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Britney Reveals She Feels Imprisoned, Desires More Freedom

Britney Spears didn't flash her famous smile out to dinner with a friend at Sur in LA last night. She has been busy lining up appearances to promote her album and the latest is at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting on December 3. While she'll be back on stage soon, before then we'll get a peek into Britney's year with MTV's For the Record documentary. New quotes from it show that she has sad and helpless times even now feeling trapped in her current situation. She says:

"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 you 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. If you do something wrong in your work, you can move on, but I’m having to pay for a long time. I never wanted to become one of those prisoner people. I always wanted to feel free. I think I’ve learnt my lesson now and enough is enough."


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Through the good times and the heartbreakingly sad, it sounds like Brit is really ready to open up to her fans. To see two new promos for her upcoming documentary and more photos just

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alxxxmx alxxxmx 8 years
boo hoo! cry me a f*cking river britney. welcome to the real world bithch! imagine the millions of average jane out there whose lives are not always about passion. the only reason you feel this way is because you had it good, real good. you were rich, famous, and young. as least you are not in a real jail.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
:O woe is me and the prisoner people
crazyana crazyana 8 years
what do u think ur sellin us,bitch? ur a loser in every aspect of ur life cuz u dont apreciate what u have.and here is ur drug >>>>>>>>>>>> ATTENTION!!!
OrangeSugar OrangeSugar 8 years
Ginger, I totally agree with you about the work thing. Work is often recommended to establish a routine and encourage productivity--both of which are incredibly important to a recovering brain. But low stress work is usually the recommendation, not a nation-wide tour and high-pressure recording studio environment. But if she truly feels up to the task, then let her have it I say. Setting some goals and achieving them will do far more good than being cooped up in her mansion all day. She didn't perform all of her tours, though. She had several cancellations, and the quality varied from location to location. You also have to factor in drugs...her manic/depressive cycle would definently be altered from drug use. And while Sam was the first to air the news that she was bipolar, her hired PR firm "leaked" that same info several times to different media outlets. I'm sure her mental illness was an abused excuse in order to suppress drug abuse, though.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
Having seen a bipolar rise and fall up close, I concur with those who say work is often recommended path, but not too much stress. Which is why I'm still a bit dubious that bipolar is her issue. It's one thing to record or dance on days she feels like it, but a whole other animal to do national television interviews and possibly a concert tour--where you don't get to decide which days you feel well enough to get out of bed. One of the early sources claiming she was bi-polar was Sam. I don't fault her dad for taking a salary. He's had to put his career on hold to babysit 24/7, so he has no other income. It's a court monitored salary, and far less than she would blow on Sam and all that craziness and shopping. Her Dad is saving her far more money than she pays him. If her dad hadn't stepped in, Sam might have spent everything she had.
OrangeSugar OrangeSugar 8 years
Also, if we know she was doing drugs at 14, then it is a FACT that her brain didn't develop normally during her teen years. Add in the emotional fragility that comes with being raised as a popstar and I'm suprised no one saw her mental illness earlier. Although, the above raises the question--she may have had a genetic predisposition towards mental illness, but if her mother had chosen to delay her rise to fame would she have avoided developing this illness? Had she received a normal childhood and not done drugs until her brain was fully formed, would she have deteriorated the way she did? Something to consider, that's all.
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 8 years
Jillness, I completely agree that it would be best if she left LA. I was referring to your comments about her continuing to try to be famous. That's interesting about her mother's book. Cocaine at 14 -yikes!
OrangeSugar OrangeSugar 8 years
Cocaine is a known accelerant for bipolarity. In fact, having just ONE line of coke can send a previously-stablized patient into a manic episode which is, of course, quickly followed by a lingering depression. Cocaine also contributes to rapid-cycling, a condition where the bipolar patient can switch from manic to depressive in a matter of MINUTES. Honestly, that is exactly what she was doing before her kids got removed. Also, bipolar patients are NOTORIOUS for taking drugs. When manic, they literally don't see consequences to doing them. When depressed, they are simply trying to ease their suffering. Again, drugs are a factor but dollar to donuts she is bipolar. The two usually travel together.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I also have to say that I found out some interesting things in a quick google search about her mom's book: 1. Britney was doing cocaine at 14 2. Her "manager" Sam was trying to get her admitted to the hospital to cure her "drug addiction".
Jillness Jillness 8 years
Bonchic, living in another state doesn't mean she would have to completely walk away from her career. She could record in a studio pretty much anywhere (in her home, local studio, bus, etc.) I just think that living in another area would be much better for her children than living in LA where they get used by her as props for paparazzi pictures at pumpkin patches. Being a celebrity does NOT mean that you have to subject yourself to the Robinson Blvd. madness that Britney subjects herself to. There are many who maintain a very successful career while preserving their personal lives and family. I think to assume she has a mental illness is a little presumptious. Yes, there have been leaks that she is bi-polar but there are all sorts of rumors out there, and you can't make a diagnosis based on rumor. She could also be an addict. She could also have a different type of mental condition. Maybe she was just acting out. At the end of the day, we are all just speculating about her health.
justlookaround justlookaround 8 years
oh my God, there are a lot of people who don't know what mental illness is. unfortunatly, i knew someone very close who was so bad and waht what that means ... and doctors, after short weeks, told that person to work!! Because work might help to to focus and concentrate in other things. But not to much work, of course. I don't know, but probably that's what happens with britney. Lucky people those who didn't deal with ental illness with someone very close ...
OrangeSugar OrangeSugar 8 years
Jessiebanana, you hit the nail right on the head! If she truly is bipolar (and there have been many indications and leaks that she is) then I understand perfectly where she is coming from. It's hard for people who have never dealt with/witnessed mental illness to comprehend, but: Bipolar disorder means you have very high UPS and DOWNS. Her medication takes away ALL ups and ALL downs...which makes her controllable. But it also makes her life a screamingly, mind-numbingly BORED existence. But you have to see it from her perspective...sure, she's no longer a danger to herself or her kids. But she wants to be able to FEEL like a normal person, to get HAPPY (I would bet millions this is what she means by "excitement" and "passion"). Her meds more than likely have eliminated completely her ability to feel any joy in her life. Her saying "I keep telling people, but they won't LISTEN" is a classic sign of a bipolar patient trying to communicate with people who don't GET it. Doctors/therapists/family are first and foremost concerned with STABILITY, not QUALITY OF LIFE...which is okay I guess. But she trying to tell them that without being able to FEEL a moderate amount of joy/sadness then she feels like she's being "punished" by being forced to lead her "stifled" life. I work directly with bipolar patients and this is a very, very common effect of the meds. I have had so many bipolar patients tell me that they would rather die than keep living a blah existence...which is terrible! Adjustment of meds may help, but until she commits to accepting that her life will be subpar because of the meds I feel like she still needs people around her to support her (but not draw a salary, like her dad. That is just wrong!)
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I don't know I guess I can sympathize, but then I'm a Psychology major. We don't know and can't comprehend how isolated she must have felt during some of the most important developmental parts of her life. I'm glad he Dad is stepping in now, but her parents should have been more of her parents when she was a teen. If she is mentally I hope she can find a way to manage for the kids and I hope KFed is a better father then he is a partner. If she is bipolar or something like that. It is her personal business, she doesn't have to reveal it, even though I think it would raise major awareness for the mental illness. If she is bipolar the medication they take can really neuter your personality, maybe that is what she is referring to when she says no passion or excitement. I try not to judge someone I've never talked to preemptively. I have a hard time harboring ill will for celebs. I hope everyone is happy and has a chance to live a fulfilling life.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think it would be good for her to go to college or something, honestly. I know it would be difficult, since she is famous and would be recognized, but if she was able to stick with it, she'd probably gain a lot of perspective and realize she can give herself more options than what she currently feels she has.
acyl acyl 8 years
Agree. I also think they should slow down with the comeback stuff.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Amen to that Bonchic!
bonchicbongenre bonchicbongenre 8 years
I agree with acyl. I think she is talking about how she feels trapped by fame. Jillness, I understand your point, but I think it would be very hard for her to completely walk away from her career. As she said in the promo "it's all she knows." And she probably has her family and advisers pushing her to make a comeback. But who knows? I may be in the minority, but I feel bad for Britney. I think she was pushed into fame by her mother and advisers before she had a chance to grow up and discover what she really wanted out of life. Being a sex symbol and under constant media scrutiny at such a young age would screw anybody up. If I learned anything from Britney its that I never want to be famous.
SaraMaria SaraMaria 8 years
People seem to have strangely outdated ideas (=prejudices?) about mental illness! Some people here sound like they came straight from the 19th century rather than our own times.
citmyway citmyway 8 years
The silly bitch should have not acting like a freakin crazy person and she wouldn't be treated like one!!! She needs to be glad she's not in a crazy house somewhere b/c anyone else would have been put away long time before daddy-o stepped in and called bullshit on her stupid ass ways!
Ginger Ginger 8 years
I have no problem pointing out how shallow this self-absorbed twit sounds complaining about the situation she's in since she created it. IF she has a real diagnosed mental problem, then I question why is she planning tours, live shows, and a new album promotion? It's one thing to give a mentally unstable person some level of work and responsibility, but what kind of doctor finds a person unable to take care of their own basic needs, yet okay to perform an album promotional tour and media interviews? Having this "hey, let's talk about ME" video about sad little Britney's tragic life is perfectly timed with the release of her new album. Talk about contrived! I'll save my sympathy for someone with a real problem.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"I think she's saying that fame is trapping, and that when she was younger it was all excitement and fun, and at some point all of that stopped." If that is what she meant, there is nothing that mandates that she has to continue to try and be famous. If she really to quit being famous, I doubt she would make cds, videos, and documentaries about herself...selling her private life.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Acyl, that's a good point too, that's likely exactly what she's referring to. Like I said, I'll withhold judgement until I know more. I know some like to kick the girl when she's down, but now's not the time for that.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
"she already proved to herself and sons that she cannot be "free" without some control." "It seems that what she means by "liberated" is being able to go clubbing again." I agree. Being a parent is a huge responsibility, and you and your life style are forever changed by that. I think that if she REALLY wanted what is best for her children, she would move out of Los Angeles...but LA is where the all attention is. If she does have a mental illness, that wouldn't be something that can be fixed easily. Even when you are on meds you have to find the right balance, and sometimes their affectiveness decreases. Stress brings on mental episodes. IMO, I really don't think she should be rushing right back into the extreme stress of a pop career.
Ginger Ginger 8 years
"prisoner people" ?? Cry me a river! Life as a responsible adult and parent might not be as exciting as a teenage pop video slut. Maybe it's time she thought about someone other than herself. And I wouldn't be too harsh on Adnan, because he's the one who called her parents and helped navigate Sam out. Even though he's a little creepy, he probably helped save her life.
acyl acyl 8 years
I think you guys are interpreting her wrong. I think she's saying that fame is trapping, and that when she was younger it was all excitement and fun, and at some point all of that stopped. That even when you have everything, if you're depressed, it doesn't matter. That must mess with a person to be so on-top-of-the-world at such a young age.
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