After a years long battle, Britney Spears’ conservatory could be altered or even end soon. A hearing will be held on Sept. 29 to determine whether to end the deal that has largely controlled the 39-year-old singer’s life since 2008. The move comes months after renewed media attention on Britney’s conservatory, including documentary Framing. Britney Spears and the coverage of her heartbreaking testimony in a June hearing.
For more than a decade, Britney’s father Jamie Spears essentially had total legal control of her life despite the #FreeBritney movement supporting his efforts to regain control. Here’s what you need to know about how the conservatory came about and what has been happening in recent years.
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When did the conservative on Britney Spears start?
In 2008, Britney suffered what appeared to be a very public meltdown and, following a series of strange behaviors, she was put on a psychiatric suspension at a Los Angeles hospital for evaluation. At the time, her father asked for the “temporary” conservatory, claiming that Britney was unable to take care of herself and her life affairs. The conservatory has granted him the legal right to oversee and control most aspects of her life, from her health and business decisions to her personal life. According to a 2016 New York Times report, that scrutiny and scrutiny covers every detail, from buying a cup of coffee to testimony in court.
Why is Britney opposed to Jamie Spears acting as a conservative?
In September 2019, People reported that Jamie was temporarily stepping down from his role as Conservative, but intended to return; The decision came after reports that he had allegedly had a verbal and physical altercation with Britney’s teenage son, Sean, and that Sean’s father, Kevin Federline, had filed a restraining order against Jamie. At the time, Jodi Montgomery, a licensed conservator, took on the role of Jamie.
In August 2020, People reported that Britney filed a document opposing her role as a father, demanding that Montgomery continue permanently as a conservator and that a “qualified corporate trustee” be appointed as her owner, rather than a father. her. “We are now at a point where the conservatory needs to change substantially in order to reflect major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated desires,” her attorney said in the filing.
In September 2020, Us Weekly reported that Britney requested that the court case be open to the public, going against her father’s wishes to keep it sealed. “Britney herself is vehemently opposed to her father’s effort to keep her legal fight hidden in the closet as a family secret,” reads part of the filing. She also recognized the #FreeBritney movement and suggested that Britney, at least in part, agrees. “Far from being a conspiracy theory or a ‘joke’ as James would tell the media, in large part this scrutiny [on social media] 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. Whatever merits her strategy might have had years ago when Britney was trying to restart her career, at this point in her life where trying to regain some personal autonomy, Britney welcomes and appreciates the informed support of her many fans.
The most devastating testimony came from Britney herself in June 2021. In a virtual court hearing, Britney detailed a litany of indignation, manipulation and abuse she allegedly suffered under the conservatory. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Britney testified that she was forced to go on tour in 2018, switch medications against her wishes, give up her autonomy over her personal life, and more. “Not only did my family not do a divine thing, my father was all for it,” she said.
What’s happening with the Conservatory now?
In November 2020, Britney formally moved in to permanently remove her father as a co-curator of her estate. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny denied her request, despite Britney’s insistence, through her attorney, who feared her father and did not wish to perform while he was in charge of her affairs. In February 2021, the judge ruled that Jamie should have a joint conservatory with financial services firm Bessemer Trust. Following Britney’s testimony in June, however, the trust has resigned.
In early September, following a series of revelations about the case – including Judge Penny giving Britney permission to hire her own attorney – Jamie filed a petition to end Britney’s Conservatory. Weeks later, she filed her petition agreeing to the move; a hearing later in the month will decide whether termination will be granted. Britney also recently got engaged to Sam Asghari, which she has told her she’s been wanting to do for some time.
The media continued to follow the conservatory’s developments. FX and Hulu have released a new follow-up documentary, Controlling Britney Spears, with New York Times investigations into the intense and constant monitoring Britney was subjected to during her conservatory. Netflix also has a documentary, Britney vs. Spears, which will debut on September 28 (the day before the hearing).
How Likely Is It Britney Spears’s Conservatorship Will End?
At this point, that’s for the court to decide. For the first time, both Britney and her father di lei have requested that the conservatorship come to end, which removes what was previously the biggest obstacle: Jamie’s opposition di lei. However, there could still be barriers ahead. According to Variety, the court might not end the conservatorship completely without a mental health evaluation. And, in court filings, Britney has made clear that her highest priority di lei is having her father removed from the conservatorship, even if that means it remains in place. Either way, both Britney and her supporters di lei will have answers soon.