Britney Spears is breaking her silence over her ongoing conservatorship battle. Or at least she will be, now that she’s finally scheduled to address the court herself in June.
Samuel D. Ingham, the lawyer representing Spears in the months-long battle, told the court on April 27 that the 39-year-old pop star would like the chance to “address the court directly” after previously revealing through her legal team that she wishes to remove her father, Jamie Spears, as conservator of her and her $60 million estate.
She’ll get that chance on June 23 in another hearing, but at time of press it’s not clear exactly what she will say. One thing is for sure though, and that’s that fans who have been following this story will be all ears.
Sources close to Spears told TMZ that she is "angry at her dad and has virtually no interaction with him anymore."
Another source added that the singer hasn't been specific about what she wants to say to the judge, but it's more likely than not she wants her dad out of the conservatorship entirely.
The outlet reports that unless they talk about the singer's medical condition, the hearing should be open to the media and the public and everyone can watch the hearing on zoom.
Spears has been under a court-approved conservatorship for the past 13 years. Over the past year or so though, as the singer fights to remove herself from under her father’s control, the #FreeBritney movement has been swelling as fans dissect every social media post and dig further into the story to figure out whether Brit is actually okay.
Fans who have only been casually paying attention to the entire thing got their own earful in February when the New York Times Presents put together the documentary Framing Britney Spears (stream now on Crave).
The film traces the conservatorship’s timeline and delves into how Spears was treated by the media and paparazzi while growing up in the spotlight. It also includes interviews from some of those who knew Spears and her family during her rise to fame. Spears herself declined to participate.
“I didn't watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in,” Spears shared on Instagram on March 30. “I cried for two weeks and well .... I still cry sometimes !!!! I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy ... love ... and happiness.”
It’s as much as Spears has said publicly about any of the controversy surrounding the conservatorship, which means this anticipated court date will be the first time she is addressing it directly.
Since Spears was placed under the conservatorship in 2008, it’s Jamie who has been largely in control. He was initially the co-conservator alongside lawyer Andrew Wallet, however, Wallet resigned from the gig in 2019. Jamie then had to temporarily step aside as the new sole conservator for health reasons in September 2019 and Spears’ care manager, Jodi Montgomery, took his place.
Last November, the court approved Spears’ request to appoint Bessemer Trust as her new co-conservator, although the order still hasn’t taken effect as both sides continue arguing over the language of the decision. Another hearing is scheduled to take place on July 14 to hopefully work through that.
"(Jamie) would love nothing more than to see Britney not need a conservatorship," Jamie’s laywer, Vivian Thoreen, told CNN last month. "Whether or not there is an end to the conservatorship really depends on Britney. If she wants to end her conservatorship, she can file a petition to end it."
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