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Britney Spears 'Bolted' When She Smelled Weed, Fearing She'd Fail Drug Test, Recalls Her Former Head Of Wardrobe

Tish Yates, Britney Spears' former head of wardrobe, recalled a moment that showed how fearful the singer was of failing a drug test.

By Gina Tron
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A new documentary about Britney Spears and her controversial conservatorship reveals just how scared she seemingly has been of failing a drug test.

Tish Yates, who was the head of wardrobe Spears’ 2009 "Circus" tour, recalled in Controlling Britney Spears” a new New York Times documentary that hit Hulu on Friday — how the star once panicked after smelling marijuana.

She detailed that Spears was in road case (so she could be easily whisked by fans), being wheeled out to a stage to perform while on tour, when she noticed the smell of marijuana smoke in the crowd.

"She is distressed. She is upset," Yates recalled. "She's yelling, 'It smells like pot. It smells like pot. I can't breathe this. I cannot breathe this. I will fail a drug test. I won't see my boys.'" 

She said that the “Overprotected” star became so distressed that she fled.

"And she bolted,” she said. “She was running trying to get back to her dressing room. She was crying. She was screaming.”

She added, "The level of how she was scared really opened my eyes. She's crying and the show goes on."

The conservatorship that Spears is under was granted in 2008 following rumors of Britney's drug use, and allegations she was being taken advantage of by friends and struggling with her mental health. Spears broke her silence about the allegedly abusive conservatorship she has been under for the past 13 years back in June, telling a judge that she had been placed under a psychiatric hold and forced to perform against her will, ordered to take lithium, and was told she couldn't get her IUD removed.

Jamie controlled most of the conservatorship but stepped down as Britney’s conservator of person in 2019. For the past two years he has controlled just her finances. But for the mistreatment she said she suffered while he was in control of her personal life, Britney said she felt he should be in jail.

Since that hearing, the pressure for the conservatorship to end began to mount — both on social media and in the courtroom.