Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean rips Britney Spears' 'insane' conservatorship: 'Completely brutal'

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What is the Britney Spears conservatorship?

In 2020, Spears requested through her lawyer that Montgomery be made conservator in her father's stead, and that a bank be appointed as a conservator of her estate. The bank, Bessemer Trust, was approved to be a co-conservator alongside Jamie. The Washington PostBritney Spears has been granted permission to hire her own lawyer. Here’s what to know about her legal battle.

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The former teen pop sensation weighed in on Spears' controversial conservatorship while speaking to Andy Cohen on SiriusXM's "Radio Andy" ahead of her appearance in court on Wednesday.

"I [can] tell you right now that, my thoughts and my prayers are with her," McClean, 43, said of the pop icon.

He also declared that his "thoughts and prayers" are with her and that he's "100% team Britney."

Also at the hearing, Spears said she wants to charge her dad with "conservatorship abuse."

The singer's statements come just weeks after she addressed the court on June 23 and expressed her desire for the conservatorship to end. She claimed she was forced to take Lithium, has been unable to remove an intrauterine device and that her dad has "loved" having control over her.

McLean continued to Cohen that he thinks Spears' situation is "insane."

"I think it’s … completely brutal," he said.

The boy band member added that he's especially in opposition to the "whole IUD situation." 

"That to me is physical abuse," the father of two said, adding he finds it "grotesque."

McLean does have hope for his pal from the '90s, however. He said he believes Spears will eventually "break free of all of this."

The Backstreet Boys singer also called Spears a "sweetheart" and revealed that they are neighbors. He said the last time he ran into Spears it "broke my heart."

"She goes to the same shopping center that I do. There's this amazing cupcake shop that she goes to that I go to…It wasn’t her, like, I’m not looking at the person I knew from years and years ago," he recalled.

McLean concluded that it's "not fair" and sung the same tune her millions of fans around the world have in recent years: "Free Britney."

"She can’t do anything, like, literally she can’t do anything," he said. "She can’t even go to go see a doctor, on her own."

"I'm not representing her alone," Rosengart told the court, explaining that he'll be assisted by "a team of attorneys at my firm" who "all have substantial probate experience."

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Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean Recalls the Last Time He Ran Into Britney Spears: “It Broke My Heart”

Hollywood Reporter 14 July, 2021 - 08:10pm

The singer described Spears' conservatorship as "absolutely asinine."

By Heran Mamo

Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean has Britney Spears’ back when it comes to ending the conservatorship that has controlled her life and career for the past 13 years.

McLean and bandmate Nick Carter stopped by SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on Wednesday (July 14) to talk about their upcoming Las Vegas holiday limited residency, “A Very Backstreet Christmas Party.” And when Cohen asked about their old friend, McLean said he’s “100 percent Team Britney.”

“My thoughts and my prayers are with her. I am 100 percent Team Britney,” he said. “Back in the beginning of this whole conservatorship, when everything happened about 13 years ago, I could kind of empathize in that moment, maybe with her family, with how things transpired. But for it to go on this long I think is absolutely asinine. I think it’s insane. I think it’s completely brutal.”

For McLean, the most harrowing moment of Spears’ explosive June 23 court hearing was when the 39-year-old pop superstar said she isn’t allowed to remove her IUD to have a baby, which the former boy band member described as “physical abuse” and “grotesque.” McLean also claimed Spears was pretty much his neighbor and that they both frequent the same shopping center and little cupcake shop. However, the 43-year-old entertainer said the last time he saw Spears at the cupcake shop, “It broke my heart.”

“When I last saw her, my wife asked me to go in to get some cupcakes for a birthday party for one of my daughter’s friends. Went in, she was there, she looked right at me and I was like, ‘Hey, it’s AJ!’ And she just kind of had this glass face,” he said. “Like, she just didn’t know who was there. It took her a minute. And then she realized it was me and we hugged and we talked for a brief moment. But I could just see that this wasn’t her, like, I’m not looking at the person I knew from years and years ago.”

What also doesn’t sit right with McLean as someone who’s been sober for nearly three years during his 20-year battle with substance abuse and addiction is that Spears cannot benefit from the same kind of help as he received. “The fact that she cannot stay in contact with anyone from her fellowship, from when she was going to AA meetings, that is BS to me because that’s the whole core of what we do in this program, is fellowship,” he explained. “We lean on each other, we look up to each other for support and, if somebody were to take that from me, it would really be difficult for me to stay sober, honest to God.”

At the band’s peak in the early aughts, the Backstreet Boys famously revealed in a July 9, 2001-dated episode of TRL that McLean had entered a rehab facility for the first time and they would be postponing their tour as a result. Carter sees a parallel between McLean’s and Spears’ situations in the beginning, when teams behind an act’s career can easily overlook an artist’s own well-being and not have the right priorities.

“I think that kind of can also tie back into the Britney situation. You have labels and you have managers and you have people who are tugging at you because there’s like this one moment that you gotta squeeze everything you can out of the artists, at the expense of the artists’ health and wellness,” Carter chimed in. “And I think that at that point, the entire group, the four of us, we got together, and we said, ‘You know what? Even though this is a multimillion-dollar tour, the biggest stadiums and arenas that we had ever been in at the time, it was like, ‘Stop.’ Everything had to stop at that point. And I think that’s the one thing about our group is that we know each other, we see each other and there’s a time when, look, all of this can go away in a second for us, and we’re still going to have to be family and brothers to one another. And that’s more important than business.”

See McLean and Carter’s interview below.

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