It’s been 12 years since Britney Spears infamously shaved her head in a Los Angeles salon while the world watched in horror (or, for many, abject fascination). The “breakdown,” as it’s been dubbed, has long been a fixture of the tabloid circuit, endlessly haunting the singer’s every action in the public eye. Worse, a new Channel 5 documentary, which aired last night, has dredged it all back up.
Page Six reports that the documentary features an interview with the salon-owner who witnessed the head shaving, Esther Tognozzi. She claims that Spears’s bodyguards continued to open the blinds of the salon, allowing a photographer hiding in the bushes to snap photos of their charge. Another “insider” featured in the documentary, dance studio head Robert Baker, claims her father is the only reason she’s alive today.
“I’ve known Britney since 1998. I saw her at the height of her fame and saw her struggling when things got tough. She was spiraling out of control. She was going through the worst time of her life and needed help. Her dad stepped in and gave her the help she needed. If he hadn’t, things could have been very different. I don’t think she would still be with us today.”
While it’s easy to imagine why any father would go out of their way to save their daughter, the narrative definitely contrasts with recent news. As previously reported, Jamie Spears was almost the subject of a restraining order brought about by Britney Spears’s ex-husband Kevin Federline. The former dancer claimed his ex-father-in-law had physically accosted his son with Britney, Sean. While the charges against him ultimately fell through, it did bring about a new custody arrangement that saw Federline caring for his and Spears’s sons 70 percent of the time.
How this new documentary might impact her conservatorship has yet to be seen. I reported back in September that Britney received a new court-ordered conservator, Jodi Montgomery, who will fill her father’s role until January 31, 2020. Her father temporarily stepped down due to his health, and also the incident with his son (although he was ultimately cleared of charges). [Page Six]
After a year spent largely in peace, Solange is back and battling rumors that she left husband Alan Ferguson for an assortment of previously unknown men. One rumor, which she shut down over the weekend, accused her of cheating with manager John Bogaard. A photograph of the two quickly circulated the internet, until Solange issued a correction via Instagram stories: “Yo [thank you] @onvaction for bein the best co-manager for 5 years. Sorry the internetsss are so unkind n b lying. Go back to enjoying ya vacation.”
The rumors started circulating after Solange announced on Instagram that she was going through a “physical and spiritual transition and evolution,” and that she’d separated with Alan Ferguson—whom she’d known for 11 years.
Shortly after she announced the separation, Hot 97 reported that someone who looked like Solange had been seen with yet another, still unidentified, mystery man. Let this lady “protect the sacredness of her personal truth” in peace, everyone! [The Blast]
Here’s what Joe Giudice is up to on Instagram.
- Nobody wants to ride on Katy Perry’s motorcycle. [ET]
- Shocking! Bagel Boss Guy is still a creep. [Page Six]
- Renee Zellweger won an award. [Just Jared]
- Felicity Huffman went for a drive. [People]
- Um? “Meghan Markle’s estranged half-brother steals from the royals in beer ad.” [Page Six]
- Lenny Kravitz is really, really, really excited to see Zoe Kravitz play Catwoman. [ET]