Britney Spears has asked a court to end her father’s strict control over her life, which he has exerted for more than a decade.
For the last 12 years, he has been able to dictate where Britney goes, what happens to her money, her music career, who she sees, and other facets of her life following her mental health breakdown in 2008. This has lead to the recent #FreeBritney campaign, which many fans started as they believed the singer was forced into the agreement.
Jamie Spears temporarily stepped down as his daughter’s conservator last year, citing health problems, but was due to resume the role this year.
Essentially, a conservatorship is usually granted for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions, like those with dementia or other mental illnesses.
According to a court document filed to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles, “Britney is strongly opposed to James’ return as conservator of her person.”
Court documents obtained by TMZ and US Weekly show Britney wants the conservatorship title to be transferred to her temporary care manager Jodi Montgomery, however, it adds that it does not mean she is going to stop seeking an end to the agreement altogether.
The document went on to say that the the singer was in favour of the role, which she said “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”.
The document also revealed that Britney has no plans to perform again soon.
She last performed live in October 2018, before cancelling a planned 2019 Las Vegas residency due to her father’s ill health, noting how “it’s important to always put your family first”.
Fans have been understandably worried about the star since news of the conservatorship came to light, but her father has previously said that the #FreeBritney movement is stupid.
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue. It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business,” he said. “I have to report every nickel and dime spent to the court every year. How the hell would I steal something?”
“People are being stalked and targeted with death threats. It’s horrible. We don’t want those kinds of fans. I love my daughter. I love all my kids. But this is our business. It’s private.”
A court date about the future of the conservatorship is set to take place in a US court today (Wednesday, 19th August).