chastised her silence during Britney Spears
' conservatorship battle
, Iggy Azalea
has spoken out in support of her former collaborator, claiming she has "personally witnessed" Spears' father's abusive behavior.
Azalea wrote on Twitter
, tagging the #FreeBritney fan movement, that Spears’ heartfelt court testimony seeking to end the legal arrangement allowing her father’s management of her affairs should have been enough. “But that’s not the case today
with the judge
, so I am here to back her up,” Azalea wrote.
As one of the few artists to collaborate with the pop icon in recent years — the two collaborated on the mediocre track "Pretty Girls" back in 2015 — Azalea had a rare glimpse into Spears' life under the conservatorship that has governed her personal and financial decisions for the past 13 years.
Azalea stated that she witnessed Jamie Spears
' grip on his daughter's affairs during their time together.
“It’s basic human decency to at the very least remove someone Britney has identified as abusive from her life,” she wrote Wednesday. “This should be illegal. I just want to back her up and tell the world that: she is not exaggerating or lying.”
“I saw her restricted from the most bizarre & trivial things: like how many sodas she was allowed to drink. Why is that even necessary?” Azalea wrote.
The "Fancy" singer claimed Britney Spears' father forced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement "literally moments" before she and Britney performed at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
He "told me if I didn't sign an NDA, he wouldn't let me on stage," Azalea said, adding that "the way he went about getting me to sign a contract sounded similar to the tactics Britney spoke about last week regarding her Las Vegas
In her harrowing court testimony last week, Spears claimed she was forced to perform the 31-date “Piece Of Me” tour in 2018 under the threat of being sued by her own managers, who she claimed told her therapist she was refusing to take medications and participate in rehearsals.
“Jamie Spears appears to have a habit of forcing people
to sign documents while under duress, and Britney Spears should not be forced to coexist with that man when she has made it clear that it is negatively impacting her mental health
,” Azalea wrote.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) July 1, 2021
In regards to the NDA she signed, Azalea stated that Jamie Spears "can go ahead and try" to sue her, but she will still support the pop star.
“Her words alone should have been enough to change the outcome; but that’s not the case today with the judge, so I am here to back her up,” Azalea wrote, referring to a court order that denied Spears’ request to remove her father from financial control.
Fans had hoped to hear from Azalea, who had previously dropped hints about Spears' life under the restrictions, and had noted her silence as the Free Britany movement grew.
Azalea revealed on “Watch What Happens Live
with Andy Cohen
” in 2016 that before she met Britney in person, the pop star’s team combed through her home.
“They came and checked my place to make sure I wasn’t trying to stash anything weird
and, like, get it to her or something... to make sure I wasn’t a bad influence,” Azalea explained. “And I’m not. I passed the test!... I mean, I don’t have a crack den.”
During #WWHL, @IggyAzalea revealed that @BritneySpears' team prescreened her home before Britney could come over for lunch. pic.twitter.com/rr533LGNX0 — WWHL (@BravoWWHL) February 9, 2021