As she celebrates her 27th birthday today, Britney Spears would have liked nothing better than a long lie-in and breakfast in bed. Her wish, however, has not been granted, Mail Online reported.
Instead, she will be roused in the early hours, drag herself out of yet another unfamiliar hotel bed and somehow summon up the energy for a live performance on Good Morning America to mark the release of her new album.
After a week in which she has performed - in an unnervingly erratic fashion - to more than 50 million television viewers during a whistle-stop tour of France, Germany, Britain and her native U.S., having a happy birthday is not a priority for this talented, yet troubled young woman.
For despite her fame and riches, Britney has made it clear all she wants is a quiet life. But as has become disturbingly clear in recent weeks, that idyll remains an impossible dream.
The stark reality is that as far as Britney Spears is concerned, she does not have a life. And ever since her affairs were put in the hands of her father, Jamie, and her wealthy lawyer, the aptly named Andrew Wallet, she has not been in a position to make any decisions for herself.
Along with her influential manager, Larry Rudolph, these men make up a triumvirate who control Britney. And as she prepares to embark on a massive global comeback tour, the 27-yearold finds herself stuck on an exhausting treadmill with no end to her travails in sight.
'Even when you go to jail you know there's the time when you're gonna get out,' she tearfully confesses in a new interview. 'But in this situation it's never-ending. It's just like Groundhog Day every day.
'There's no excitement, there's no passion. I think it's too in control. If I wasn't under the restraints I'm under, I'd feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, it's like they hear but they're really not listening.'