Since the infamous head-shaving incident over 13 years ago, her personal life and career have been up and down like a roller coaster — as detailed in the documentary Framing Britney on 9Now.
This year, the songstress has addressed a court in Los Angeles, saying she “deserve[s] to have a life” and she’s “not here to be anyone’s slave.”
Up until 2017, she was regularly performing and releasing new music despite being under full court-ordered control of her father.
But the last two years has seen #FreeBritney trending online, with celebrities like Paris Hilton even jumping on board to comment.
Britney’s son revealed in an Instagram Live video last year that she’d probably never make music again, something the singer also hinted at in June 2021.
So, what’s going on? Here’s everything that’s happened with Britney over the last decade, to get her to where we are now — in the midst of an intense court battle.
In early 2007, Britney was filmed shaving her own head in a Los Angeles hair salon after leaving a drug rehabilitation centre. Later, she voluntarily spent some time in various treatment facilities over a few months.
In the year that followed, she dropped her album Blackout which received positive reviews and sold three million units worldwide. But her performance of ‘Gimme More’ at the MTV VMAs in September was criticised, with many suggesting the star wasn’t as mentally stable as she claimed to be.
In January 2008, Britney was placed under a 5150: an involuntary 72-hour psychiatric evaluation. She was photographed by paparazzi being removed from her LA home on a gurney, but only stayed in hospital for two days.
A couple of weeks later she was placed under another 5150, and while in hospital the courts ruled that she should be placed under a temporary conservatorship held by her father, Jamie Spears.
What’s a conservatorship? Basically, a conservator, like Jamie, controls every aspect of her life: business, financial, and personal. If Britney wants money — even just $5 for a coffee — she has to get permission. While her conservator, he has total control over her career choices, her appearance, and even romantic life.
People placed under a conservatorship are not allowed to vote, drive, get married, or be pregnant. Britney also lost custody of her two children, Sean and Jayden, then aged two and one.
Later in 2008, Britney had a highly-publicised comeback in the lead-up to her album Circus, released in December. Doing public performances and winning MTV awards, it felt like the Britney from the early ’00s was back.
The conservatorship was set to expire in December, but it was made permanent by a judge.
Jamie was made the permanent conservator of her affairs while attorney Andrew Wallet was named the permanent co-conservator of her estate.
In 2009, Britney toured the world with her Circus tour, while still legally under her father’s control. Leaked voicemails with her lawyer revealed allegations that Britney’s father was using her visitation rights with her two children as leverage to stop her from fighting the conservatorship in court.
2010 – 2012
In 2010 and 2011, many Britney fans noted that she seemed pretty lethargic on stage. It was widely believed, though never confirmed, that she was made to continue touring and performing despite not wanting to do so.
In 2011, she announced her engagement to Jason Trawick, a member of her management team. Britney was still under her father’s guardianship, but during their engagement, Jason became co-conservator of her personal affairs. Jamie Spears still had full control of Britney’s career and finances, but Jason could dictate everything in her personal life.
The pair split up by the end of 2012, before they could get married. Jason resigned as co-conservator and Papa Spears was in full control again.
Britney’s eighth studio album, Britney Jean, was released in December 2013 and was widely panned by critics. Though she called it some of the most personal music she’d ever released, some fans wondered if it was even her voice on some of the recordings.
By 2015, Britney had an extremely popular residency in Las Vegas, Britney: Piece Of Me. It started in late 2013 and was extended multiple times.
In the middle of 2015, fans noticed that her energy had taken a pretty drastic shift. She suddenly looked excited and invigorated, like she really wanted to be there.
According to fans, she went from performing shows with little-to-no energy, where she just marked out the choreography, to having flawless form and actually smiling and enjoying herself.
At one point, she even wore a bedazzled top that read “YOU DON’T OWN ME” — a move some fans viewed as a nod to her father and the conservatorship.
In 2016, things kept looking up. At that year’s Billboard Awards, she won the coveted Millennium Award then took to the stage to perform a medley of her past hits.
Again, she looked happy and healthy and had the stage presence that had been missing from public performances over the last couple of years.
Later in the year, she dropped her ninth album, Glory, which was received much more positively than her last album had been.
By the end of 2017, Britney’s Vegas residency had been extended twice. It was originally set to run for two years but, due to rave reviews and numerous awards, ended up running for a full four years with nearly 250 shows.
Soon afterwards, her second residency, Domination, was announced to fans. In the lead-up to opening night in early 2019, Britney was constantly posting updates and videos from rehearsal. Fans commented that she was in relatively good spirits and seemed excited for Domination.
In early 2019, Britney indefinitely postponed the Domination residence, citing her father’s bad health.
Saying that the decision “breaks her heart”, she wrote, “a couple of months ago, my father was hospitalised and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time.”
A couple of days after cancelling the residency, Britney was spotted driving in LA. One of the conditions of her conservatorship is that she can’t drive, and she hadn’t been seen behind a wheel since 2008.
After that, she wasn’t seen for three months, either online or in person. In April, it was revealed that she had been at a mental health facility, allegedly placed there against her will by her father.
And this is when the #FreeBritney hashtag was born.
Feel free to take a breather here for a second, because here’s where the drama all starts to happen.
Firstly, in March, Britney’s father became sole conservator after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned from his co-conservatorship.
In April, a paralegal who worked with Britney when she was contesting her conservatorship reached out to the podcast Britney’s Gram. He claimed that Britney had stopped taking her medication while rehearsing for Domination, and her father Jamie demanded she go back on them or he’d cancel the residency. When she refused, he allegedly cancelled it and placed her in a treatment facility.
#FreeBritney began trending, and her own mother, Lynn Spears, was liking comments saying that Britney was being held against her will. Britney took to social media to clear up the allegations in a video where she claimed the rumours were “out of control”. She asked for time to deal with things in her own way.
In May, Britney and her family went to court for the annual reassessment of her conservatorship.
As fans loudly protested outside, holding “Free Britney” signs, she allegedly asked the judge to “consider ending it“.
The conservatorship stayed in place.
Shortly after, her longtime manager told TMZ that he thought she’d “never perform again“.
“Personally, I want for her to just find a peaceful, happy place — whatever that means for her,” he said. “It’s not about a career anymore — it’s about life.”
In June, a lawsuit filed in LA alleged that a blogger had falsely claimed the court-ordered conservatorship had manipulated Britney’s Instagram to make her ‘troubled’.
The opening line of the lawsuit stated, “It is time for the conspiracy theories about Britney Spears’ well-being and the mob #FreeBritney movement to stop.”
In September, Britney and her ex Kevin Federline, the father of her children, reached a new custody agreement which meant she got 30 per cent (unsupervised) custody of sons Sean and Jaden, then 13 and 12, while Kevin got 70 per cent. The arrangement had been in place since August 2018, according to TMZ, but it was only formalised in September 2019.
Hours after this news was reported, it was revealed that back in August, Federline, filed a restraining order on behalf of his sons against Jamie. He claimed Jamie abused them and the request was granted.
Not long after news of the custody agreement and restraining order, Jamie stepped down temporarily as Britney’s conservator, citing ongoing health issues. In his place, until January 31, 2020, Britney’s care manager Jodi Montgomery was approved to fill in as conservator. It was decided, temporarily, that Jamie would no longer be conservator of Britney’s personal life, though he would maintain financial control over her.
In late 2019 and early 2020, people began noticing that Britney’s Instagram was becoming a strange place. She posted a lot of videos of her dancing, walking around her house, and just posing in front of the camera.
Nothing really out of the ordinary, but still not what you’d expect from one of the biggest pop stars in the world. This particularly bizarre Christmas video was posted with the caption “There’s no reason to ever go out of your way to make mean comments and bully people.”
However, she could just be living her life as a mum and doing her best to have a good time. She’s been dating personal trainer Sam Asghari since 2016, and seems genuinely happy with him. The duo are now engaged.
In January, Britney spoke in an Instagram Story about how important freedom is to her.
Around this time, she made another plea before the courts for her conservatorship to be lifted and a full hearing was scheduled for April 2020.
In March, a source revealed to Us Weekly that she refused to make any more music as a protest of her conservatorship. “This is the longest break between album cycles in her career — it’s coming up on four years since Glory was released — and she’s perfectly content with it,” the source said.
In early March, her son Jayden went on a giant rant on Instagram Live, where he called his grandfather Jamie a “d–k” and commented that Britney would probably never make new music again.
When a follower asked him if Britney was under Jamie’s control, he replied, “I don’t know”. But when someone else wrote “help your [mum] break free”, he replied, “That’s what I’m trying to do.”
“I remember one time I asked her, I said, ‘What happened to your music?’ and she was like, ‘I don’t know, honey. I think I might just quit it’,” he revealed.
On May 3, Us Weekly confirmed that Britney would remain under the conservatorship until the end of August.
According to court documents obtained by the outlet, a judge issued an order allowing the temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, to remain in place until August 22, 2020.
The extension was made due to courthouses being closed amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The singer had also been hoping to start a family with her boyfriend Sam Asghari last year. Us Weekly cited a source that said Britney told a court official that she had wanted to have a child with her boyfriend and that the singer’s father, Jamie Spears, had been against the idea.
“Britney told the probate investigator late last year she wanted to have a baby,” the source exclusively told Us Weekly. “Her dad had always been against Britney getting pregnant.”
Considering the US had been in COVID-19 lockdown for months, there was a lot going on in Camp Britney online. In May, her fans started a social media movement to stream and buy her 2016 album, Glory, which subsequently reached number one on the iTunes charts despite it being four years old. “I have no idea what happened, but because of you, I’m having the best day ever,” she said in a video message.
As a way to thank fans, her record label released an alternate cover photo for the album. Apparently just before the album dropped in 2016, they changed the cover image. Fans speculated that it was because it depicted her with chains, and there could be links drawn to her conservatorship. The Glory artwork that was released in 2016 is a low-quality screenshot from a video, so fans are pretty happy with the new one.
Shortly after that, Britney then released a track called ‘Mood Ring’ onto all streaming platforms. It was previously a bonus Glory track, only available on the Japanese CD release. Fans really have no idea why she did it, but they’re into it.
During isolation, Britney really leaned into Instagram and TikTok, filming a bunch of videos in her home. They’re certainly quirky, and a lot of people have no clue what she’s doing.
Because TikTok is flooded with Gen Z-ers who don’t really know Britney’s full history, she’s been somewhat ridiculed in the comment section. It’s also re-sparked the conversation about the state of her mental health right now.
In July, Britney responded to people who were making fun of her dancing — including Timbaland, a musician who she’s worked with in the past.
“I never said I was the best dancer,” she wrote on Instagram. “I dance simply because it fills my heart with joy and expression 💕!”
Britney also started adding the dates she filmed her videos to the captions, because she believed the paparazzi were editing photos of her to make it look like she’d gained weight in quarantine.
From a legal standpoint, there was little progress in Britney’s conservatorship case. In July, her mother Lynne Spears requested that she have some involvement in her daughter’s finances. She insisted that Britney’s financial matters should be controlled by a third-party financial institution.
Meanwhile, in early July, a fan started a Change.org petition called “Britney Spears: right to her own lawyer“.
That same month, Britney’s brother, Bryan Spears, revealed that his sister is “frustrated” over her conservatorship and wants out.
“She’s always wanted to get out of it,” Bryan said in a podcast interview. “It’s very frustrating to have. Whether someone’s coming in peace to help or coming in with an attitude, having someone constantly tell you to do something has got to be frustrating.
“She’s been in this thing for quite some time now. Obviously there was a need for it at the beginning that I assume everyone knows the issues that were going on, and now they’ve made some changes and all we can kinda do is hope for the best.”
In a rare interview, Britney’s father, Jamie, revealed that he was growing tired of the #FreeBritney movement.
Speaking to Page Six, Jamie called the attempt to see the end of her 12-year long legal conservatorship “a joke”, saying protesters know nothing about what goes on behind closed doors.
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue,” he told the outlet. “It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business.”
Britney’s sister Jamie Lynn shared similar sentiments to her father. Lance Bass revealed that she told him she has no worries about Britney and her mental health. “The one thing that I do know is, I know Jamie Lynn… If Jamie is OK with everything going on, I feel like she really has her sister’s back during all this,” Bass expressed. “So I trust her to give us the real information.”
It was revealed in August that Jamie Lynn had been the trustee of the singer’s fortune since 2018.
On August 19, Britney told a court she wanted to remove her father as her sole conservator, but is OK with the conservatorship remaining in place.
“Britney is strongly opposed to her father continuing as the sole conservator of her estate,” the court document stated. “She strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role.”
Despite this, Jamie asked to reinstate himself as conservator along with attorney Andrew Wallet, who was once his co-conservator before resigning last year.
In the petition, Jamie asked to be given the “power to obtain all documents and records” relating to his daughter’s estate, such as credit cards, bank statements and estate documents. In his filing, it was also revealed that Britney had US$2.7 million in cash assets (approx. $3.7 million) and approximately US$57.4 million (approx. $80 million) in non-cash assets as of December 31, 2019.
There was a lot of back-and-forth in those months, not helped by the viral social media campaign #FreeBritney which has spread a lot of misinformation.
Britney’s plea to have her father removed as sole conservator drew the attention of The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), who reached out to help her.
“People with disabilities have a right to lead self-directed lives and retain their civil rights,” the ACLU said in a tweet as they shared a link to the article regarding the case. “If Britney Spears wants to regain her civil liberties and get out of her conservatorship, we are here to help her.”
At a court hearing in October, Britney’s lawyer compared her mental state to that of a comatose patient.
He told the judge that Britney no longer wanted to perform, despite her father insisting that she revives her career. The judge wanted to hear this from Spears herself, which is when the lawyer claimed her mental state was not one where she should be making legal declarations
On August 22, it was decided that Britney’s conservatorship will be extended until at least February 2021, and on November 10 a judge denied Britney’s request to remove Jamie from her conservatorship
On February 5, a documentary produced by The New York Times about the #FreeBritney movement was released. While attempts to contact Spears for an interview were unsuccessful, her former assistant and members of the media were interviewed for the doco titled Framing Britney Spears. The singer’s parents, her siblings and her ex-husband Kevin Federline all declined to participate.
During the conservatorship hearing on February 11, a judge ordered Jamie to remain as co-conservator of his daughter’s estate along with Bessemer Trust Company, despite his formal request to be reinstated as sole conservator.
Addressing the court, Judge Brenda Penny said the purpose of the order was to give both Jamie and Bessemer “an equal division of responsibility, in the hopes that they would sit down and figure out together the best way to handle this complex estate for the benefit of my client”.
Britney had requested to entirely remove her father as conservator back in November — she wanted the Bessemer Trust Company to solely be in charge of her estate — but Judge Penny also denied that request.
It’s impossible to know exactly what’s going on in Britney’s life. From the outside, there’s no denying it looks messy — though she’ll always be the iconic ’00s pop princess in our hearts.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny announced Britney was set to personally address a court, in regards to dealing with her controversial conservatorship.
The address was scheduled to let the singer give the “status of the conservatorship”, and was the first time she’d spoken publically about her battle to remove her father as her conservator.
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Britney’s lawyer, Samuel Ingham, said, “My client requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly,” but was unsure what specifically she wanted to say.
The hearing was scheduled for June 23, which Britney attended virtually.
On June 17, a few days before her scheduled hearing, Britney answered some fan questions, addressing rumours she will never perform again.
“OK, so I hear that you guys have been writing in and I’m here to answer all of your questions,” Britney said in an Instagram video. … “The question is, Am I ready to take the stage again? Am I going to take the stage again? Will I ever take the stage again?”
“I have no idea,” she answered. “I’m having fun right now, I’m in a transition in my life and I’m enjoying myself so, that’s it.”
June 23, 2021
At the Los Angeles hearing, the pop star called the conservatorship “abusive,” and condemned her father and the others who have controlled it.
“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” she said. “I deserve to have a life.”
Britney said she wants to marry her boyfriend Sam Asghari and have a baby with him, but under her current conservatorship, she is not allowed to.
She also revealed, amongst other disturbing claims — including likening her conservatorship conditions to being a “slave” — that she is being forced to take birth control against her will.
June 24, 2021
One day after her explosive testimony, Britney told fans directly via Instagram that she was “embarrassed to share what happened to me” at the conservatorship hearing.
“I just want to tell you guys a little secret,” she wrote alongside an image of a whimsical little girl walking into a forest with a quote by Albert Einstein: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
Spears’ caption explained that while her life may have been presented as a fairy tale, she has been living a lie and pretending “like everything was ok”.
“I believe as people we all want the fairy tale life and by the way I’ve posted… my life seems to look and be pretty amazing … I think that’s what we all strive for !!!!” she wrote in her caption.
“I’m bringing this to people’s attention,” Spears continued, “Because I don’t want people to think my life is perfect because it’s definitely not at all … and if you have read anything about me in the news this week … you obviously really know now it’s not !!!!”
That same day, Britney’s mum Lynne spoke out about her “concerns” following the singer’s heartbreaking claims during the conservatorship hearing.
According to Lynne’s lawyer Gladstone Jones, she is reportedly a “very concerned mother” after hearing Britney talk freely and in-depth about the “abuse” she says she endured while under the court-appointed conservatorship.
On behalf of Lynne, Jones then asked the judge to listen to Britney’s request to change her care plan, which has been in place since 2008.
June 26, 2021
Britney and her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, jet to Hawaii for a romantic getaway amid the conservatorship hearing chaos.
According to Access, the couple spent time on the island of Maui, which is known to be Spears’ favourite island.
The couple took a series of videos together with different filters on their flight to pass the time, which were posted to Asghari’s Instagram account.
In one Instagram video shared once on the island of Maui, Britney said she was hopeful for her future. The singer looked carefree and relaxed as she lapped up the view and dance in her hotel room overlooking the beach in Maui.
“I like the sound of the ocean at night and I like hearing people laughing from my balcony. There’s a togetherness here and it’s endless !!!” she captioned the video, in which she was also seen playing in the sand.
“Here’s me playing in the dirt and making angels in the sand in the ocean 🌊🏝🐚 !!!! More to come … more to share … more to dream … more to hope for … and many more to pray for !!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL !!!! Here’s to Maui 🌴🌅🏖 !!!!”
June 28, 2021
Britney’s little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, speaks out for the first time to show her support. Jamie Lynn said there’s no need to troll her for not speaking up earlier because she was keeping her silence out of respect for Britney.
“Now that she’s very clearly spoken and said what she needed to say, I feel like I can follow her lead and say what I feeI I need to say,” the Zoey 101 star said on her Instagram Stories.
In the video, Jamie Lynn said she had previously spoken to her sister about hiring a new lawyer, and she’s glad Britney took her advice.
“I’m so proud of her for using her voice,” Jamie Lynn said. “I’m so proud of her for requesting new counsel like I told her many years ago. Oh, not in a public platform but just in a personal conversation between two sisters.
“Maybe I didn’t support the way the public would like me to — with a hashtag on a public platform — but I can assure you that I support my sister long before there was a hashtag and I’ll support her long after.”
June 29, 2021
Britney’s ex-husband Kevin Federline addresses conservatorship through his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan. Federline is the father of Britney’s children: Sean, 15, and Jayden, 14.
“The best thing would be for their mum to be healthy and happy,” Kaplan told People. “And if either of those things aren’t true, it doesn’t provide for the best setting for custody to be exercised.”
“[Kevin] certainly respects Britney and only hopes the best for her because when the best for her is achieved, it’s the best for their kids. The kids love their mother and he wants there to be a healthy and strong relationship.”
June 30, 2021
Britney’s father Jamie files court docs saying his daughter’s treatment under the conservatorship is not his fault.
A lawyer for Jamie filed new documents, obtained by Variety, with the Los Angeles Superior Court regarding the conservatorship of his daughter, stating that he is “concerned” about her treatment.
But he claims he is not responsible, and he is placing the blame on others, specifically his daughter’s temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, and her lawyer, Samuel Ingham III.
Jamie was “greatly saddened to hear of his daughter’s difficulties and suffering, and he believes that there must be an investigation into those claims,” the new documents stated.
July 1, 2021
Britney’s request to have her father removed as co-conservator is denied.
Despite the singer’s heartbreaking testimony about what she claims is an “oppressive and controlling” conservatorship, a California judge rejected her petition to have Jamie removed altogether, TMZ reported.
Britney’s lawyer Samuel D Ingham III filed documents for Bessemer Trust to be made co-conservator, which was approved by the judge. However, Ingham’s request to have Jamie removed altogether was denied.
July 2, 2021
Bessemer Trust, which was expected to take over as co-conservator of Britney’s estate and work with her father, requests to resign from the arrangement.
The company said it was requesting to withdraw “due to changed circumstances.”
In the filing, the firm stated it was under the impression the singer’s conservatorship was voluntary and under her consent, but her 24-minute statement against the conservatorship in court suggested she was opposed to it.
July 3, 2021
Britney’s sister Jamie Lynn asks online trolls to stop sending her death threats.
“Hi, I respect that everyone has the right to express themselves, but can we please stop with the death threats, especially the death threats to children,” the 30-year-old Zoey 101 alum wrote via her Instagram Story.
July 4, 2021
Britney’s mother Lynne Spears tells The New Yorker reporters Ronan Farrow and Jia Tolentino she has concerns about her daughter’s current situation.
“I got mixed feelings about everything. I don’t know what to think… It’s a lot of pain, a lot of worry,” she said.
“I’m good. I’m good at deflecting,” she added “wryly,” the publication reports.
Lynne reportedly “spoke in a whisper” to reporters and “declined to answer detailed questions about the case.” She later tells reporters she may have to hand up if anyone found her talking to the media.
In the same expose, Britney’s ex-manager Sam Lufti revealed the singer would borrow people’s phones to contact him.
“I’ll go years without contact, and then I’ll get a call every once in a while from her in a closet,” Lufti told The New Yorker.
Lufti implied Britney’s phone was under surveillance from her legal team.
“Last time she called me, she was at Ralphs, in Calabasas,” Lutfi says. “After she hung up, I got a call from the same number — it’s an Asian doctor, who says, ‘Wow, this is surreal, Britney just borrowed my phone.’ Five years ago, she borrowed a phone at the gym and just made off with it.”
Lutfi is currently under a five-year restraining order against Spears that was instated in 2019.
July 6, 2021
Britney’s manager Larry Rudolph reveals he’s stepping down as her manager.
“I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details,” Rudolph wrote in a letter per Variety. He also noted that he hadn’t had contact with Britney in over two-and-a-half years.
“I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.”
July 7, 2021
Another resignation! Britney’s court-appointed attorney Samuel D. Ingham submits a petition to resign from his position.
In the filing, Ingham stated his resignation would be “effective” upon the designation of new court-appointed counsel.
Ingham represented Britney for the entirety of her 13-year conservatorship.
July 8, 2021
Jamie posted a screenshot of an article headline reading ‘Britney Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn shares photos of her home life…after it’s revealed she is the ONLY family member not on the singer’s payroll.’
Jamie Lynn confirmed the report by captioning it, “facts…now leave my broke-a– alone.”
It’s also emerges Britney’s court-appointed conservator Jodi Montgomery is receiving death threats. She also made it clear that she wouldn’t be receiving as Britney has asked her to stay involved.
“Since Ms. Spears has requested that Petitioner retain her position as conservator, Petitioner has no intention of abandoning her by resigning because of these threats,” Montgomery’s lawyers wrote.
July 11, 2021
Jamie Spears is the conservator of Britney’s estate and finances, while Jodi Montgomery is the conservator of Britney’s person.
The duo have been warring since Britney’s 24-minute bombshell testimony on June 23, with Jamie earlier this week blaming Montgomery for the abuse and suffering Britney testified to experiencing throughout her restrictive 13-year conservatorship.
Montgomery filed court documents on Friday, July 9 in response to Jamie’s Wednesday July 7 filing, saying he was concerned Montgomery “does not reflect Ms Spears’ wishes” as she handles Britney’s daily “personal care and medical treatment”.
Per People, Montgomery said in the documents: “It is ironic that Mr Spears now wants the conservatorship to ‘reflect her wishes,’ since it is no secret that Ms Spears has wished her father out of her life for years.”
Jamie was also accused by Montgomery of using over US$2 million (approx. $2.7 million) of Britney’s money for his own legal defence, which aims to allow him to maintain control over Britney’s estate, People reported. Jamie has reportedly not responded to the publication’s request for a comment.
July 12, 2021
Veteran Hollywood lawyer Mathew S. Rosengart is in discussions with Britney Spears about representing her in her conservatorship battle.
Spears had been represented by lawyer Samuel Ingham III for the entirety of the conservatorship, starting in 2008, when the court put the arrangement in place, with her father, Jamie Spears, as her sole conservator, after she endured a tough time in the public eye in 2007. At the time, Spears had no say in selecting Ingham as her lawyer, which is typical for a conservatorship.
During her June 23 testimony, Spears asked the judge to allow her to hire a lawyer of her choosing. At that hearing, Ingham told the judge that he would be willing to resign, if that was his client’s wish.
Ingham filed paperwork to resign on July 6, roughly two weeks after Spears’ testimony, while a lawyer for Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, filed paperwork, urging the court to “listen to the wishes of her daughter” and allow her to hire her own private lawyer.
July 14, 2021
Britney’s case was back in court with the popstar looking to appoint a lawyer of her own choosing.
Judge Brenda Penny granted Britney, who appeared at the hearing via phone, the right to hire her own attorney.
From this court hearing, Mathew Rosengart then acted as Britney’s attorney in her quest to remove her father from the conservatorship.
For the first time, Britney formally joined the #FreeBritney movement in a post of her own on social media.
Britney’s family and friends speak out
After Britney was granted the right to choose her own non-court-appointed lawyer, her circle started speaking out about the conservatorship.
First was her ex-manager Sam Lufti, who said he “failed her” and apologised for his role in her breakdown almost 15 years ago.
Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, and her sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, then took to social media to seemingly show their support for the star.
Britney’s agent and longtime friend Cade Hudson also spoke out, saying he was threatened to stay silent on the conservatorship. Her former husband Jason Alexander also spoke out, saying that their marriage was terminated by her team against his wishes.
Meanwhile, Britney’s former best friend ean Phillip claimed that Jamie enabled her drug addiction.
Late July 2021
Britney’s new lawyer filed a petition to replace Jamie as her conservator with CPA Jason Rubin, and her personal conservator Jodi Montgomery supported the petition.
Britney’s doctors in court documents also said that they believed removing Jamie from the conservatorship would be in her best interest.
Jamie Spears says that Jodi Montgomery told him Britney is “mentally sick,” which Montgomery denied.
Lynne Spears pleaded with #FreeBritney fans on social media to stop attacking Jamie Lynne Spears online.
Jamie Spears then does the unthinkable — he agrees to step down from Britney’s conservatorship, with his lawyer stating that Jamie’s “public battle with his daughter” being the reason for Jamie stepping down.
Britney’s lawyer Mathew Rosengart accuses Jamie Spears of trying to “extort” US$2 million (approx. $2.7 million) from the songstress in exchange for stepping down from her conservatorship, and one week later, Jamie Spears — who at this stage was still the conservator of Britney’s estate — filed a petition to the court to completely terminate the 13-year conservatorship.
Currently, Judge Brenda Penny needs to approve the petition for it to be actioned.
Britney is already celebrating, however, as this week, her boyfriend Sam Asghari popped the question — and she said yes!
The songstress then posted on social media saying she is “counting for my freedom,” before deleting her Instagram account, saying that she is “taking a little break from social media” in order to celebrate her engagement.
On September 29, Britney’s father Jamie is immediately suspended from her conservatorship.
Judge Brenda Penny ruled that Spears’ father will no longer serve as the conservator of his daughter’s estate, immediately removing him from the conservatorship altogether.
CPA John Zabel will temporarily replace Spears’ father in the role of conservator of her estate, meaning he will now control all of her financial decisions, for a short term, until next steps are determined, in regards to terminating the conservatorship, altogether. Spears’ conservator of her person, Jodi Montgomery, who manages her day-to-day wellbeing and medical decisions, still remains on the case.
After being ousted from the conservatorship, Jamie issued a statement via his attorney, Vivan Thoreen.
“Mr. Spears loves his daughter Britney unconditionally,” the statement read.
“For thirteen years, he has tried to do what is in her best interests, whether as a conservator or her father. This started with agreeing to serve as her conservator when she voluntarily entered into the conservatorship. This included helping her revive her career and re-establish a relationship with her children.
“For anyone who has tried to help a family member dealing with mental health issues, they can appreciate the tremendous amount of daily worry and work this required. For Mr. Spears, this also meant biting his tongue and not responding to all the false, speculative, and unsubstantiated attacks on him by certain members of the public, media, or more recently, Britney’s own attorney.
“These facts make the outcome of yesterday’s hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney.”
Britney accuses her mum Lynne of pushing the conservatorship idea on to her dad Jamie.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, the pop star accused Lynne of being the one who gave her dad “the idea” of a conservatorship 13 years ago.
Britney began her post by sharing a quote that read, “The most dangerous animal in the world is a silent smiling woman.” But it was in the accompanying caption where Britney spoke her mind, accusing Lynne of planting the conservatorship seed in her dad’s mind following her 2008 breakdown.
“[He] may have started the conservatorship 13 years ago … but what people don’t know is is that my mom is the one who gave him the idea !!!!” Britney claimed, before also calling out her former manager Lou Taylor.
“I will never get those years back …. she secretly ruined my life … and yes I will call her and Lou Taylor out on it … so take your whole ‘I have NO IDEA what’s going on’ attitude and go f–k yourself 🖕🏼🖕🏼🖕🏼 !!!! You know exactly what you did … my dad is not smart enough to ever think of a conservatorship … but tonight I will smile knowing I have a new life ahead of me !!!!””
On November 1, hours after Britney’s post, Jamie has filed a request to “immediately terminate” his daughter’s conservatorship as he has “no interest” in being at the helm anymore.
“Britney’s recent testimony and requests to take personal control of her estate and affairs have made clear that continuing the Conservatorship is contrary to her desires,” Jamie’s attorney Alex Weingarten wrote in court documents filed on November 1 and cited by People.
“Jamie sees no reason why the Conservatorship should continue for any amount of time and asserts he has no interest in the Conservatorship continuing.”