Is Britney Spears going to be subjected to electroshock therapy? That’s the claim in one of this week’s celebrity magazines. Gossip Cop looked into the report, and we’ve been assured it’s untrue and not a possible treatment for the singer who’s currently in a mental healthy facility.
Employing its typical style of alliteration and exaggeration, the Globe begins its latest article by contending, “Distraught over her dad’s fading health, bipolar pop princes Britney Spears is fighting for her sanity in a psych ward where she’s heavily medicated and could face brain-frying electroshock treatments.” After noting how the singer is currently in a mental health facility, following her father and conservator, Jamie Spears, suffering a ruptured colon, the supermarket tabloid ominously asserts that if Spears’ medication regimen doesn’t work, “there are more extreme medical measures Britney and her family may be forced to take if she doesn’t get stable.” Specifically, the outlet alleges she’ll undergo electroshock therapy to “jolt her out of crazed, manic or depressive states.”
To bolster its manufactured premise, the tabloid has a doctor, who’s never treated or personally assessed Spears’ condition, discuss electroshock therapy. The medical professional notes how that particular therapy can cause “permanent memory loss and PTSD and should be a last resort.” But, of course, if you carefully pay attention to what the often discredited publication is doing here, you’ll notice that despite exclaiming on its cover, “Britney’s Electroshock Nightmare,” and having a doctor outline the pitfalls of it, no one is actually saying she’s going to get electroshock therapy.
The outlet is just floating the idea of it being Spears’ treatment. And it’s using phrases like “could face brain-frying electroshock treatments” to trick its readers into believing that’s even a medical option for Spears. But it’s not.
Significantly, no reputable media organizations are reporting Spears may have electroshock therapy. In fact, People has made her condition sound far less dire, with an insider offering how Spears has every right to take “time off” to get treatment for her mental health as her father recuperates. Still, Gossip Cop checked in with a mutual friend of ours and Spears, who confirms the magazine’s speculative story is 100 percent “incorrect.”
The reality is the tabloids make a lot of claims about the singer that don’t pan out. For instance, Gossip Cop recently busted the outlet’s sister publication, the National Enquirer, for falsely maintaining Spears’ boyfriend is going to dump her while she’s in the mental health facility. Not only did an impeccable insider tell us it was untrue, but since she’s been in the treatment center, Sam Asghari has posted on Instagram how his longtime girlfriend “inspires” him and even shared a montage of video clips showing them kissing. The only real “shock” here is that readers still believe places like the Globe when it comes to unverified tales about Spears.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.