A member of iconic 90s boyband The Backstreet Boys said that he ran into Britney Spears at a cupcake store the last time he saw her, but she was so heavily medicated she didn’t recognise him.
AJ McLean, who’s been friends with Britney for over two decades, recounted the last time he saw her in a rant about her conservatorship, which she’s been in since 2008.
“The last time I saw her, it broke my heart,” the singer told Andy Cohen in an interview on Wednesday.
“She was with a gentleman. I’m assuming it was security and/or maybe a driver because I know, based on her words — which I do believe 100% — she’s not allowed to drive herself. She can’t do anything, like, literally. She can’t do anything,” he said.
“She looked right at me and I was like, ‘Hey, it’s AJ.’ And she just kind of had this glass face. 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, you know, this, this wasn’t her. Like, I’m not looking at the person I knew from years and years ago,” he added.
McLean went on to slam her conservatorship, calling for its end and describing her situation to be “brutal”.
“I’ve said this to a few friends recently that, you know, back in the beginning of this whole conservatorship, when everything happened about 13 years ago, you know, I could kind of empathize in that moment, maybe with her family, with how things transpired,” he said.
“But for it to go on this long I think is absolutely asinine. I think it’s insane. I think it is completely brutal.”
— Nicholas Hautman (@nickhautman) July 15, 2021
AJ McLean’s story is the latest in many celebrity accounts of Britney’s treatment under the conservatorship. Britney herself has alleged that she was forcefully medicated, and her claims of abuse at the hands of her father and conservator Jamie Spears are truly disturbing.
Pssss this is me celebrating by horseback riding and doing cartwheels today 🤸♂️🤷♀️🐎 !!!! #FreeBritney
— Britney Spears 🌹🚀 (@britneyspears) July 15, 2021
She is now getting ready to launch legal proceedings to end her conservatorship and sue her father for abuse.