Britney Spears Is Finally (Almost) Free, As Jamie Steps Down From Conservatorship

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The whole world has been rooting for Britney Spears. 

On Thursday, I was in the car when a radio station said they had breaking news, saying that Britney was free, and played her song ‘Stronger.’

As I scream sang “NOW I’M STRONGER, THAN YESTERDAY. NOW IT’S NOTHING BUT MY WAAAAY … MY LONELINESS AIN’T KILLIN’ ME NO MOOOORE,” I pulled into a CVS parking lot to see if it was true. 

Was Britney finally free?

The internet had erupted in a collective cheer when it was reported that Jamie Spears, Britney’s father, was no longer the conservator of his long-suffering daughter’s massive estate. 

TMZ was the first to report that Jamie stepped down after 13 years, according to legal documents filed.

This is seen as a HUGE win for the famous pop star, who was placed under the conservatorship after she went through a mental crisis in 2008. 

While she’s not free yet, she’s a lot closer than she was when her father was in charge. arrow

How It Came To Be

Although it seemed to the public that Britney did need help during her mental health crisis, as the years went on, people began to question why she still had zero control over her life. 

When I say zero, I mean none. The court arrangement was set so she could not do even basic things, such as going to her beloved Starbucks to get a Frappuccino without the OK of someone else. 

Seems fishy, right? It gets smellier as the years go on and dedicated fans begin to delve into the issue. 

People were questioning why she wasn’t deemed fit to make even the simplest decisions for herself but she WAS deemed fit to perform concerts, hold down a grueling Las Vegas residency and earn hundreds of millions of dollars — money she made but couldn’t spend. 

The questions kept coming, culminating in the #FreeBritney movement.

Toxic: The Podcast started during the movement and is “dedicated to investigating Britney Spears’ conservatorship and the court system that’s allowed it to persist.”

 
 
 
 
 
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Hosted by comedians and Britney devotees Tess Barker and Barbara Gray, the podcast delves into every aspect of the case and is credited with bringing awareness to the unjust conditions Britney has suffered while under her father and the court’s control. 


The Conservatorship

A conservatorship is put in place by a court for persons who are unable to make their own decisions — such as the elderly or people suffering with dementia or severe mental illness.

“Spears’ conservatorship is split into two parts — one is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person. Under this legal agreement, Spears has not controlled her finances since 2008.”

At first, her father was in charge of both parts of the conservatorship, but stepped down as her personal conservator in 2019 after suffering serious health issues

Jodi Montgomery, a care professional, replaced him on an interim basis but Britney asked for this to be made permanent so her father could not resume control over her as a person. 

According to The New York Times, Britney “quietly pushed for years to end her conservatorship.”


Speaking Up

This summer, Ms. Britney Jean herself spoke virtually at a court hearing regarding the removal of her father as conservator of her estate. 

Her July 14 testimony was heartbreaking — at one point during the hearing, Spears said she felt that those in the conservatorship “were trying to kill me.” 

“If this is not abuse, I don’t know what is,” she said. Spears called her conservatorship “f–king cruelty.” Spears told the court she was not willing to be evaluated to remove her father from the conservatorship, saying she has “serious abandonment issues.”

She also made it clear she wants her father charged with conservatorship abuse. 

Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, said in a court filing that Britney has been “able to care for herself” for years, and asked the court to “listen to the wishes of her daughter” and grant Britney permission to hire her own counsel.

“Now, and for the past many years, [Britney Spears] is able to care for her person and in fact has, inside of the parameters of this conservatorship, earned literally hundreds of millions of dollars as an international celebrity,” the petition reads.”Her capacity is certainly different today than it was in 2008.” Lynne’s attorneys also listed more of Britney’s wishes that she wanted to see granted: removing Jamie as a conservator, ending the conservatorship all together without her “having to endure another evaluation,” allowing her “to ride in her boyfriend’s car,” giving her control “own her own money,” and allowing her to “have her IUD removed.”

The day after Britney’s testimony, the judge granted her request to hire her own attorney to represent the singer in the fight for her freedom.

Finally!

Spears chose to retain former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, a veteran entertainment litigator, to represent her in the fight for her life.


Not So Fast

Even though Jamie Spears, who is seen by fans and the general public as the villain in this story, stepped down, his comments through his lawyer seem to indicate that he isn’t finished trying to control his daughter’s life. 

“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate … and it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests.”

Huh? Then why even step down??

Jamie’s rep added, “Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests. 

“So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”

Wait a minute — he’s contesting Britney’s petition for his removal but removing himself?

Is your head spinning like mine?

The filing also says, “Regardless of his formal title, Mr. Spears will always be Ms. Spears’ father, he will always love her unconditionally, and he will always look out for her best interests.”

Hmmm, are we sure about that, Mr. Spears? 


What Britney’s Lawyer Says

Rosengart told TMZ, “We are pleased but not necessarily surprised that Mr. Spears and his lawyer finally recognize that he must be removed. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others.

“We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future. In the interim, rather than making false accusations and taking cheap shots at his own daughter, Mr. Spears should step aside immediately.”

He didn’t throw shade, he threw one of those humongous golf umbrellas at Jamie, and we love to see it. 


What Happens Now

The Free Britney Live Twitter account explained it best, saying, “Britney will still have a conservatorship, technically speaking, but the major difference is it will be one of Britney’s and Rosengart’s choosing, and they will be in place only to help transition OUT of the conservatorship.”

Hopefully then, she will be free. 

Free to make choices for herself, whatever they may be. 

It may be petty, but when she’s free of her father, I want her to stand over him and deliver her iconic line, “It’s Britney, bitch.”

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