Britney Spears Seeks Freedom from Her Father, Who’s Been in Control of Her Life and Money for 12 Years
It all started back in 2008 when Spears had very public meltdowns. Do you remember watching Britany Spears famously shave her head? That was 2008.
At the time, her father, James Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet were appointed co-conservators of her person and her finances. A conservator is usually only appointed when someone does not have the ability to make decisions for him or herself, and Brittany acknowledges that this was necessary back in 2008.
Usually a conservatorship is only temporary, but Wallet and James Spears continued to function as co-conservators for 11 years. Then, last year, Wallet stepped down. That left James Spears in charge.
Shortly thereafter, James Spears temporarily stepped down as conservator of his daughter’s person due to his own health reasons, but he remained in control of her finances.
Britany Spears does not want her father to be conservator of her person any longer, and she doesn’t want him to be conservator of her finances either. Instead, she wants Jodi Montgomery to become conservator of her person and the Bessemer Trust to be conservator of her finances. She is going to court to try to make this permanent change.
James Spears believes that he should remain in control of his daughter’s finances because he has literally turned her financial situation around. Her estate was in debt and facing millions of dollars in lawsuits. Now, her estate is worth $60 million.
One court filing reads, “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.”
James Spears also believes that he should be in charge of his daughter’s person because he helped return her to good health, helped reunite her with her children and helped her career.
Judge Brenda Penny is expected to make a decision on Tuesday November 10, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Britany Spears and most of the other participants in the case are expected to participate via phone.
Britney Spears has stated that her father thinks the #FreeBritney movement is a joke. In a court filing, she explained, “Far from being a conspiracy theory or a ‘joke’ as James reportedly told the media, in large part this scrutiny is a reasonable and even predictable result of James’ aggressive use of the sealing procedure over the years to minimize the amount of meaningful information made available to the public.”
Britney Spears believes her life has been kept too private. The court proceedings are expected to be kept private as well.