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Britney Spears Begs Court To End Father’s Control After 12 Years

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Britney Spears Begs Court To End Father’s Control After 12 Years

Britney Spears has asked the court to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as her conservator.

As conservator, Jamie has had control over Britney's life for more than a decade, when the pop star, 38 suffered a very public breakdown 12 years ago.

Conservatorship is when a person is appointed by the courts to manage all areas of someone's life (for example, career decisions and finances) if they suffer with physical or mental limitations.

Jamie was assigned conservator after Britney's breakdown in 2008 (Credit: PA)
Jamie was assigned conservator after Britney's breakdown in 2008 (Credit: PA)
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Initially, and for the first 11 years, Britney's dad was co-conservator along with lawyer Andrew M Wallet. However, Andrew resigned in 2019 which gave Jamie sole conservatorship.

He did however step down for a period last year due to health problems, but was due to resume the position this year. However, according to court documents, Britney has asked that her father is not reappointed.

According to the docs, "Britney is strongly opposed to James' return as conservator of her person".

Britney has asked that her dad does not resume the role (Credit: PA)
Britney has asked that her dad does not resume the role (Credit: PA)
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She has however praised the conservatorship in general, explaining it "rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin" and made her "able to regain her position as a world-class entertainer".

Instead of her dad, Britney has asked that her manager Jodi Montgomery, who stepped in during Jamie's absence, take on the role permanently.

The documents also indicate that Britney will not be performing any time in the near future, but stressed that her request does not mean she will stop seeking an end to the arrangement in general.

Meanwhile, the mum-of-two still sees her sons, Sean Federline and Jayden James Federline. Britney's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, has had custody since 2007.

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Britney last performed in October 2018 (Credit: PA)
Britney last performed in October 2018 (Credit: PA)

The conservatorship has been the subject of much debate in recent months, with many of Britney's fans believing she was forced into the arrangement.

The #FreeBritney campaign was launched as far back as 2009 and some fans have even asked the White House to end the conservatorship, with a petition reaching 125,000 signatures.

Others have protested at court hearings and the hashtag has been widely trending on social media.

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Britney has never commented on the #FreeBritney campaign publicly, but last May - amid speculation she is not in charge of her own social accounts - she posted a video, captioned: "For those of you who don't think I post my own videos, I did this video yesterday. So, you're wrong. But I hope you like it."

Tyla has reached out to Jamie Spears for comment.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Celebrity News, Britney Spears

Lucy Devine
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