In an unexpected move, Britney Spears’ father has filed a request to terminate the controversial conservatorship that has controlled the singer’s life for 13 years.
Jamie Spears, who is the conservator of his daughter’s estate, said “recent events” called into question whether she still needed a court to oversee her personal affairs and finances.
Britney Spears, was placed under the conservatorship, a complex legal arrangement usually reserved for the very old or frail, in 2008 after suffering a series of mental breakdowns.
Spears has twice addressed the court in recent months, describing the conservatorship as “abusive”. She has not performed since 2018 and has said she would not return to the stage while her father was conservator.
Jamie Spears’ representatives have previously defended the conservatorship and his role in the arrangement. Her father long had control over her finances and healthcare, but stepped down as a personal conservator in 2019. A licensed conservator now oversees her medical treatment, and her father has maintained authority over her money.
But the new filing at a court in Los Angeles states: “Ms Spears has told this court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship.
“She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight.
“She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.”
Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, said he welcomed the termination request by her father, and that it was a victory and vindication for the singer, before adding; “It appears that Mr Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing .. we will also continue to explore all options.”
The next hearing is scheduled for 29 September.