Dolly Parton Speaks Out on Britney Spears’ Conservatorship: ‘I Went Through a Lot of That Myself’

by Shelby Scott
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In recent weeks, the media has been following Britney Spears and the “Free Britney” movement. For several months, the artist has initiated court trials disputing the conservatorship that has controlled her life. The conservatorship has been in place for more than a decade, well after Spears’ notorious 2008 breakdown. Dolly Parton appeared yesterday on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” and expressed her concern for the pop artist. Parton expressed her opinion of Spears and her thoughts on the court trials during the segment.

“Well,” she began, “I try not to get involved in people’s business.” Parton continued, highlighting her personal opinion of Britney Spears: “I think she is a wonderful artist and I think she’s a wonderful girl.” Parton wishes Spears all the best in her court case and conservatorship. She then stated she experienced many of the same things during her own court case in 1979.

According to Fox News, the conservatorship has given Spears’ father, Jamie, complete control over her life. Spears’ attorney, Matthew Rosengart, was quoted, stating the artist has been “stripped…of her dignity, autonomy, and certain fundamental liberties.” The article also said, “since the conservation was in place, the relationship between Britney and her father dwindled to nothing but fear and hatred of him because of his behavior,” according to the artist’s mother.

Dolly Parton Experienced Her Own Law Suit Difficulties During Her Early Career

During the brief show segment, Parton expressed her sympathy for Spears. In 1979, Parton said she experienced her own nasty court case. “I understand a lot of those crazy things,” she said. “I went through a lot of that myself – through a big lawsuit in my early days with Porter Wagoner trying to get out on my own.”

Parton’s lawsuit differed a little from Spears’ current court trial. She was instead trying to extract herself from a musical duo to upstart her solo career. Fox News stated the pair had a falling out during their partnership. In response, Wagoner filed a $3 million lawsuit against the country legend. The suit stated that Parton had breached their contract. Later, the case was settled out of court, with Parton supposedly paying Wagoner over $1 million over the course of several years. However, the “9 to 5” singer isn’t the only celebrity expressing their concern for Spears and her current trials.

Other artists and celebrities, such as recent “Jeopardy!” cohost Mayim Bialik, in addition to country music’s Kasey Musgrave‘s and pop artist, Miley Cyrus, have added their support to the “Free Britney” movement. Support for Spears’ has been collecting and gaining momentum since the release of the artist’s documentary this past February. Musgraves shared in response to the film that she was concerned whether or not Spears was “truly okay.” Meanwhile, Cyrus sent a shoutout the conservatee’s way during the 2021 Superbowl. Dolly Parton is only the most recent celebrity to show her support. Spears has vowed she will not perform or make music until she is freed from the conservatorship.