AceShowbiz - Actress Amber Tamblyn can relate to the hell Britney Spears is going through as she battles for freedom from her long-running conservatorship, because she lived a version of it as a child star.
"The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" star has revealed she was "privately controlled" when her career was taking off, and she has been watching Britney's court battle with her father and legal guardians with great interest.
In a New York Times opinion piece, Tamblyn, whose father is original "West Side Story" star Russ Tamblyn, wrote, "Britney Spears is not the only woman in the public eye who has long been privately controlled, but she may be one of the first women in a very long time to give such a damning public record of it."
Spears testified at a Los Angeles conservatorship hearing this past week (ends June 25), revealing all about the control her father has over her life, finances, and even her reproductive capabilities, maintaining she was forced to have an intrauterine device (IUD) inserted to prevent a pregnancy.
It was the first time the pop star has complained about the restrictions that she has had to live with since her father, Jamie, became her conservator in 2008, following a highly-publicized meltdown.
Tamblyn added, "As someone who has experienced a small taste of what Britney has gone through, I know that what she has done is a profoundly radical act, one that I hope will ripple through the bodies and bank accounts of women across industries for generations to come."
"By speaking up, she has reminded us that our autonomy, both bodily and fiscal, is worth fighting for."
Tamblyn revealed her parents became advisers on her finances and career choices and she became less of a child and more of a "bank," but added she still felt "unconditionally loved."
"As I got older, it got harder to trust the source of that love," she explained. "I can see how easy it would have been to slip into those dynamics [surrounding Spears]. In these situations, some kind of damage is invariably done - a stunting of the ability of an individual to grow and make the most basic of decisions, or practice good boundaries."
"When I finally parted professional ways with my parents, they couldn't help but feel as if they had done something wrong. But they hadn't. Money had."