After being practically enslaved for 13 years, Britney Spears is finally being freed from her father Jamie Spears’ conservatorship. “I’ve waited 13 years and counting for my freedom !!!!!” Spears said in a recent social media post.
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Jamie Spears filed the formal petition that could potentially put his daughter’s life back in her own hands for the first time since 2008. A conservatorship usually takes place when one is incapable—typically elderly or ill—of making their own life decisions but Spears took over his daughters’ social and financial lives completely until matters became abusive
The conservatorship was put in place in 2008 due to Britney’s mental health struggles that led to her hospitalization. Immediately after this event, her father went to court and the conservatorship became permanent. Jamie thought he was doing good for his daughter while working to get her back on track with her mental state, her kids and her music career. He only had good intentions for his daughter as he worked to get Britney’s estate out of debt and worth more than $60 million.
According to CBS News, Britney said, “I feel ganged up on I feel bullied and I feel alone. I don’t think I can live a full life.”
Many questionable claims have been brought up by Britney when talking about the conservatorship, including being forced to take strong drugs when she didn’t want to perform, as well as having almost no privacy.
Britney has made multiple attempts to remove her father’s conservatorship, and she even threatened to press charges against him. This time, she even says she will put her entire career on pause. The 39-year-old star says she can provide and work for herself and does not think she should be in a conservatorship.
Due to her father’s hold over her, Britney was left without the choice to participate in normal tasks, including driving or even choosing her own lawyers and doctors.
Quoted in an MSN News article, Jamie’s petition reads, “If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
As said on CBS News, Jamie’s legal team wrote “Throughout his service as Conservator, Mr. Spear’s sole motivation has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those trying to take advantage of her.”
Britney has reportedly not spoken to her father for years, and even her legal team said “it would be highly detrimental to Britney’s interests to allow her father to be the sole person in charge of her estate,” as quoted in the CBS News article.
Britney has recently told the world that she has repeatedly lied about being happy and okay, when in reality this situation has made her depressed and mentally ill.
It has been said that the petition was filed after ongoing pressure occurred from Britney Spears fans and the “FreeBritney” hashtag. Fans have been protesting outside of the LA courthouse where Britney’s hearings are held in an attempt to bring attention to her ongoing battle over the years.
Ever since 2019, Jamie Spears has only been the conservator for Britney’s finances after Jodi Montgomery, a licensed conservator in LA, became her personal conservator. Because Britney’s father is asking for both sides of the conservatorship to be stopped, Jodi Montgomery will also be held accountable to testify on Britney’s mental state and whether his services will still be necessary for his client.
Before her conservatorship with her father is fully put to a stop, the petition must be accepted by Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny in Los Angeles. The next hearing will take place on Sept.29, and Britney will be told the amount of money she owes her father for his 14 years of “help.”