If you feel like the ongoing ordeal of Britney Spears‘ conservatorship is running your head in circles, a new podcast might help you make heads and tails of it all. There’s no denying the continued chaos is confusing as all hell, and that’s where investigative podcast Toxic: The Britney Spears Story steps in.
The new pod is a project from Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, who have been behind the comedy podcast Britney’s Gram since 2017, and helped launch the #FreeBritney movement, pushing it from a few passionate fans to a worldwide phenomenon.
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Toxic, however, is a serious deep dive into Britney’s conservatorship and the court systems in the US that has allowed it to continue for 13 years and counting, and is the result of a two-year investigation from the two women who have been following her online presence like hawks.
Over the years, Britney’s Gram has gone from being a tongue-in-cheek podcast that dissects the pop star’s Instagram posts, to being one of the biggest sources of news and in-depth information on her conservatorship. They’ve been sent anonymous voicemails from credible sources, and interviewed people who have worked with people in Britney’s orbit (like the director of Crossroads), and were even recently tagged in an insta post by Britney herself, so you know this new podcast is going to be a hell of a listen.
Two episodes of Toxic dropped on Wednesday to whet our appetites a touch. Both eps come in at a very tidy 36ish minutes, which means it’s likely not going to be a massive overload of information in one hit, and gives our brains enough time to process and understand the intricacies and complexities of the situation around Britney’s life.
Over 10 episodes (and some bonus eps) released every Tuesday, the podcast also promises it’ll serve up interviews with exclusive sources, look at new sides of the ever-evolving story, and find out worrying things about the American legal system that allow conservatorships like Britney’s to be perpetuated.
“We’re very proud of this show,” Barbara and Tess said in a post launching Toxic.
“We put a lot of sweat and tears (and redbull) into it. We hope it helps shine light on the horrific situation that not only Britney, but countless others are in.
“We also very much view this podcast as a love letter to our girl Britney Jean Spears and are so happy to have made something to remind everyone of what a unique, talented, and strong person she is.”
And as always, #FREEBRITNEY.