The news so many have been waiting for has finally arrived: Britney is free! Technically, there are still some court orders needed, but the big hurdle of removing her father, James (Jamie) Spears, from the conservatorship has been approved by a judge.
Yesterday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny suspended Mr. Spears from controlling the conservatorship that has been in place for 13 years. Judge Penny stated the conservatorship “reflects a toxic environment.” Ms. Spear’s father will no longer be in control of her life or money.
The Free Britney movement has been underway for more than a decade, but picked up major steam in the past year as documentaries have brought more to light. In June, Britney plead for her father to be removed and detailed the controlling situation of the conservatorship. At the hearing, she begged for an end to the conservatorship and said, “I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized. I just want my life back. I want to end the conservatorship without having to be evaluated. I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship if I can work. The laws need to change. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive.” She also stated, “My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management, they should be in jail. I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. I don’t feel like I can live a full life.”
Since then, Jamie has asked to end the entire conservatorship, which is expected to be canceled at a hearing on November 12th. He argued his removal was unnecessary if the conservatorship ended, but Judge Penny stated, “The current situation is untenable. It reflects a toxic environment which requires the suspension of James Spears.”
Britney’s conservatorship began in 2008 after her public meltdown and mental struggles. At that time, Jamie was put in charge of all of her matters – herself and her finances. Britney’s attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said the singer “has been faced with a decade-long nightmare, Kafkaesque nightmare orchestrated by her father and others.” In the past few months alone, there have been claims that Britney could not get her birth control device removed, marry her boyfriend, have children, and even of listening devices placed in her room. Jamie did step aside from the physical management of Britney’s personal life in 2019, but maintained control of her finances. At that time, Jody Montgomery took over as conservator of Britney’s person, but has agreed to step aside and allow the arrangement to end.
The singer is having an amazing few months as she recently got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari. Hopefully thing will continue to improve for Britney Spears and the Free Britney movement can retire after a job well done.