After 13 years and a months-long public court battle, Britney Spears’ conservatorship may be coming to an end, and #FreeBritney will no longer be a hashtag but an actual reality.
On September 7, Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, shocked everyone when he filed paperwork asking the judge to end his daughter’s conservatorship for good, and not just end his role in overseeing her affairs, as was previously stated and expected.
According to the paperwork, obtained by TMZ, Jamie feels that if a judge believes Brit can hire her own lawyer then she should be able to manage her other business affairs and her $60 million estate as well—and all without a medical evaluation.
“This Court has recognized that Ms. Spears has both the capacity and capability to identify, engage, and instruct counsel of her own choice, on her own, without the assistance of the Conservator or the Court,” reads the paperwork. “If Ms. Spears has the capability to engage counsel on her own, she presumably has capacity to handle other contractual and business matters.”
Jamie also says that the conservatorship has lasted a long time, and things have changed so much in the last 13 years that “grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.”
The man then goes on to address Britney’s shocking testimony from June, in which she revealed the lack of control she has over her own body and her current mental health.
“Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship. She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy,” he said in the statement.
“She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding.”
Jamie also added that he didn’t know why Britney’s lawyers hadn’t yet filed a petition to end the conservatorship themselves, but that if his daughter believes she can handle her own life then she should be given the chance. He adds that she, “has recently demonstrated a level of independence that calls into question whether a conservator of the person is required.”
In that vein, he also believes that Britney’s caregiver, Jodi Montgomery, should be relieved of her conservatorship duties as well.
So far (at time of press) Britney hasn’t posted anything on social media about the new developments, other than a video of her wearing a yellow dress on her Instagram Story and a seemingly unrelated post sending love to Iggy Azalea.
Of course, some fans are speculating that yellow is a sign for sunnier days for the popstar after the revolutionary red motif she's been exhibiting on and off for the past couple years.
This has all been a long time coming for Spears, not to mention her hordes of fans that have been fighting for this for her for months and even years now.
It wasn’t until recently that the court proceedings gained any real momentum, but following Spears’ testimony, things changed and Judge Brenda Penny allowed Spears to hire her own attorney, former federal prosecutor Matthew Rosengart.
Rosengart almost immediately called on Jamie to resign as Britney’s conservator, which he did in August. A hearing was scheduled for September 29 to make the resignation official, but according to this new paperwork, things could be expedited and Britney could be a free woman by October.
Now all that’s left to do is for Judge Penny to approve…
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