Britney Spears is reportedly seeking to remove her father Jamie Spears as her sole conservator 12 years after he assumed the role.
The news comes after the #FreeBritney movement has been gaining traction across social media in recent months. According to new court documents, 38-year-old has officially requested that her father step down from the role. Which sees him have control over her finances, relationships, kids etc.
In 2007, the pop singer had a publicized breakdown resulting in her being placed under a conservatorship in 2008. A judge appointed Britney’s father, Jamie Spears as her legal guardian. As the conservator of her affairs, Jamie made calls on everything, from the singer’s finances to personal decisions.
The conservator in charge of Spears’ also has the right to restrict and limit her visitors, hire and manage her security guards. And access all records for the Grammy winner’s medical and psychiatric treatment.
Britney wants someone else as her sole conservator
In a new conservatorship filing this week, the pop star is dead-set against her father returning as her sole conservator after he took a brief break from the role in 2019 due to health issues. Spears would rather have her care manager, Jodi Montgomery, take over. Jodi is a member of Britney’s team that handled the conservatorship when Jamie stepped away in 2019.
“Britney is strongly opposed to having James return as conservator of her person. Rather, she strongly prefers to have Ms. Montgomery continue in that role as she has done for nearly a year,” the court documents stated. “Without in any way waiving her right to seek termination of this conservatorship in the future. Britney would like Ms. Montgomery’s appointment as conservator of her person to be made permanent.”
In the past, Jamie had himself requested to have Montgomery take over after citing his ongoing colon problems. As well as when an altercation with his grandson, Sean Preston, occurred. In March, it was apparent the 67-year-old had tension with Britney’ sons. Especially when 13-year-old Jayden Federline went on an Instagram Live rant and said Jamie “could go die.”
Due to the pandemic, Montgomery’s role as Britney’s temporary conservator was extended until Aug. 22.
“She strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role”
Spears’ lawyer Samuel Ingham filed the new paperwork on Monday. Stating that his client also wants a change when it comes to her dad’s tight control over her business affairs. He noted that Jamie has acted as the solo manager of her estate since his former co-conservator resigned in March 2019. Apart from being in charge of her “financial, legal, and career decisions” since 2008, Jamie also oversaw all of her medical care. That is until he faced a health scare himself.
Jamie was supposed to go back to being conservator on January 20, 2020. His position also put him in charge of Britney’s estate. But today’s court filings mention that she wants that to change, too.
In the new documents, the “Toxic” singer does not request to have the conservatorship removed altogether. But rather “have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role.”
When it comes to her estate, court documents state. “Britney is strongly opposed to James continuing as sole conservator of her estate. Rather, without in any way waiving her right to seek termination of this conservatorship in the future. She strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role,” Ingham wrote. Britney’s court-appointed attorney will “seek input from all parties and make appropriate orders to facilitate the implantation of my client’s wishes.” A hearing on the matter is set for Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Her new requests will likely be “aggressively contested” by Jamie. Though they are “in her best interests,” Spears’ attorney says in the filing.
“Britney has no desire … to perform at this time”
In Monday’s court documents, Ingham divided Spears’ conservatorship into three phases. The first being when “conservators rescued her from collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin.”
The second describes Spears’ “performing years” as a “world-class entertainer.” Explaining, that she has not been on tour since October 2018 as part of an indefinite work hiatus.
The third added that Spears has no “desire … to perform at this time.” He added. “We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes.”
“It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business”
Jamie has been calling the shots up till this point. He was calling the shots when she returned to the stage for a successful Las Vegas residency. Regained regular visitation with the two sons she shares with ex-husband Kevin Federline. And when she started a long-term relationship with boyfriend, Sam Asghari.
Back in Aug. 2020, Jamie opened up about his daughter’s conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement in an interview with The Post. “All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” he told the publication. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business. I love my daughter,” he continued. “I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”
“In general, [Jamie’s] done the best he could given the situation he’s in”
Britney’s brother Bryan Spears also spoke out about Jamie’s involvement with the singer’s case. In an interview with the As Not Seen on TV podcast, Bryan explained, “In general, [Jamie’s] done the best he could given the situation he’s in.”
The Courts will decide what changes will be made to Britney’s conservatorship soon. Including whether or not it will be extended beyond August 22.