John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono has spoken out in defence of Britney Spears, insisting the pop star should be applauded for turning her life around.
The singer has revived her career with a hit album and successful world tour following her 2008 meltdown, which led to a stint in hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
And 76-year-old Ono believes mother-of-two Spears deserves respect.
She says, "I think that the world was not fair to her, and they're just using her and not dignifying her. I think she's a survivor and she's doing very well."