwise, that was insensitive and cruel.

      • ol cranky says:

        “when you have an organic brain disease and have to be on medication to control it, when you have the world watching to see when you’re going to go mess things up, and when you’re scared shitless because you’ve got to go up there and be yourself after all that”

        in all fairness, when you have all those things and you should have the sense (or, in this case, your conservators) not to to do something so high profile, especially if it doesn’t have a well defined structure complete with appropriate break scheduling. If they didn’t want extra attention on Britney for being able to skip auditions to take a break whenever she wanted then they should have scheduled breaks for everyone at set times to give her the chance to deal with the situation. Britney still wants to be the big pop star with positive attention but her conservators should have better judgement than to put her in this position.

  2. Maguita says:

    The other judges are going to start b-tching about her unprofessional behavior, especially when Lovato is paid 1/15th of Britney’s salary, and is doing a better job.

  3. Kaila says:

    Maybe she’s taking a smoke break?

    • MW says:

      I bet you are right. She’s just fiending for a cig, THEN goes to the bathroom, checks her make- up, takes 15 minutes longer than anyone else, doesn’t see any need to hustle. It is just normal for people to be waiting on her, not the other way around.

      • mojoman says:

        I understand your point about “taking a smoke break no biggie”, but this still have to be done in a professional manner. Would you get out in a middle of an important meeting just so you can take your 15 minutes smoke break? your boss will make sure you pack up your cubicle the moment you do that. Her handlers should have warned/tell her in advance, no crazy antics no matter how special she is.

  4. Marjalane says:

    I think this is exactly what Simon Cowell was hoping for- lots of buzz about what a train wreck she’s turning out to be! “Tune in and see Britney look crazy” He’s not a stupid man- he’s a ruthless creep, but he’s not stupid. He wants ratings.

    • Jordan says:

      I agree with you. Why else give her a contract where she can do anything she wants, unless they are hoping that she’ll do anything she wants which equals ratings. I feel sorry for her as she’s been used her whole life – by her family, boyfriends/husbands, managers/execs, and fans alike.

    • Toot says:

      Yep,that’s the whole reason Simon choose Britney and to a lesser extent Demi.

      I know I had no interest in watching the X Factor, but I’m thnking about catching it to see how Britney acts.

    • Maguita says:

      It doesn’t surprise me from Simon, but it does surprise me from her father.

      I don’t know much about her fiancé, but her father seemed like trying to protect her, while hoping to help her cash in before retirement.

      This public ridicule is too much. I expected a bit of professionalism during try-outs, and a nurturing mentor during the regular season.

      • LAK says:

        This is totally for the Britney is she/isn’t she trainwreck ratings.

        She did a spot on Xfactor UK as a mentor, word was she was a mess, didn’t connect with the acts and spent as little time as possible with them.

        That was only for a week. Possibly she was on a much tighter rein but still, it makes you wonder why they hired her.

        She’s not right. She hasn’t been right for a long time. She’s a functioning [whatever her illness is] person. The kind thing would be to let her retire in peace. Not this bear pit of expectations and potential ridicule.

      • bluhare says:

        LAK, from what I know she’s Bipolar I, which is the most severe kind, where people have euphoric episodes where they are balls of fire, life of the party, yet exhibit excessive behaviour, then they plummet down to severe depression and some border on psychosis as Britney did. My friend’s mother had it, and it’s awful to be there for the depressive episodes, just awful. But I have to say that she was so much fun when she was “on”.

        I’ve been diagnosed as Bipolar II, which is not nearly as severe and tends toward depression/anxiety rather than the extremeness of Bipolar I. I wish I had the euphoria; would make it a bit more fun. :)

        So I feel for Britney, I really do. Her medication probably puts her in a fog, or at least dulls her down to where she feels flat. Mine does. I don’t notice a huge difference but I told my shrink during a med check that I miss my old “spark”.

        Maybe she shouldn’t have taken this on, with all the pressure it entails. But I, for one, will not slam her nor make jokes about it. It isn’t funny.

      • mandy says:

        LAK please stop lying. Britney never was on UK X-factor mentoring. If she was don’t you think it would make news everywhere but, I searched and there is nothing about that!

      • Maguita says:

        @mandy, apologize to LAK, at least for your rudeness, you were both half-right, Brit was on Xfactor UK, she did “perform”, contestants did pick songs from her catalog, but as per this item, apparently, she did not coach. Here is your link

        http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7756442.stm

        @bluhare thank you for the info, and hope you get better soon.

      • LAK says:

        @Maguita – Thank you for that. And thank you for the link.

        @Mandy – Why would i lie about something that was easily proved?! Mariah Carey and Take That were fantastic mentors. Britney and recently xtina, not so much.

        @Bluhare – hope you find a way to get your Spark Back. I have a cousin who had a severe psychotic episode, seemingly out of the blue. She’s on meds for the rest of her life and she lost her spark. The best we can do for her is to be as supportive as she needs us to be. I hope you are getting the same support your end. ‘internet hug’

      • bluhare says:

        LAK and Maguita: Thanks to both of you for your kind words. I’m doing fine; you wouldn’t know there’s anything wrong with me . . . well, other than those awful facial tics :) .

        My dad died yesterday morning, and it’s been a real blessing being able to come on here and blather on about stuff so I don’t have to think. So I thank you both very much.

      • Maguita says:

        Aaah Chica, my very deepest condolences. Stay strong bluhare. My thoughts are with you.

      • mandy says:

        LAK,

        This is what your wrote that I was responding to:

        “She did a spot on Xfactor UK as a mentor, word was she was a mess, didn’t connect with the acts and spent as little time as possible with them.”

        She was not a mentor. She came only to perform her song that’s it. It is not her fault that people wanted her to interact with the contestants and mentor them. As you know, the media exaggerates every little thing Britney does. Before she came on the show media hyped the performance and said she would mentor. When she didn’t all those report you posted resulted.

      • LAK says:

        @Bluhare – I am so sorry for your loss. ‘Internet hug’

        @Mandy – I watched X factor 2008 religiously because it was a very strong year as far as the acts they found. Every famous singer who did a stint on it was expected to mentor. Of course that was open to interpretation from some who simply hang with the contestants to others who went as far as giving vocal help with their songs. Every superstar who showed up was hyped. All did well except for Britney. As her performance was abysmal, and many people complained, they retrospectively put out press to say that she wasn’t supposed to mentor. Only to perform. Simon very rarely calls someone out for their behaviour because he enjoys the controversy and free pr his shows get. Look how much he praised cheryl Cole during her brief stint on xfactor USA before conceding defeat and then all the stuff about her problems leaked out.and even then, whilst not denying the reports simply said the show had to move on, without putting out negative press on her.

      • ol cranky says:

        @Bluhare – sorry for your loss. I lost my dad last summer (almost 3 years to the day we lost my mother) and I was so glad I had a crazy, high profile, high priority project to focus on to serve as a distraction. Distractions are very good, especially when you have to keep a closer eye on mood/depression (MDD diagnosed as an adolescent – haven’t need meds in ages but I do have to keep an very close eye out for signs of an emotional decompensation and how I handle emotional stressors)

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        @bluhare: I just read about your father, I’m so sorry. It must be even more difficult if you’re experiencing a depressive episode. I could spout off some advice that I was given by well-wishers, professionals and guidance counsellor office posters, but so often those words are of more service to the person uttering them than to the person to whom they’re given. Unintentional, but true. So, I’ll give you the only thing I’ve got to share that’s reliable and bountiful: my sympathies, thoughts for your today and hopes for your more placid tomorrows. We’ll see you on the other side when you make it through this trial, but in a way, we’re with you now. Be good to yourself, not just through all of this but also through all times to come, too. Okay?

        *

        A BPI, here. I remember my first break happening shortly before I turned 22. I was living with my Jamaican, single mother mum, so obviously I was on drugs. Attending your university graduation is for losers, no, she had something far better planned for me.

        I can’t get into this girl’s mind, but episodes are exactly that. You don’t just snap in half with no warning and spend the rest of your life jacketed and bouncing off of the padded walls. Conservatorship be damned, she’s the one making the money and if they displease her in some way, she could reclaim some of her power by dicking her team all up and down.

        Who knows? All that I’m saying is that: There are lucid moments. You might not be able to take care of yourself sometimes, but it isn’t always hallucinations and shopping binges. Also: People with BPI aren’t angels by default just because of what we’re suffering, some people are just assholes, sometimes. If you’re surrounded by people who aren’t sick and sometimes infantilized it can be incredibly claustrophic and condescending to be exposed to the care of others. Why not use your faulty brain as a ‘get out of jail free’ card? They think that sucks, well I’m SICK, so match point. Since engaging in public life, or life at all is so frequently alien, littered with fear, anger and envy, they should get spoonfull of salt in their cups of tea, it’s not like they’re bipolar, or somethng.

        This is why it’s really common for a lot of psychiatrists to meet with you and some of the people who see you the most in a single consult, not for any kind of salacious detail, but to help to create a full picture of the mind, its processes and defaults motivations versus compulsions and ‘are you really this much of a bitch, or is the drugs?’ conversations.

        Britney’s back? For what? Is she? Is this a ‘good’ idea or are you just creating twin enabling hellscapes for each other?

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Dang these wonky posts filled with half-truths and unresolved thoughts!

  5. Jules says:

    I don’t want to be mean but I was born the day before Britney (same year – 1981) but her face looks so much older than mine – her body looks great but her face looks so tired at only 30! Such a shame.

  6. hayley says:

    why is she even still a celebrity? she has the mentality of a six year old. there are so many more talented and equally famous celebrities that could have been offered her part on this show and done a million times better. she’s a man-child.

  7. jess says:

    She is the only celebrity that I actually pity. Maybe she really did walk of the set or maybe its just someone startin rumors to get buzz for the show? What I want to know is why is Demi Lavoto a judge? Isnt she like 18 years old? I mean I know she was on the Disney channel and all but is she really qualified?

  8. NM6804 says:

    Her fiancee/conservator/controller already used “Love” to keep her under his thumb. This girl needs to work to keep others rich and satisfied. She is over it for so long but she can’t seem to do what she wants: get away from fame. Somebody make “Free Bitbit” shirts, if Holmes deserved it than dear lawd Spears deserves them too!

    • AfroSappho says:

      I agree with you 1000%. I believe Britney does not give a damn about the entertainment business anymore. She’s exhausted. She just wants to be a mommy, go to soccer games, and eat hot dogs.

      The poor thing is surrounded by AWFUL people. She and I have similar mental health issues; I get by because my family is so supportive. Her family is comprised of a bunch of selfish, money hungry parasites. She can’t even run away because they have such a tight hold on her.

      I would not be surprised if Simon is trying to drum up controversy to increase ratings. It’s disgusting that her mental illness is being exploited for capital gain, AGAIN.

      I hope she can find a safe way out of the madness.

      Sidenote: Her boobs look amazing. Damn girl!

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Agreed as well. Her family has been relying on her to support them (as have the Lohans with Linnocent) since her early childhood.

        They need to get off their collective lazy asses and get jobs (her fiance already has one) so she never HAS to work again. Hell, she shouldn’t have to now!

      • NM6804 says:

        Oh I so agree with the two of you and frankly with almost everybody here since CB’ers are a smart bunch but I myself have already written so much on this matter that I can’t bear repeating myself all the time.

        At some point, when will the court step in? If even the public is aware of this obvious selfish and controlling behaviour of her “consevators” then why aren’t they stepping in? This is insane! I feel bad for Spears, she (nor anybody else) deserve this kind of treatment from people who supposed to love and protect her. Free BitBit…

      • mandy says:

        I don’t understand how if her family/finance loves her so much but doesn’t mind her going out and being made fun of? Is the money worth it?

        Secondly, if you are going to send her out to work why not make sure you fix her up and make her look nice! She needs a stylist, hairdresser, and makeup artist. Why is she not being provided with better help. Looking a t the Katy Perry post I realized how much makeup she wears. Her makeup artist is amazing why can’t her people get somelike that for Britney. If she’s gonna work make her look good.

      • ol cranky says:

        actually, I’m not so sure that Britney doesn’t want to do something high profile like this to get that adoration she was used to. The problem is, her conservators should know better than to cave and let her do this

    • bluhare says:

      I agree with all of you. She’s made enough money for her bloodsucking family (including her ex) that she shouldn’t have to keep working.

      I’d like her to take a break from the business, do things SHE likes to do, and if she feels like coming back later on (maybe as a non-pop princess) that would be great.

  9. Esther says:

    People that were there said all the judges walked off set. Simon walked off the set and the show had to stop taping. They are all able to get up anytime they want to, to take a break she isn’t the only one getting up and taking breaks. She’s just only one they are reporting about taking breaks because the media wants her to fail so badly. It’s really sad that people pick apart every little thing this woman does people should just wait till the show airs to see how she does.

  10. Mika says:

    Am I an unfeeling little b*tch to say “so what”? This is a WOMAN for chrissakes! Not some 14year old child! If Brit wanted peace of mind or to get better, she would pack her arse up and go sit on a beach in Malaysia! She wants this life! Let her live it! My sympathy is done! When one wants help, one asks for it! Is she being threatened? Is she in fear for her life? Are her kids being held hostage? Why perform like a wind up monkey if its not what she wants? This is not 1912 – it’s 2012 and she is white, legal and American! Can’t get more freer than that!

    • atorontogal says:

      Why does skin colour enter in to your post? Perhaps the mental illness she suffers from is the main issue. Perhaps she is incapable of making her own judgements (hence the ongoing conservatorship) I know how difficult dealing with my son’s mental illness is so I can only imagine what it’s like for a famous person to deal with it in the limelight with everyone able to comment and judge.

    • Happymom says:

      She’s mentally ill, pretty dim witted, and controlled by her father, fiancee and “team Britney” which is used to make $$$ and support them all. I find it very sad, and I have a lot of sympathy for her.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I’m not sure you understand how strict her conservatorship is.

      She does not have access to her OWN MONEY. (Imagine having to ask your father for money to buy anything or your allowance AT THE AGE OF 30.)

      She does not have control of her own finances. (Conservator pays the bills, with her funds, of course.)

      She had to get permission to become engaged/get married.

      She does not have physical custody of her two children (though Papa Spears did manage to negotiate for her to spend a “fair” amount of time with them).

      She has no control over her career, whether she still wants one or not.

      So for Brit, it might as well be 1812.

      • Esther says:

        Actually if she doesn’t want to work she doesn’t have to. Her conservators can not make her do anything she doesn’t want to do they are basically there to sign any legal documents and contract. She has lawyers to protect her from anyone who try’s to do those things.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Esther, that may be; but who is paying those lawyers?

        Are they court-appointed, to ensure conflict of interest?

        Are her conservators “encouraging” her to continue on this track?

      • Esther says:

        I believe they are court appointed and everything pertaining to her career or personal life has to go through to the courts. Britney has to go before the judge in charge of her case when she gets ready to work to make sure that it’s something she wants to do. As long as the doctors say she’s well enough to work and she wants to work the judge will okay it.

  11. Blue says:

    I find this whole thing kind of cruel. I think it’s obvious to most people that Brit isn’t up for any of this. I understand her family wanting to make it seem like she’s the same old Britney and make her feel “normal” but she’s not. She looks like she’s in a daze half the time and they practically lead her around like she’s a toddler. She needs to just take her money and live out her days out of the lime light and off the stage. I never used to like her but I feel sorry for her.

  12. Nicole says:

    This is really sad. I thought she’d finally gotten herself together.

  13. e.non says:

    i feel sorry for her. she’s clearly unwell — those ‘smiles’ in the photos are not genuine. but the greedy people she supports are going to keep pushing her out there until she collapses completely .

    very sad.

  14. Floridaseaturtle says:

    I agree with so many of you so much. Pure and simple, she is being used. The money they are paying her doesn’t even matter. IMHO, she was hired not because of her resume, but because of her watch factor. She has been so used and damaged over the years, she has had very little chance to see reality beyond her environment. So sought after, and so targeted simultaneously. And we are going to laugh when she cracks again? It is just sad at this point.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I won’t be laughing. I think it’s awful that “her people” are pushing her into this; that other people are anxiously awaiting to watch her have another nervous breakdown; and if Simon hired her for that reason, he’s awful too!

    • Joe says:

      But you have to admit her resume is pretty impressive. These contestants are trying to become superstars. What other judge had even 1/2 of her superstar status on their own?

      • Floridaseaturtle says:

        Thanks Bella. It is sad. I honestly have never been a fan of hers, couldn’t even really tell you why, just wasn’t. I still am not a fan, but I can see the girl in her. Far away, medicated, but still hanging by a thread. I wish so much she would just walk out the door during one of those breaks, and not come back, ever, ever, ever. Unfortunately, looks like those that “love” her, may be leading her by the hand back in the door. (All of a sudden, images of Alice in Wonderland come to mind). Always hated that movie, instinctively. gross.

      • Floridaseaturtle says:

        @Joe, very respectfully, I am not knocking her. But I still stand by my opinion that she did not get this job for her resume. And by no means do I mean to diss her in any way. Just as a silly example, in this economy, or any other for that matter, you, I, or anyone might have a gotten a half way decent job, or position. Sometimes, it is all in who you know, or something else. And sometimes, other more qualified candidates, are skipped over. All that means is that they (the hiring people), were not necessarily looking for the ‘graduate’ candidate for that position, at that time. But something else, that might be hard to put your finger on. If you have ever been turned down for a job, especially when you are already in that industry (whatever it may be), with more of a skill-set, or experience.. you will not disagree with me at all..that it “does” happen. The hiring party, is simply looking for a ‘fit’. No offense to her meant. My wish for her? That she is now healthy and joyful. And that she would have “pretended” she was an idiot, and ran in the other direction…as fast as possible. just sayin’

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Floridasea – If she were my daughter, I’d get her the hell out of Hollywood and take her somewhere nice and remote and focus on HER well-being. To hell with all these concert tours and performances and reality shows!

        I think a lot of us can see the little girl (who had to grow up in the spotlight) and the woman hanging on by a thread.

        And I’m not fond of those who can’t (or won’t) and keep sending their cash cow out there (her family) to make that money.

  15. Flounder says:

    I don’t think it helps her confidence that everyone has such negative things to say about her. I still think she just needs a bit more time to get comfortable and settle into the job. Team brit!!

  16. lisa says:

    I hope she does well. Britney has never done anything to hurt anyone outside of herself. I find is sad that so many people are looking forward to her breakdown or her failing. Why such a thing would bring anyone joy or entertainment. She is a mother of 2 small boys. She had a breakdown, and now the media and the paps are going back to what they did before. Stalking her and pushing the buttons.

    I hope she does great and gives the naysayers a big FU

  17. Maria_Spain says:

    enlighte me ¿Since when Britney is able to judge how people sing?.
    Im From spain, im not watching this .

    • Julie says:

      Britney doesn’t have any hearing problems so that’s why she can determine whether or not someone can or can’t sing. Plus this show is called The X Factor & that’s something Britney definitely has, even more than so called “great” singers.

  18. Happymom says:

    This poor girl. Instead of letting her fade into obscurity and just enjoy her boys and have a simple life-her team (headed up by her greedy father and fiancee) just keep sending her back out there. She’s clearly pretty dim witted, obviously has mental issues and is medicated. I’m kind of amazed (read horrified) at how some of the posters are looking forward to seeing the inevitable train wreck. She isn’t some horrible, bitchy Lohan type-she’s just pathetic.

    • Hakura says:

      I think ‘pitiful’ is a better word (as opposed to ‘pathetic’).

      And I don’t think she was always dim-witted. During her younger years, she was really very charming & charismatic. I know the medications for mental illness can really do a number on you, though.

    • Justine says:

      Sorry to say but you’re the one who sounds pathetic. I’m sure you’re really a “happy mom”. You don’t need to worry about Britney honey, she’s doing better than you ever will.

    • Vesper says:

      I cannot believe how many people on this thread know nothing about mental illness.

      Don’t lump all mental illness together like it is one disorder. Britney has bipolar disorder, therefore she does need meds to level out her moods, otherwise she is at a very high risk for suicide (during her lows), and destructive behaviour (during her highs – e.g. her meltdown four years ago). It is irresponsible for anyone to encourage someone who has a axis one disorder to go off their meds. It is a medical condition, a brain imbalance, and it doesn’t just go away.

      Just because someone has bipolar disorder does not mean they lose their personality, interests, skills. Their disorder is not the sum total of who they are. There are many actors, singers, writers, artists, doctors, lawyers and other business people who are bipolar. Britney has always been ambitious. She has been in the public eye for years. It is highly unlikely she wants to fade into obscurity especially at her age.

      Nobody is making her do anything. Don’t make her sound like a victim. She has continued to write, perform, and tour for the last few years. Imo, this new gig is far less demanding than touring. It’s a way for her to stay in the business, but in a less demanding environment.

  19. Me says:

    I think she is a fine example of what prescription medication can do to someone. I bet she is hopped up on all sorts of mood pills and as a result she’s lost and dazed. She needs to get rid of the people around her, get off the meds, take her babies and live comfortably somewhere warm. She didnt deserve this.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I wouldn’t call her “hopped up on mood pills.” She has been diagnosed with mental illness(es) and has been on meds under a doctor’s supervision.

      I’ve said this before, but I think they’ve either changed up her meds or they need to – something there is not right. There must be a combination they’ve not yet found, because she shouldn’t have to go through life all zombified.

    • Belle says:

      There are many mentally ill people in the world who would not be able to function on a daily basis, in any capacity, if not for being on meds.

      I’m not suggesting that medication is always the one and only answer, but in some cases it is necessary. Finding the right medications and dosages can be difficult though… and even then, adjustments are often required.

      • Kiyoshigirl says:

        Sorry, but you’re view on prescribed medication for mental illness is outdated and cruel. If you were having a heart attack would you seek medical intervention? Yes. So, why is it when the illness is mental, rather than physical, people judge those who seek medical intervention? A nice, long trip to the Bahamas might work for you or me, but it ain’t gonna solve Britney’s problems. Shame on you.

      • Kiyoshigirl says:

        The comment I made above is directed toward Me, at the top of this link on the thread.

      • Hakura says:

        @Me – I’ve spent the last several years (since highschool) struggling with major clinical depression & anxiety attacks.

        I wouldn’t normally share this because it’s difficult for me, but this is a good example of the opposite point of view. I’m 26… & have done absolutely nothing since graduating HS. I don’t drive, have never had a job, met someone special, & have done nothing functional. It’s only in the last 6 months that I realized it really was clinical depression/major anxiety, that I really needed medication so I could be myself again. 7 wasted years. Without being on these meds, I’d never have a life, & would go back to how I was, not feeling good enough to even try.

        I started on medication, then had to play ‘musical pills’ with them for several months before finding the right combination. I believe we have, finally, but it takes months taking it to know for sure. It;s not remotely a good idea to take Brit off the meds (not to mention it’s actually dangerous, even aside from her usual antics).

        Mental illness *is* a physical illness, it just affects your brain chemistry instead of your other organs.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I don’t know the person who ‘deserves’ illness, but I understand what you’re saying. Drugs have side effects, I’ve seen them and I’ve experienced them. It’s a trial and error process with drugs and as the body changes, so too do/must they.

      When I was 23, I was having massive problems with wisdom teeth. I was overtaken by infection and had to take Tetracycline before my operation. I turned out to be violently allergic to the medicine which not only exacerbated the already-raging infection, but had me dry-heaving to the point where I was coughing up blood. I don’t know why consumption is so romanticized, it’s no gentle had wasting ailment. Went to the clinic, got penicillin and I was transformed. It wouldn’t have done anyone any good if I spurned all antibiotics because I had a bad experience with one.

      I’m a lucky case: The world does not spin on an axis I created, I’m expendable. I get to set the pace (somewhat) and I can’t buy the integrity out of a physician, so in my world, side effects and ongoing research are prominent concerns in sessions. They have nothing to gain from me by keeping me under their thumbs, so it’s always ‘cards on the table’. I was fully informed about the side effects and was ready for the consequences should they appear to me. The two most common side effects are huge weight gain, or indirect tooth decay. I had to deal with the latter this winter when I had to undergo one surgery a week for two months, after never having had so much as a cavity before.

      That so many of us know this and continue on with the knowledge that something screwy can happen with every new drug says volumes about the hellishness of mental illness if you’re willing to endure these things.

      If he wanted to tell everyone about the unmitigated evils of psychiatry, he should’ve starred on a show called Cruise, M.D., or he just could’ve become an M.D.

  20. Lisa says:

    Ugh. No.

    I agree with what others said in the last thread about not letting her mental illness(es) define her, but there’s still something to be said for situation-appropriation decisions. This was a bad decision from the start, and it’s showing here.

  21. Happy21 says:

    Britney Spears has always irritated me but I feel so sorry for her. I feel like what she does now is not her decision. Its her “team” (dad, fiancee) telling her what she should be doing. It is incredibly sad. :(

  22. LucyOriginal says:

    I was never a Britney Spears fan, but I am rooting for her. I will wait until I see the first show to air to make a comment. It seems like Simon got what he wanted, people are talking about the show. Who knows if her contract states she need a rest or take her meds at a certain time? I don’t know. Anyway.. Go Britney!!!

  23. Lauren says:

    I don’t understand why so many people want to see her fail. Yes she has her issues but people need to get over that. I honestly don’t think that her father or Jason would let her do this if they didn’t feel that she was ready. Her loosing it on the X Factor could potentially be the end of her career and I’m sure everyone around her knows that. If it were all about the money, why wouldn’t they just send her out on tour again? She would make a lot more than 15 million dollars doing that and her father would be getting paid additional money to manage her tour again.

    • Angie says:

      This! Maybe she wants to work?!? I mean, she is a 30 year old woman. I am 28 and do enjoy doing something with myself. And also, maybe she saw this as an opportunity for people to finally see a somewhat unfiltered version of her on a regular basis, so they can finally stop talking about her like she has the competency of a frog. She clearly has a mental disorder, some kind of depression, but good grief, that doesnt mean the girl should hide away in a bubble. This is what she does and maybe she loves it, but her MD makes it difficult sometimes to feel anything but misery. I think people too often confuse the mental illness that got in the way of her career as being caused by her career. It doesnt work that way. People need to educate themselves I swear!! If this girl has serious depression, she could have had a breakdown doing a 9-5 office job. Let her do what she does, and stop micro-analyzing the poor thing :/

      I think it is also interesting this is the first big decision she has made since getting out of her dad’s grasp. This decision is all Brit, I think. I think she finally wants to take control of her own image, so why dont we let her actually do that before passing judgment, lol.

      I mean my goodness, it sounds to me like she took a smoke break. Big deal?!?

  24. Nev says:

    there are alot of factors here…

    - she has a mental illness, so reactions of any nature cannot be controlled.

    - she is known for “bratty behavior” and has been all her career/life.
    (oops , i did it again!)

    - ratings, drama, Simon is loving it.

  25. Hakura says:

    I don’t *want* her to fail, that’s the last thing I want.

    But it’s hard to spread your wings when one of them is broken. Throwing them up in the air (or from a high place) isn’t going to change that…

    It’ll only result in their falling & hitting the ground, hard. Perhaps even breaking the other wing in the process. That’s what we all worry about. =(

  26. Betsy says:

    The media will never give this girl a break. I’m surprised Celebitchy jumped on the bash Britney bandwagon so soon while I expected it from X-17, Radar and one of the worst TMZ. It makes me sick how people are so quick to believe every thing they read. It’s what TMZ is banking on. Britney looked tierd in her video because she has to up with this mess on a daily basis!

  27. Marybel says:

    I will never believe that her father is “making” her do anything or “using” her. He rescued her from her lowest point; he saved her life. Britney’s whole career was something she insisted upon doing her way, and her mother was an enabler, to the point of near self-destruction. When asked, Jamie stepped in and took control. They had pushed him away years before, but he came back out of love for his daughter. Without Jamie Spears, Britney would have died years ago.

    • Embee says:

      +1

      Jamie Spears has shunned the spotlight and taken care of his daughter. Unlike her mother who wrote a book to profit off the relationship.

      I can only imagine the melange of factors contributing to Britney’s inital breakdown and the vexing thing about MI is that it’s not always possible to know! We know she took X and amphetamines (known to drasticlly alter CNS functioning, often permanently); we know she grew up in a small rural town and ended up one of the world’s biggest celebrities at age 17; we know her vulnerable girl-to-woman transition was done in the public eye, and that her fledgling sexuality was marketed and consumed at extraordinary levels; we know she had a whirlwind romance, two kids and divorce at a really young age; we know that she hit a wall at an age where mental illness onset is pretty common. I feel she has held up remarkably well, under the circumstances.

      As for the walking off thing, whatever. Do you think anyone ever tells this girl “no” so that she could understand proper behavior? I seriously doubt it, because for more than a decade people have been kissing her butt.

  28. gee_gee says:

    I’m calling shenanigans on all of these reports of Brit “walking off”. Sounds like someone is feeding these little non stories to the tabloids for publicity. And they took the bait. She’s the most famous judge they have had on the show so she will be the most watched. Every time she sneezes someone will call Star magazine and blow it all out of proportion.

  29. Lia says:

    What did Cowell really think she was going to bring to this that would get people to tune in?? I will probably not watch it now, BECAUSE she is a judge. She has zero credibility. How can she judge anyone else talent-wise when she has very little herself? What a joke.

  30. the original bellaluna says:

    I think it’s sad that people are anticipating her next nervous breakdown on camera.

    I also think her money-grubbing “handlers” (read: family) need to give this poor woman a break.

    Let her be. Let her enjoy her kids and plan her wedding. Get her on the correct combination of meds. And actually ASK her if she wants to stay in the spotlight.

    • Rory says:

      I have to agree. And that horrid ex-husband. What does he do all day? Smoke cigarettes? The child support she pays supports him (and his fiancee?) completely!

      • the original bellaluna says:

        And eats! A LOT. (And don’t forget the other 2 kids he had with his girl before Britney and the other 1 he has with his fiancee.)

        Lazy, disgusting blob of a human being!!

      • jwoolman says:

        That “horrid ex-husband” stepped up to take care of the kids when Britney couldn’t. He kept them away from paps, kept their maternal grandparents solidly in their lives, made sure they had time with their half-sisters, and let them visit Britney regularly as long as a grandparent was with them at a time when the judge had cut off her visitation. The amounts he asked for child support were minimal. He never said a bad word about Brit ever and often said he expected the situation would be temporary and they would get back to 50/50 custody. She must have scared the hell out of him when she wouldn’t hand over the kids on her meltdown day- and he’s a mellow fellow. I think he called 911 after she talked to him on the phone. Like most people, he had no idea how to deal with a wife who was mentally ill but untreated and in a position of financial power (she chose him and pursued him, he was a backup dancer). If K-Fed were female, nobody would trash him for putting his own plans on hold to be available for his kids and getting financial support from his ex. He may need a few lessons about birth control, but he doesn’t deserve the garbage tossed at him.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        I agree with j. Post-divorce, is there really anything anyone can say about him that’s more damning than ‘he got fat’?

        Infantilizing her won’t cure her and I would be shocked if no one has said to her that with time she’ll have to consider her illness as a part of her life, not the entirety of it. To just sit and wallow doesn’t help and you never consider a world outside of your illness, you’ll get nothing out of a life neglected. It’s a really scary realization, but you want to just throw progress away? You have to develop a new mode of thinking within the confines of the same brain and it’s hard, but necessary.

        I don’t know if it’s too soon for her to be doing these things, but she is in her thirties so she has to be in her thirties. It’s not all Ratcheds and Snake Pits with scheming doctors and false prophets. It’s negotiations, stumbles, re-working and at times it does feel like the blind leading the blind. Maybe she wants this and overshot a bit, her history is colourful, but I can’t really get behind this narrative that posits that she’s Poor Nelle in a world of Snideleys who needs to be independent and controlled.

  31. Girlygirl410 says:

    LeAnn, take note, this woman never canceled a concert. She may lip sync, but she gets it done every time. She will be fine on the X-factor, one thing she was taught, is how to follow through!

  32. lucy2 says:

    Ever since her issues became obvious to the public, I’ve felt uncomfortable whenever she’s pushed into working again – albums, tours, and now this? She has tons of money, doesn’t need to work, just let her be happy.

  33. Marybel says:

    Why can’t I see all the comments?

  34. Mar says:

    If I were Simon-I would have had Chaka Khan. She is a huge force in music- she would be a great mentor- or I would have coughed up 20 mill for Alicia Keys or Beyonce. Brit is not a musician and she has KRAZY eyes!!!

  35. HannahF says:

    I’m bipolar and for me it is important to have a reason to get up and out of bed every morning. My guess is that it is the same way with Britney. I don’t think that her dad and fiance are money grubbing or are forcing her to do this. For one thing, all of their actions must be approved by a judge.

    With respect to these pictures, I’ve seen the pics of Demi and Simon shot in the same place. They all look a bit nervous. My guess is that they were asked to stand on a precarious perch and that the wind made it even more nerve wracking.

    • Angie says:

      Yeah, this is kind of the point I was trying to make up-thread. Maybe she wants to have something to do with herself, and this seemed like a good opportunity. I think it was a very smart move, since baseless speculation about Brit has long outweighed reality.

      She made this decision and is a 30 year old woman. Whatever her reasons, they were her own, so let’s stop treating her like that fragile 17 year old girl being taken advantage of, or the poor crazy girl who is just lost to other people’s whims and doesnt know any better so we need to protect her by … basically talking about her like she isnt even human. So much concern trolling for this one.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      EXACTLY! Take note. I have bipolar too and my doctor frequently uses the word ‘force’. You have to force yourself to get out of bed, you have to force yourself to leave the house and not have it take seven hours just to slither into your jeans. You have to force yourself to exercise, socialize, understand your destructive tendencies and curb them. You have to force yourself into believing that you’re more than your diagnoses and make yourself hopeful for blessings and purpose in your own life.

      And frequently, people who are close to you have to say, ‘stop fetishizing your misery and fear and go get your damn life!’ That’s why it seems that close family and friends come off as opportunistic and nagging…and workhorsing. You have to remember that this is an illness that may only afflict one person, but it affects everyone else and those people who are called upon to be strong and loyal in a way that can piss the sick person off and those caregivers just don’t get the kind of sympathy as the sick person. It’s not easy to care for the sick and when you care about the sick, so many people feel guilty for letting the mask of the devoted duty slip, just a bit.

      It’s hard for everyone, but I don’t think scapegoating helps.

  36. Diane says:

    I believe the whole thing is orchestrated to get viewers. I don’t for one minute believe that she is doing this on her own. Simon Cowell is master manipulator and desperate to bring up the ratings. Mark my word!

  37. mandy says:

    How is possible that Britney can release 2 studio albums, 1 greatest hits, 2 world tours, endless endorsements, and now X-factor but yet still be in a conservaship?

    Why does the media not make an issue out of this? These people are taking advantage of Britney!

    I’m not saying she doesn’t have problems . She definatly needs help but why can’t her family provide her help without a conservaship?

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  38. Amy says:

    Didn’t think of it that way but Simon must have chosen Demi and Britney because he knows they’ve been in the news a lot in the past few years due to their personal problems. And he is probably banking on the fact people will tune just to see how Britney and Demi are coping with the stress.

    Let’s see Britney–she had some kind of mental breakdown a few years ago and lost custody of her kids when she was being controlled by that really shady guy.

    Demi–highly publicized breakdown when she hit a fellow dancer on tour and then went to rehab for body image issues and other things.

    I think Demi will be able to keep it together–she seems to be doing really well. However Britney hasn’t been herself in a long time. She shouldn’t be doing this. :(

  39. Meanchick says:

    If they put a clause in her contract that states that when she bolts, they deduct from her pay, I’ll bet Miss Thang sits her ass down.

    • Kimbob says:

      Hehehe….I’ve got $100.00 that says YOU’RE RIGHT!

      I’m totally disgusted by this story, really. I mean, if her family & hangers-on are guilting her to work so they can all get “easy money,” as been alleged here by bloggers…to me, that’s a CRIME. I bet that’s the truth, too.

      I mean, what good is a conservatorship if this is what these people/leeches are doing? This “conservatorship” is benefiting MANY…and it’s disgusting. Yes, Britney is probably very disinterested in show biz nowadays.

      And yes, Simon Cowell and X-Factor are basically having a freak show under the guise as a “talent show.” Disgusting.

      It’s a very cruel world we live in, I’ve decided.

  40. daisy says:

    someone please burn that dress

  41. dani says:

    Im starting to think *if this bi is actually about her* maybe shes acting how she s and running off due to pregnancy and morning sickness **shrug** i read a bi that stated theres a blonde pop singer whos planning a wedding and might be planning a baby shower first. It said her and her fiance were deciding on when/if to keep the baby and announce the pregnancy. Maybe she decided to keep it and is going through what appears odd behavior but really pregnancy issues and experiences….maybe??

  42. Morgs says:

    Her drugging made her bi-polar go off the rails and only ate away at her already broken brain receptors.

    I’m bi-polar 1 and the way some of you talk
    about bi-polar people is way off.

    Bluehare, best of luck to you, you’ll get your spark back. It took me about 5 years with
    multiple different meds, hospitalizations, suicide attempts and a mess of other things. My spark is back, you’ll get yours.

    Brit Brit could take her southern ass back home if she wanted. But SHE DOESN’T.

    Not buying a ticket for the pity bus for this one. It seems to me she needs to take ownership of her disease. And maybe that’s what she’s doing. Her mental illness isn’t her defining quality. Smacking her gum like a cow is.
    She’s never come across as super smart, more sweet and dumb than anything.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Man, I’ve been there. Mental illness sometimes gets dressed up as a damsel as a castle and our general reluctance to speak truth of the ill cuts out half the story. Are those guards trying to break in, or has she locked them out?

      Family dynamics belong to the whole family, and I’m not prepared to say that they’re the aggressors forcing a woman out of the warm sunny countryside and into the bright lights.

      How do we know that this isn’t what she wants? How do we know for a fact that she’s being ‘forced’ to do something? Maybe she initiated and they had reservations, I don’t know.

      The funny thing is that, why I’m always sure that the intentions are good, strangers have the whole rest of her life plotted out for her and if she remains loyal to your strict life plan she will be 100 per cent improved. Now, if we could just tie her down and send her to Arcadia? Do WE now know what’s best for her, too?

      I’m just saying, maybe we should take off the Bertha Rochchester goggles when pondering someone’s current mental state.

  43. lflips says:

    Why doesn’t she just retire already?

  44. Kiyoshigirl says:

    There’s reason to worry about the control her conservator’s have over her life, but I believe that deep down inside she wants to remain in the public eye. She probably identifies performing to a time in her life when her condition was still manageable and hadn’t matured to it’s current condition of instability. Maybe it’s an effort to chase those days and regain a time when things were good. If she truly wanted out she could go to court and tell the judge she doesn’t want to do this type of work, but report after report tells us that she tells the judge the opposite.

    I hope she does well, and I think she’ll do fine.

  45. DanaG says:

    This is all part of Simon’s push to get ratings. It really shouldn’t be so hard all Brit is doing is judging others I don’t know why Demi got chosen she is so young and hardly set’s the world on fire with her “talent”. I expect Simon has it all planned out and couldn’t careless if Brit has a meltdown to him it’s all about the ratings. I would love her to do well but you just never know what Brit will do.

  46. Esther says:

    I don’t know where people are getting that she is bipolar it has never been confirmed speculated yes, but she not anyone in her camp has come out and said that’s what she had. She could have any mental illness she could have had postpartum depression that escalated into full blown depression. She did have two children almost a year apart and had to raise them without their father because he couldn’t be bother to help her while he was trying to make his lame rap career happen. Then she had a divorce on top of have two small children and the ridcule the media was putting on her when she was completely vulnerable probably broke her.
    Also her father has wanted this conservatorship to end since she finished touring for her circus album. He even went to the judge and told him, but Britney has to petition the court to end the conservatorship. She hasn’t done so yet which leads me to believe that she knows that at least for now this is the best thing for her and she wants to make sure she is well enough to end it. I truly believe her father helped save her life and get it back together. Think Sam lufti would have killed her if The courts didn’t intervene and have her father take control. He has really been around he moved back to louisanna like in 2010 and hasn’t been around really been around since then. He also had to quit his job at the time to take care of Britney which was a full time job, especially when she was at her worst.

  47. major says:

    bat guano. its karma, really.

  48. Madchen says:

    Take note, Nicole Kidman. Photo #4. Foreheads. They move. I have a soft spot in my heart for this girl. Stay strong, Britney.

  49. ria says:

    I’m boycotting x factor. No offence to Brit, but it’s becoming all too clear why simon was interested in hiring her. I just think this is too much for her. Not interested in seeing her fall apart for simon’s ratings. I despise cowell. Why pick 2 people whose demons are recent and very public unless it was to garnish attention. Look at the way he treated Cheryl and Paula. He doesnt care for nobody other than his mom. Sad man. X factor is just another singing contest. The 3 B’s.Bland, boring and a bunch of BS.

  50. Str8Shooter says:

    This washed up twit gets $15mil and keeps walking off during auditions?

    Bad enough that is incredibly RUDE to the performers, but I would think it would also be breach of contract too.

    Can’t wait for this train to derail. Quickly.

  51. sup says:

    this is the worst fake-happy act i’ve ever seen. god help this woman she really needs it. gosh what on earth went wrong? she was on top of the world and now you couldn’t pay anybody enough to switch places with her…

  52. Dana says:

    Kudos to Simon Cowell! The X-Factor will be ratings gold b/c everyone is going to tune in just to watch Britney lose her marbles AGAIN. I hadn’t planned on viewing, but after this info, I’ve my TiVO programmed! Isn’t Demi Lovato nuts too?