Britney Spear's Conservatorship Misery Finally Ends
A Los Angeles judge finally ruled in Briney's favor, ending the conservatorship that has controlled her life for 13 years.
On November 12, 2021, Judge Brenda Penny declared that the "arrangement is no longer required." Spears, now 39, was first put under a temporary psychiatric hold in February 2008. She was 26 at the time.
Her father and an attorney received a temporary conservatorship at that time, which was later made permanent in October of that year. While the legal arrangement may have, at one point, been for her well-being, Spears has been outspoken that she no longer felt it was necessary. Concerns regarding her well-being have been circulating among fans on social media since 2019.
Spears' father, Jamie Spears, was in charge of her major financial and personal life decisions for the majority of the time. As public outcry grew against the arrangement, he recently stepped down as head of her financial estate in September 2021. He had ceased to manage her personal affairs in 2019, citing health reasons. Jamie Spears was replaced by care professional Jodi Montgomery.
The conservatorship controlled many aspects of Britney's life. Her finances and career were both overseen and managed through the conservatorship. However, it reached into more personal matters as well - like visitation with her two teenage sons, or whether she is permitted to remarry. The BBC reported earlier that court records show the conservatorship even had a say in the color of her kitchen cabinets.
Britney spoke earlier on her behalf, testifying in June over the phone at a court hearing. CNN provided a full transcript of her testimony. During it, she objects to the ethics of her conservatorship. "Once you see someone, whoever it is in the conservatorship, making money, making them money, and myself money and working. That whole, that whole statement right there, the conservatorship should end. There should be... I shouldn't be on a conservatorship. If I can work and provide money and work for myself. It makes no sense," Spears declares, later adding, "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive."
The singer also lists a number of concerns regarding her medical and mental health treatment. Among them, she expresses that she's being kept from support systems such as friends from AA. "I did AA for two years to have like, you know, I did three meetings a week, you know, I met a bunch of women there and I'm not able to see my friends that live eight minutes away from me, which I find extremely strange. I feel like they're making me feel like I live in a rehab program. This is my home."
Spears concludes near the end by saying, "I feel ganged up on and I feel bullied, and I feel left out and alone and I'm tired of feeling alone. I deserve to have the same rights as anybody does by having a child, a family, any of those things, and more so."
The legal battles may not be over yet. The singer's lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, is considering further action against Mr. Spears. Of note, Rosengart has already hired forensic accountants to examine the previous management of Spears' money. Rosengart has also filed to review material related to claims that the elder Spears allegedly kept Britney under surveillance. Allegations include that Mr. Spears bugged his daughter's home and telephone, and captured audio recordings of conversations held in her bedroom.
After the ruling her favor, Britney shared this post on Instagram of fans celebrating the legal victory. It was accompanied by a post stating "...I think I'm gonna cry the rest of the day!!!! Best day ever....praise the Lord...can I get an Amen??? #FreedBritney
Jamie Dixon is a contributing writer here at The Pyrrhic. She's a content writer by profession, but this is more fun. She's also working on her first novel in her spare time.
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