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Drew Barrymore on Britney Spears: "She's the key to her freedom"

Drew Barrymore sat down with Entertainment Tonight recently and commented on Britney Spears’ fight to end her conservatorship.

“I feel that there’s a human being at the core of this. But since she put herself out there more ..she’s the key to her freedom,” Barrymore explained in the interview. “This is about her and her life and everybody deserves the freedom to make mistakes or a success of their life and everything in between. That is what a life is. So whether it’s about her or anyone else, I want people to have their civil liberties; to have the freedom to live their lives.”

Barrymore has a unique perspective on stardom at a young age and the toll that it can take on a still-growing mind. Born into a family of actors, Barrymore was a self-admitted frequent drug user by the time she was a teenager, endured multiple stints in rehab, and was placed in a mental institution all before she was 15.

Her relationship with her father was strained, and she sought emancipation from her parents at the age of 14. In other words, it’s hard to find a figure more understanding or sympathetic to Spears’ situation than Barrymore.

The actress also supported Spears’ decision not to post her personal struggles on social media. “This is too big for that,” Barrymore said. “But I also think on the other side of the coin, the noise had to be made in order to start to have change here. Social media is a very tricky animal. It can lead to great outcry and people listening, and it can also be a place that has a little bit of empty calories.”

Spears recently won a major victory in her fight to lift the conservatorship that she has been under for thirteen years when her father stepped down as the head of her estate, for which he controlled his daughters personal and professional assets since 2008.