Well, the promised breakdown is finally here.
Britney Spears deviated from her usual schedule of communing with paparazzi and consuming huge amounts of junk food (can anybody spell d-e-p-r-e-s-s-i-o-n?) while aimlessly driving around L.A. and showed up for a court appointment to discuss the custody of her children and other matters. She was over 90 minutes late and her current set of lawyers had already filed to excuse themselves from the case due to her behavior (read: she wouldn’t listen to anything they had to advise and ultimately she was more of a headache than she was worth as a client) but it was an improvement over past weeks when she was a complete no-show.
She deposed for something like 15 minutes and then went back to her home for a court monitored visit with her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James. It was when her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, came to pick them up that evening that things fell apart.
At some point, she locked both the court appointed monitor and Federline out of the house and refused to hand over the children. She apparently said that all she wanted was to spend the night with her babies. She also locked herself in a room with her younger child, Jayden and refused to open the door.
Police were called and the drama ended with Britney and Jayden rushed to a nearby hospital: Britney to be placed under observation for 72 hours and Jayden to be checked for any injuries he might have sustained. Initially, reports suggested Britney was under the influence of alcohol, drugs or perhaps both. Since then, blood tests have revealed that she was chemical-free and the breakdown was ‘purely mental’ as some put it. The current theory is a bipolar disorder (TMZ, of course, has been updating like crazy if you want to stay au courant of theories). Some reports say that she hadn’t had anything to eat for 36 hours nor had she had any sleep.
There was a time, starting roughly two or three years ago, when I found the Britney drama funny. The deadbeat boyfriend she married in the tackiest celebrity wedding of the century, the short dresses guaranteed to unerringly hit her body at its most unflattering angles, the children with their dazed “I’m a baby, get me out of here” expressions… it wasn’t Abbot & Costello but it was funny in its own special, pathetic fashion.
Until Britney crumbled and we were all forced to watch it happen in slow mo. Doesn’t matter where you live or what media outlet you subscribe to, you’ve seen Britney in crisis at least once. You might not even know who she is, but you’ve heard all about it. She’s making more news now than she was at her best as a pop princess.
Some, like Glosslip, wonder if her actions might have something to do with post partum psychosis. It’s definitely not outside the realm of possibility. Two kids in that many years with massive career pressures and Kevin Federline for a husband while living under intense media scrutiny? I’d be be having problems too. And that’s without a bipolar condition and with a great set of parents.
Like I said, it used to be funny. Now it just feels unclean.