Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean said he was “thrilled” for Britney Spears, but the end of her conservatorship should have come sooner.
The 44-year-old said the controversial arrangement, which controlled many aspects of Spears’ life, including her finances, had her ‘chained up’ so she wouldn’t have access to the things she needed work hard.
Spears was released from the arrangement after nearly 14 years in November.
McLean, who previously expressed his support for the pop superstar, told the PA news agency: “I’m delighted for her. It’s been a long time coming and she deserves to be free. And she deserves to be free. live his own life.
“He’s a human being. She’s a mother. She deserves to live the life she chose to lead. No one should be prevented from living the life they worked hard for.
“She earned everything she owns. She did this. No one else did.
McLean, who formed the Backstreet Boys with Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell, recalled receiving the news in November.
The decision to end her conservatorship closed one of the most controversial chapters in modern pop music history and handed Spears the keys to her estimated US$60m (£45m) estate. ).
He said: “When I heard the news I was literally in the studio with a friend of mine and my phone was exploding and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ And when I saw it, I was like, ‘Damn yes. Thank God. Good for her.
“Sucks it took so long and it shouldn’t have. But she has such a great support team. His fans love him.
“She has people like us who are in the industry and have been family and friends for years. And we all supported her. And I’m really, really happy for her.
The Backstreet Boys rehearsed in Las Vegas ahead of their postponed DNA World Tour, which includes a performance at London’s O2 Arena on November 6.
McLean said the band had “reconnected” after the lockdown disrupted their original touring plans two years ago.
He said: “When we got together in Los Angeles about two weeks ago to do some preliminary rehearsals to dust off the cobwebs and get things back on track, it was great.
“It was like I hadn’t seen the guys in 10 years. We were all hugging and laughing.
“Now that we’re here in Las Vegas, we have this little crew. It’s me, Howie and Brian, we go out to dinner every night, trying new dishes.
“We kind of call ourselves the steak house team because we’ve done a lot of steak house. We did Italian a few nights ago.
” It was really fun. It’s been a great thing for bonding and reconnecting and stuff, so it’s been awesome. All morale is really, really up.
The band, formed in Orlando, Florida in 1993, were one of the biggest bands of the decade, selling millions of records worldwide with hits such as I Want It That Way, Everybody and As Long As. Tu m’aimes.
The DNA World Tour begins this week with a series of shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas before the band hits Europe in October and November, with dates in Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy and more.
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