Britney Spears’ father steps down as her conservator
On 12th August, Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears agreed to step down as his daughter’s conservator after 13 years.
Britney, aged 39, has been fighting to remove her father as her conservator for over a year. Although he is stepping down from this position, he did not resign immediately. His lawyer said that Jamie will assist with an orderly transition to a new conservator, which is why he decided not to resign right away.
On 23rd June, pop star Britney Spears said, “I want my life back.” She told the courts how she was forced to have an IUD implanted, she was prevented from marrying and having more children with her boyfriend, personal trainer and Iranian actor, Sam Asghari. She was forced to perform against her wishes and was denied basic freedom.
Now that Jamie Spears announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down, Britney remarked about “freedom” and “letting go”.
Only a week ago, Jamie had been arguing that he should not step down due to Britney’s struggles with mental health. However, court appointed mental health professional Jodi Montgomery said it was in Britney’s best interest to have Jamie step down, as she is concerned, and she thinks it affects Britney’s behaviour and mental health.
The Spears family has been torn apart over the career and fortune of Britney Spears, who pleaded to end the conservatorship arrangement claiming that she had been taken advantage of by her entire family.
Since 2008, Jamie Spears has been paying himself $16,000 a month to manage his daughter’s fortune. Lynna, Britney’s mother and Jamie’s ex-wife, accused Jamie last month for keeping excessive control over their daughter.
Jamie said that Lynne hadn’t been involved in their daughter’s life in 12 years, so she did not know what was going on. He also pointed out the fact that Britney was paying over $150,000 a year for Lynne’s Louisiana mansion. He further revealed that Britney’s medical costs came to more than $10,000 a month and that Lynne was ignorant of the extent of their daughter’s troubles.
Britney Spears’ former bodyguard said that she was living “like an inmate in a golden prison”, while she herself described her life as “living in custody”. She is unable to go out unsupervised and always has her phone calls monitored. Due to this kind of treatment and more, Britney told the court that she wanted to charge her father with conservatorship abuse.
This is a legal concept where a court appoints a person to manage an incapacitated person or minor’s financial and personal affairs.
It is important to carefully examine and assess who would be the best person to take on the role of being a conservator for an individual, even if they are family. In the UK, family members aren’t allowed to take on this role.
Something else to take into account would be to have someone oversee the whole system of conservators, to make sure cases like Britney Spears’ don’t happen again.
Most people in the general public have taken Britney’s side, emphasising with the pop star and being disapproving of her parents, especially the father Jamie Spears. Hearing the bodyguard and the mental health professional Jodi Montgomery talk about Britney Spears and backing her up made the public lean more in favour for Britney, increasing the importance of choosing the right conservator amongst the public.