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Singer Britney Spears remains under her father’s conservatorship

Singer Britney Spears remains under her father's conservatorship HalfofThe
Singer Britney Spears remains under her father's conservatorship HalfofThe

Britney Spears has been under conservatorship for 13 years

Pop icon’s and familial issues have gone hand in hand for a while. From Beyonce to Adele, merging family with business has always been chaotic for the rich and famous.

Now, Britney Spears is facing a similar fate. In 2008, Jamie Spears, Britney’s father approached the US court for a temporary conservatorship, after the star had started to develop mental predicaments, most notably driving a car with her son on her lap. Jamie’s wish was granted as the court agreed to his request for his daughter’s conservatorship. This gave him the right to manage his daughter’s health and financial dealings. 

What has happened since 2008?

Even though the conservatorship was granted temporarily, it was constantly extended through the decade, Giving Jamie Spear’s full control over Britney’s finances. Over the last 10 years, Britney has gone on multiple tours, releasing a plethora of albums, and the financial handlings have always been under Jamie’s control. Since the beginning of 2010, a new internet movement came into fruition, called #freebritney, an effort is undertaken by the pop icons fans to free Britney of her father’s control. The #freebritney movement although circled with a lot of enthusiasm had lost its initial momentum. In September 2020, Britney’s lawyers appealed to the court to stop Jamies request for further extension of his conservatorship, which was just the right cue for the #freebritney to starting trending again. Fans have been demanding the judicial authorities to grant Britney’s request and free her from Jamie’s control.

Britney’s Post last week

What did the court say?

In November 2020, the court had denied Britney and her lawyers request to end the conservatorship. And in December 2020, it was extended through September 2021, much to the disappointment of her fans. Emphasising the apparent abusive nature of her father’s control, Britney, in a 24 Minute statement said “I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough,” she said. “I was told right now in the conservatorship, I’m not able to get married or have a baby. I have an I[U]D inside of myself right now so I don’t get pregnant. I wanted to take the IUD out so I could start trying to have another baby, but this so-called team won’t let me go to the doctor to take it out because they don’t want me to have children,”.

She added, “I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive. Basically, this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody.”

Post this statement multiple TV personalities came to her support.

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