The case of Britney Spears‘ conservatorship has taken another turn, with the pop star asking a court to not allow her father Jamie Spears to take over the role again.
Spears’ father has overseen essentially every aspect of her life from back in 2008, when she was placed under the conservatorship, up until 2019, when he stepped back from the role due to his own health concerns. A professional conservator – Jodi Montgomery – took over the role, but it now appears that Jamie Spears is looking to return.
The conservatorship was put in place after a series of public mental health struggles which saw Spears placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold and hospitalised. It’s meant that Spears’ father has been in charge of a wide variety of aspects of the singer’s life, including both personal and financial affairs, for over a decade.
In recent years, fans of Britney’s have suspected her father of wrongdoing related to the conservatorship, believing he may be taking advantage of the situation. They’ve since started the #FreeBritney movement, which seeks to have Jamie Spears’ control relinquished.
Spears herself has rarely discussed the conservatorship – until this week, when lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III filed documents in which he says the singer believes the arrangement “must be changed must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes.”
As The New York Times reports, Spears says she is “strongly opposed” to her father returning to the conservatorship role and also suggested she may wish to end the arrangement altogether.
“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,” the filing reads. Regarding her finances, the documents say Spears would prefer to have “a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role”.
Other changes Spears is seeking to the conservatorship include her “desire not to perform at this time” – she announced an indefinite hiatus on performing back in January of last year.
Last year, Spears reportedly attempted to break free of the conservatorship entirely, after accusing her father of placing her in a mental health facility against her will.
Earlier this month, Jamie Spears spoke out regarding the conservatorship, attacking those in the #FreeBritney movement. Speaking to Page Six, Spears said he was being painted as a villain and that accusations around him taking advantage of the role were “a joke”.
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” he said. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”