Britney Spears’ request to remove her father as her conservator has been denied by the courts, according to Variety on November 11, 2020.
Co-conservatorship was granted to Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, and attorney Andrew Wallet in 2008 after experiencing a string of mental breakdowns. A conservator – an individual or organization- is appointed when a person cannot care for themselves or manage their finances.
Speculation of Spears’ mental health started in 2007 when she shocked the world with her bizarre behavior of shaving off all of her hair and repeatedly using an umbrella to hit a car.
In 2008, the fallen artist tested negative for illegal drugs after the London News of the World claimed she ingested a mixture of illicit drugs and vodka. A professor at the University of Florida, Paul L. Doering, stated it was not likely Spears consumed the alleged lethal mixture of drugs and alcohol.
While in the hospital, Dr. Phil, a television personality, visited Spears. He decided against airing an episode about the troubled artists’ situation at the time, citing it was “too intense.”
Just last year, Wallet partially stepped down from his role as co-conservator, citing health concerns. He claimed the conservatorship could be a life long order.
According to court filings, Jamie Spears argued he is credited for getting his daughter out of debt and in the black to the tune of $60 million. He claimed that Spears’ health is good, her career is alive, and she has a relationship with her children because of his involvement.
However, Spears — 38 years old, has tried to alter the court order. According to Spears’ lawyer, Samuel Ingham III, she stated she is afraid of her father and refuses to perform with the current order in place. Her mother, Lynne Spears, agrees that it is time to change the conservatorship order. She is no longer married to Jamie Spears.
Although the court order was denied, the judge left the door open to consider future filings to remove her father as her conservator.
The pop stars fans started a campaign titled #FreeBritney. They believe the singer’s father is controlling her against her will.
In the Variety article’s comments section, one fan attributes the onset of her troubles to pairing up with ex-husband Kevin Federline — calling him a leech. Others think she should be grateful that her father stepped in and saved her estate. One fan, Ron, offered up some encouragement by simply writing:
[Britney], Never give up.
Witten by Sheree Bynum
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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