So-called fans of the 37-year-old “Piece of Me” singer have questioned the circumstances surrounding the pop star’s decision to seek treatment, believing that Spears is being held against her will. On Monday night, a crowd of fans gathered in protest outside West Hollywood City Hall and demanded Spears’ release, according to a YouTube live stream of the event.
Earlier this month, a source told PEOPLE that Spears had checked into a facility for “all-encompassing wellness treatment” to take time for herself while caring for her father, Jamie, who was hospitalized in November 2018 after his colon spontaneously ruptured.
“She recognized she needed to focus on her own health and sought treatment,” a source close to the situation said. “No one forced her to go.”