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Brian Friedman says Britney Spears’ controversial conservatorship has devastated their friendship, stopping her from even being allowed to make phone calls.
Dancer and choreographer Brian has known Britney since the 90s and worked closely with her for much of her career, but says they haven't been alone together without someone watching since the early 2000s.
Talking to Lorraine on Friday, Brian, 43, insisted the pop star deserved the “basic luxuries of life” like catching up with a friend or driving a car.
He said: “In my opinion, if she is able to perform on stage and do a show and make all this money, she should be rewarded the basic luxuries of life like driving a car, having a phone to call your friends, being able to be in a room alone with someone like me, and I haven’t been in a room alone with her since the early 2000s.”
Britney, 39, has been living under a conservatorship since 2008, which leaves her father Jamie Spears and a team of lawyers in control of her financial assets, as well as her personal life.
Recent documentary Framing Britney Spears lifted the lid on the level of control she is living under since being admitted to a psychiatric ward in 2008 and then placed under the conservatorship, which also means she does not have custody of her sons.
Asked how difficult it was to get in touch with her, Brian said: “It’s virtually impossible.
“We’ve worked together since, it's just been a different situation. There’s always someone around and you don’t get to have that intimate, personal friend time like we used to.
“She deserves that. She deserves that with her friends, she deserves to make her decisions for her personal life.”
Although he said the conservatorship was necessary at first, Brian said things had changed a lot and admitted he had not realised the scope of what was happening to her until he saw the documentary.
Brian is looking forward to Britney speaking at her next hearing to contest the court order, saying: “For her to be able to speak her truth we can stop wondering what Britney wants because then we’ll know.”
Talking about working together in recent years, he said they had been allowed minimal contact: “There was definitely a wall that was put up and I don’t believe it’s a wall she put up. It was just this barrier that was created because of the conservatorship.”
He added: “For me, I want to see that sparkle. I want to see that sparkle she had when we were first working together and I have missed that sparkle and I haven’t seen that exact glimmer in a very long time.”
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