Lance Bass' Husband Claims NSYNC Musician Was Told 'Blatant Lies' About Britney Spears' Well-Being 'For Years,' While Troubled Star's Camp Said She Was 'Fine'
Lance Bass' husband, Michael Turchin, is coming to the NSYNC musician's defense after he came under fire for allegedly discrediting the Free Britney movement.
In a series of Twitter posts, Michael claimed that people close to Britney Spears continuously told Lance lies about the troubled pop star, with her camp allegedly insisting that she was "fine" but needed the help of a conservatorship, which she was placed under in 2008.
"[Lance] was blatantly being told lies by everyone around her in her camp for years," Michael claimed. "Ppl he trusted and knew for years. All of her friends were told the same lies which is why most never spoke up over the years until recently."
Michael's defensive stance on the situation comes almost one year after his husband — who rose to fame alongside Britney in the '90s —addressed the Free Britney movement in his podcast, "The Daily Podcast." At the time, Lance advised his listeners to "trust the system." Lance was then met with backlash for allegedly suggesting that Britney may have needed help, as fans believed he was on the wrong side of the issue at hand.
In his series of tweets, Michael further detailed how Britney's team would change her and her friends' phone numbers to limit contact.
"They would continually change her phone number, and even change the numbers of her friends/ family in her phone so she'd think she'd be texting them with ultimately no responses (when in reality they were the wrong numbers altogether)," he alleged of her team's tactics to keep Britney isolated.
After Britney's very public breakdown in 2007 and 2008, her father, Jamie Spears, was appointed the conservator of her estate, finances and personal affairs. OK! reported that Jamie stepped down from being the conservator of her personal affairs following health issues and an altercation with 15-year-old son Sean, whom she shares with ex-husband Kevin Federline. The former flames also share Jayden, 14.
During Britney's bombshell June 23 court testimony — in which she called the conservatorship "abusive" and claimed she was forced to wear an IUD in order to not get pregnant and take Lithium — she accused her family of keeping her under the conservatorship so they can profit off of her success.
However, OK! recently learned that the princess of pop's sister, Jamie Lynne, is the only immediate family member who doesn't receive a paycheck from the 39-year-old.
Following the backlash Lance received for his commentary, the singer explained that he supported the Free Britney movement but trusted that Jamie had her sister's best intensions. "To me, if Jamie is ok with everything going on, I feel like she really has her sister's back. So I trust her to give us the real information," he explained to Entertainment Tonight.
After Britney spoke out about her conservatorship for the first time last month, Lance's husband addressed fans who accused the musician of previously discrediting the Free Britney movement. Michael explained that it's easy for outside parties to point fingers when they don't have all the information, noting that Lance was told "different things by ppl" he once trusted.
When asked by a fan why Lance hasn't spoken out about Britney's testimony — given that they have been friends for decades — Michael said the constant hate and insults being thrown at him due to his past comments on the Free Birtney movement don't make him want to speak out.
"Instead of trying to educate and inform him, most of the free Britney accounts on here just bash him and insult him and malign him — u think that’s a good tactic for him to want to support the cause?" Michael seethed, per Irish Mirror, adding: "He literally deleted his Twitter a while ago bc the abuse was too much."
Bessemer Trust was previously added to the conservatorship, but Jamie still remains a co-conservator over the $60 million estate. Britney's previous request to have Jamie removed as the conservator of her estate has been denied. Jodi Montgomery has since taken over Britney's personal affairs.