Britney Spears ‘went missing for 24 hours’ and was found in the street, her pal claims (Image: Getty)
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Sean Phillip first met Britney Spears in 2003, when they were introduced by mutual friends.
But it wasn't until late 2006 when her pal started working for her as her personal trainer, and he has recalled how he was asked to fly home from his holiday to support Britney after her 2007 meltdown.
He was in Jamaica at the time but rushed home to support his friend, who disappeared for 24 hours.
"At this point in her life, Britney was going out and meeting random people when she was in a very vulnerable state. I then get this call from these random surfers in Malibu who said they had Britney, and did I want to pick her up?," he recalled to The Sun.
Britney's pal claims she disappeared for 24 hours
"They’d found my number on that old bit of paper she carried around with her numbers on it."
And Sean admits Britney was struggling at the time because she felt sad that the "whole world was watching her".
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"Britney was upset, she felt so sad because the whole world was watching her. She was on every newspaper cover, every magazine, on every TV," he added.
"That night I got her home and cooked her dinner, and the house landline kept ringing with people offering support."
The singer has been under a conservatorship since her public breakdown
As a result of her public breakdown, Britney has been under conservatorship for several years, but Sean doesn't think it needs to be that way now.
He said: "I do think that at some point Britney did need guidance, but the conservatorship is ridiculous. It’s simply a money grab."
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Fans and friends have also been calling for the end of the conservatorship, after Britney made an impassioned plea and begged for it to be removed as she felt it was "abusive".
The singer was hoping to be freed from her conservatorship
In a testimony to the court, she said "I honestly don’t think anyone would believe me. I thought people would make fun of me. I just want my life back. It’s enough.
"All I would honestly like is to sue my family [and] share my story with the world."
She also claimed she can't get married or have children with her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
"I want to be able to get married and have a baby," she told the judge at the time.
"I have an IUD inside of myself so that I don’t get pregnant, but [my team doesn’t] want me to have any more children."