Britney’s father Jamie has had conservatorship over her finances and physical and mental health for the past 12 years. During a public hearing on November 10th, a judge declined her request to suspend the ongoing arrangement.
Britney’s attorney told the judge that “she is afraid of her father”. She has been on an indefinite work hiatus since January 2019 and “will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career”.
Britney, 38, reportedly has had no contact with her father since last year due to a physical altercation he had with her son Sean Preston (15). Britney shares two sons with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
Britney is close to her mom Lynne, 65, who “agrees there needs to be a change”. Spears’ parents divorced in 2002.
Britney Spears’ conservatorship was implemented after she experienced several mental breakdowns. Under the arrangement, she has no control over her estate or financial or personal assets.
Supporters who started the #FreeBritney movement say she is being manipulated.
In 2008, Spears made several trips to rehab and was committed twice to a psychiatric hospital.
This tumultuous period led to Spears’ court-approved conservatorship. This is also known as legal guardianship and is granted to those who are incapable of making decisions. This power was granted to Jamie Spears who is also a lawyer.
The conservatorship is also intended to protect her from potentially toxic people such as Sam Lutfi who was accused of being a bad influence on her mental health and “giving her drugs”.
Spears has remained incredibly active in her career since her conservatorship (her final performance in her Las Vegas residency grossed 1.1 million). Until last year she has dropped an album every two to three years.
Amid the ongoing court dispute, Spears – who turns 39 on December 2nd – is dating model Asghari, 26, and vows to alter the conservatorship by way of its suspension or removal.