I saw Britney Spears stuffed with pills, emptied her money and went down to hell, says her best friend
Singer Britney Spears has collapsed following an alleged overdose after being given prescription drugs by her management, her best friend claimed last night.
Speaking for the first time in defense of the star, Sean Phillip said Britney’s controlling father, Jamie, had done nothing to help her as she plunged into a pill and amphetamine addiction.
As the singer fights to overthrow Jamie’s controversial tutelage, Sean told The Sun that the recovering alcoholic father had spent years “milking the Britney Cash Cow.”
And he recalled how Britney was bowled over as she collapsed from exhaustion after a New Years Eve concert in 2007.
He claimed the incident triggered his mental collapse, leading to his infamous head shaving incident.
Sean said: “Jamie didn’t want to be Britney’s father until she was 26 and a multimillionaire.
“When she started having problems he walked in – but he had no compassion and just didn’t seem to care about his daughter’s well-being.
“He had every opportunity to stop what was happening to him – his descent into prescription drug addiction – but he didn’t. I believe he was a 100 percent catalyst.
He continued, “Hollywood has a terrible reputation for doctors and lawyers who work together. That’s what killed Michael Jackson. I believe Jamie was in touch and in cahoots with management for much of what happened.
Towards the end of his time with Britney, management stopped paying him.
But he continued to stay with her for free because he was concerned about her well-being.
Britney told a US court on Wednesday that she wanted her father Jamie to be prosecuted for his alleged “conservation abuse.”
She told a judge over the phone, “I’m here to file a complaint. I am angry and I will go. You allow my father to ruin my life.
Following a decision to allow her to choose her own lawyer in her fight to end the legal settlement, the singer posted an Instagram video of herself carting off in celebration.
She added a caption thanking her loyal supporters and using their hashtag “#FreeBritney”. Sean supports his campaign by giving his account of the chaotic years leading up to the Guardianship.
And he revealed how Jamie’s control over the pop icon began even before he was given powers of wardship.
Sean said: “It was crazy. His credit cards were confiscated, his phone was gone, he was not even given the access code to his own house.
“All she had financially – and that’s long before the shit hit the fan, that’s before the head shaving incident – all she had was a piece of paper with it.” a credit card number to pay for things.
“But she didn’t really have the map in her hands. It was a black Amex who was assigned to her manager’s company. So we would end up with bills for things we couldn’t really afford.
‘IT WAS CRAZY’
“We once stayed at The Standard in Los Angeles and couldn’t pay for it at the end because we had no money. Stuff like that would happen loads.
“Britney never told me about money. But she was like, ‘How much did it cost?’
“When she moved, she asked me a few weeks later, ‘Sean, how much did the house cost?’ And she didn’t know, and I didn’t know either.
“People around her say, ‘Order that private jet, buy this house, go shopping if you want,’ but it’s like, where is the rest of the money going? Is he invested? Is it in a bank account? At the moment, I don’t think she has access to knowledge.
“I don’t think she knows her net worth. Honestly, I don’t think she has any idea how much money she has.
Jamie first met Britney through mutual friends in 2003, but started working for her as a personal trainer in October 2006.
He claims the superstar was given two pills a day, which he suspected were “superiors” – performance enhancers often used by people with bipolar disorder to control mood swings.
And he thinks the singer was a puppet controlled by those who get paid to care for her.
He saw that he was being given the drugs but never wrote down the name of the brand. He said, “I don’t think I wanted to know.”
Paid around £ 1,500 a week, Sean quickly started taking care of Britney’s day-to-day life and became one of her most trusted allies. Despite insults that the Toxic singer, who has sold over 100 million albums, was using drugs, Sean said he had never seen her take an illegal Class A.
He continues, “Things started to get uncomfortable when my role turned into a 24 hour job. I was the stylist, I was the babysitter, I was the coach, I was security, I was the paparazzi liaison officer – begging them not to take a picture of her.
“Then management would step in from time to time and say, ‘Just make sure she’s taking these pills.’
“And I said, ‘No, I’m not a doctor or a nurse. I do not do it’. At this point, Britney herself was not normal. But I never noticed the slightest use of drugs. We went out to clubs and had a few cocktails, but that was it.
“They tried to force this drug story on her, again, as a way to discredit her and have more control over her life.”
Sean, who now works in wildlife and conservation, recalls another shocking incident on New Years Eve 2007 in Las Vegas, when Britney’s team covered up a collapse.
He says that after she passed out in the Pure nightclub, the management tried to give her a suspected amphetamine to make her become conscious and functional again. At the time, Britney’s reps denied the episode and claimed she left the club because she was “tired”.
Sean insisted, “The reality is she was exhausted. She was worked to the bone and was in no condition to continue playing.
“The medications she was taking weren’t helping her at all. She was getting paranoid like I had never seen her before. She passed out in the club at the party she was throwing.
“I had to take her out, carry her over my shoulder with a black suit jacket thrown over her and stop people from trying to take pictures with their phones.
“By the time we got back up, she was fine, but was crying hysterically and so upset. She was like, ‘Why am I so accessible? Why do I still do club concerts? ‘.
“That night the management came and tried to give her something, in pill form, and I said, ‘No, that’s not happening.’ She was just overwhelmed. I begged them to let her rest.
A few days later, Britney lashed out and attacked a photographer’s car, hitting it with an umbrella. She was sinking into chaos.
I had to take her out, carry her over my shoulder with a black suit jacket thrown over her, and prevent people from trying to take pictures with their phones.
Her behavior in public has become increasingly erratic, with drunken nights out with friends like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Meanwhile, her stage performances have come under heavy criticism for being stilted and robotic. Terribly, in January 2008, she was photographed walking out of her house strapped to a wheeled stretcher.
It was reported that she took prescription amphetamines and locked herself in the bathroom with her youngest son Jayden as she refused to return it to her ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Within days, a court ruled her unfit to go about her own business, and her father was given control over her estate and all aspects of her career and life.
Sean said: “Britney was so sweet, kind, loving and fun – and also so much smarter than people thought.
“Her collapse wasn’t because she was mad. It was because what was happening to her was driving her crazy. Jamie was known as a rampaging alcoholic. He seemed largely indifferent to his daughter.
“Management wanted to control and manipulate the energy around them. They just wanted to milk their cash cow.
Sean said he would get random phone calls from people saying they wanted to help Britney.
He continued, “I remember Mel Gibson being one of them, telling her that Christianity would save her and turn to God. It was all quite surreal.
Sean last saw Britney three weeks ago in Hawaii, when the couple met on vacation. He says she was not the Britney he knew and loved – clearly jaded by an ongoing court case and extremely public.
Speaking about his ongoing legal proceedings and his response, he said: “I am happy for her that she is moving in the right direction because I have seen too many other people die.
“I’m also very proud of his fans for getting things done, because they’ve really done a lot to get him to where he is today. I think at one point Britney needed some advice, but the guardianship is ridiculous. It is simply a drain of money.