Mayim Bialik, who recently guest-hosted Jeopardy!, has joined the “Free Britney” movement. The former child star of Blossom threw her support behind the pop singer in a tweet Thursday. That’s because the pop star is embroiled in a heated lawsuit against her father to end a controversial conservatorship.
Spears’ father has had near-total control over her life since 2008. At the time, the singer was clearly in the throes of a mental-health crisis, and her father sued to become her guardian. A New York judge ruled that it would be in her best interest at the time, but the matter hasn’t been readdressed. She’s been suing to regain control of her life for years.
Bialik is just the latest person to throw their support behind Britney Spears’ fight to regain control of her life.
The conservatorship is so strict that it allows her estranged father, James Spears, control of her finances, who her friends are, and even her reproductive decisions.
“I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby, and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out,” Spears said in a hearing on Wednesday, according to Vice News.
Spears spoke publicly for the first time about the issues Thursday. She said she projects an image of happiness on social media, but she struggles in private.
“After I’ve told the whole world I’m OK, it’s a lie,” she said. “I’m not happy, I can’t sleep, I’m depressed, I cry every day.”
The New York Times reported that her dad makes $16,000 a month as her conservator. He also has a $2,000 monthly stipend for office space rental. He is also now receiving a percentage of various deals he signed for his daughter.
Bialik Raises $195K for Mental Health on ‘Jeopardy!’
Mayim Bialik finished her time as Jeopardy! guest host nearly two weeks ago. But during her time on the show, she discussed the importance of mental health at the beginning of each show. That’s because she was raising money for the National Alliance on Mental Health, better known as NAMI. The organization helps those with mental illnesses and their families manage their illnesses. The group has been a true lifesaver for millions.
Jeopardy! matches the contestants’ winnings during a host’s time at the lectern and donates that money to a charity of their choice. Along with having a PH. D. in neuroscience, she said she has used NAMI’s services before. Though she didn’t go into specifics.
She also has a podcast called “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown,” where she discusses mental health issues.
“To be honest, 2020 was a beast of a year, and my partner Jonathan [Cohen] and I have a shared passion for mental illness and mental illness education,” Bialik told Forbes. “So many more people have either occurrences of mental health challenges or they were experiencing intense anxiety for the first time in their life.
“[And] so many people didn’t even know what to call it or what it was or what you could do about it,” Bialik added. That’s why she started the podcast.