Jamie Spears defends Britney's conservatorship in new tell-all interview

He says the 13-year conservatorship 'saved' her life.
December 20, 2022 2:28 p.m. EST
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After pop star Britney Spears’ 13-year conservatorship was terminated in November 2021, it might have been safe to assume that the furor over it would die down, but more than a year later, there is still outrage.

Over the past year, Britney herself has posted videos and statements to her social media, calling out her family and her father, Jamie Spears, specifically, for trying to ruin and control her life for 13 years. Now, her beleaguered father is speaking up in a new bombshell tell-all interview.

Speaking with British tabloid The Daily Mail, Jamie Spears, whom the “Toxic” singer once said “should be in jail,” has alleged that without his intervention in 2008 in setting up the legal conservatorship, Britney would be destitute and without access to her two sons. And perhaps even dead.

“Where would Britney be right now without that conservatorship? And I don't know if she'd be alive. I don't,” he told the tabloid.

“For protecting her, and also protecting the kids, conservatorship was a great tool. Without it, I don't think she would have got the kids back,” he continued.

During the conservatorship, Jamie had legal control over Britney’s physical body, mental health, and financial situation, as it was deemed that his daughter was incapable of making good choices for herself after a very public breakdown in 2008. During the 2021 conservatorship hearings, and in the year since its termination, Britney has alleged that a series of indecencies and indignities were committed against her by her father, including being forced into a mental health facility in 2019, pints of blood drawn from her against her will, forced to sit in a chair for 10 hours a day, and mental anguish at the hands of her father. She accused him of forcing her to insert an IUD against her will, preventing her from having children and barring her from getting married to her now-husband Sam Asghari. It was also alleged that she had no access to her own money but that her father was funneling her funds into his own account. 

According to Jamie, he just had his daughter’s best interests at heart.

“She was broke,” he told the outlet. “She had no money whatsoever. The conservatorship set a resource where she could get back financially. And, you know, we worked – and she worked – and she got herself straight up financially. 'The conservatorship allowed the finances to be better.”

He continued, “My understanding of a conservatorship is to help someone regain their life and return back to society, and to be able to live normally. I want to say that I made a difference. There were a few people behind me that really helped bring it to a point where we could help her.”

Her father goes on to say that it was in conjunction with Britney’s ex-husband, Kevin Federline, former backup dancer, and father to their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden, that he was able to give his grandsons a normal life and restore a fractured relationship with their mother. 

“My relationship with Kevin gave them a sense of peace, and of protection,,” he stated. “Kevin will tell you this too – it was us who raised the kids. I just did what I was supposed to do, or felt like I needed to do. I didn't make any decisions on my own – the team of people were me and my associate, and Kevin. We could all take the kids to the doctor, and to school. At that time Kevin had a lot going on.”

He added, “And the conservatorship made sure the boys never left that house without security. They didn't go to school one day without lunch.”

Spears also confirmed to The Daily Mail that he is working with Federline on a book about fatherhood. 

Earlier this year, Kevin gave his own unguarded interview to ITV news where he alleged that their sons chose not to go to her wedding to Sam Asghari, and suggested her recent spate of sexy photoshoots posted to her social media were hurting their sons. At the time, Kevin seemed to confirm everything Jamie is saying, telling the world that Jamie “saved her life.”

However, in 2019, Kevin filed a police report and obtained a restraining order against Jamie Spears, allegedly stemming from a violent altercation between Jamie and Britney’s son Sean.

Britney being Britney, the “Piece of Me” singer shot back in a series of statements against her ex-husband and even her children, reminding them of the sexism and misogyny in their statements. 

During the conservatorship hearings last year, Britney was finally allowed to appoint her own lawyer of her own choosing, after years of being deemed unfit to choose her own counsel, and she hired Mathew Rosengart. Rosengart has referred to Jamie Spears as “a reported alcoholic and gambling addict, with zero financial background or experience in financial matters, who previously filed for bankruptcy and has a domestic violence restraining order currently in effect against him.”

In his tell-all interview this week, Jamie replied, “All I can say is that most people don't have a clue what the truth is. Her lawyer doesn't have a clue what the truth is.”

At press time, Britney hasn’t responded publicly or on social media to Jamie’s interview, but if we know the “Oops I Did It Again” singer, we suspect she will have something to say shortly.

It would seem that the #FreeBritney movement is not taking Jamie’s interview lightly.

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