"Britney finally feels like there is light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel," a source told Page Six. "There are parts of the film that were too hard and emotional for her to watch — the scenes that describe the most difficult times of her life, the relentless media circus and the harsh focus on her as a young mother. But, she feels, for the first time in many years, that people are on her side and things will get better for her."
The documentary also dives deep into her relationship with her father, Jamie Spears, and the conservatorship that's guided her life for the last 13 years. The conservatorship, of course, has been at the root of Britney's frayed relationship with her dad, and she's said, via her lawyer, that she will never perform on stage again so long as he's in charge of the conservatorship and her career. She's even said she's "afraid" of Jamie.
"She hopes that, because of this, she will finally be freed from the vice-like grip of her father. She is also very grateful and humbled by the public outcry, all the support from her fans and the celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker who have spoken out on her behalf," the source said.
Although the documentary is getting rave reviews, it is unauthorized. (Britney didn't take part in the doc.) However, we may not have seen the last of the pop star on the small screen, as Page Six claims she's working on her own documentary about her life. The source alleges that Britney is fearful that her father could take over the reins of her project.
"He is drunk with power over Britney's life. She wants to work, she wants to make music and perform, but he is too controlling," the source said. "He has set her up to fail. Britney hasn't had the proper help she needs to be able to control her own finances, to fully deal with her mental health issues, to be the mother she wants to be."
"Jamie won't let her have any freedom or responsibility over her own life," the source continued. "This summer, her father grounded her for three weeks because she dared to meet a friend for a socially-distanced walk on the beach and a heart-to-heart conversation. She's 39 years old! He doesn't want her to see her friends, he doesn't want her to meet other people in the entertainment business, he tells her that everyone has bad intentions for her — when it plainly isn't true."
Britney has not officially spoken about the FX/New York Times documentary, but she seemed to subtly weigh in on it on Instagram.
"Each person has their story and their take on other people's stories !!!! We all have so many different bright beautiful lives," she wrote. "Remember, no matter what we think we know about a person's life it is nothing compared to the actual person living behind the lens."