Britney Spears is back in shape, rehearsing, dancing and getting ready for The Circus world tour. But the biggest change in her life is that she has obtained new restraining orders against ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and former friend/manager Sam Lutfi.
A source close to Spears, told the AP that the two men had been trying to gain control of the singer's affairs away from her father, Jamie. Lufti and Ghalib had been central figures in her life when she had her famous breakdown a year ago.
It was barely a year ago that Lutfi was still Spears' manager. Britney's mom, Lynne, testified in court that Lutfi had repeatedly drugged Brintey and was attempting to control her life and finances.
"[He] essentially moved into Britney's home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances," Britney's father, Jamie — who still retains temporary conservator powers over the singer's person and estate — wrote in the complaint at the time.
"Mr. Lutfi has drugged Britney. ... He has cut Britney's home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers. He yells at her. He claims to control everything — Britney's business manager, her attorneys and the security guards at the gate."
Meanwhile, Britney rocked the tabloid world when she began dating Ghalib, a paparazzo, around the time of her hospitalization in January 2008. The relationship fell apart shortly after Ghalib began providing his photo agency with exclusive details and photos of their relationship.
The exact nature of the new restraining orders was not immediately clear, as a court official told the AP that the documents were behind locked doors in the judge's chambers.
Spears and her father had chosen not to renew a temporary restraining order against Lutfi when it expired this past July.
"Britney has made clear to everyone that she does not want to be further harassed or contacted in any way by Osama 'Sam' Lutfi," Britney's court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham III said in a statement at the time.
"Now or at any time in the future."