These are tough times in the life of pop icon Britney Spears.
At this point, it doesn’t appear that the situation is as dire as Britney’s infamous 2007 meltdown, but that’s only because the singer is older, wiser, and surrounded by a slightly better support network.
Back in April, Spears checked into a mental health facility, ostensibly because she was distraught over her father’s potentially fatal health issues.
Now, it appears that the situation is more complicated than that.
Reports of Britney’s efforts to bring an end to the conservatorship that has governed for life for over a decade have brought about a resurgence of the #FreeBritney movement, which was initially created over 10 years ago by fans concerned for Spears’ well-being.
It now looks as though the 37-year-old may have been committed against her will, and it seems that parties who do not have her best interest at heart are going to great lengths to maintain control over her life.
Sadly it seems that Spears can no longer trust her father, who is the main executor of the conservatorship.
And she was recently forced to file for a restraining order against Sam Lufti, an ex-manager whose efforts to exploit Spears for financial gain have been well-documented.
Britney is clearly fighting a battle for her freedom against some very stiff opposition.
But fortunately, she’s not doing it entirely on her own.
On Thursday, Spears posted a photo of herself smiling alongside boyfriend Sam Asghari.
She captioned the pic, "I love this man."
Fans found encouragement in the pic for a number of reasons:
For one thing, it’s good to see Spears smiling again.
More importantly, it’s reassuring to know that she and Sam are still going strong, as many Spears worshippers consider this to be her healthiest relationship to date.
And Britney will need all the help she can get in the months to come.
TMZ previously reported that Britney’s mom is going to war on her daughter’s behalf and has joined the battle to bring the conservatorship to an end.
But even with such a formidable ally on her side, Britney is facing an uphill battle.
Insiders tell TMZ that Brit is "keeping her chin up" but that "things are far from well" in her life.
We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.