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Britney Spears wants court to remove father’s guardianship

For the past 12 years the pop-princess Britney Spears, 38, has no legal control over her life or $59 million fortune.

Her father Jamie Spears was appointed her legal guardian in 2008 had been handling the decision-making in both her personal and professional life up until her manager Jodi Montgomery picked up the position in 2019.

Jamie Spears has been Britney’s conservator since 2008

The conservatorship over Britney was enacted after a few mental breakdowns that took place in the public eye.

Britney had hard times divorcing from Kevin Federline in 2007, when she lost custody over her sons. At the time tabloids made headlines for shaving her head and hitting a paparazzi’s car with an umbrella. She was twice committed to a psychiatric care after refusing to surrender her sons in a stand-off with the police.

it’s been over a decade since the singer’s father Jamie took over total control of her finances and other aspects of her life alongside, up until 2019, his lawyer.

Now Britney Spears is asking a California court to remove her father from a position of her sole conservator.

Spears is opposed to her father continuing in the role by himself and prefers to have a “qualified corporate fiduciary” appointed. The pop star asked the court to appoint Jodi Montgomery, the temporary, licensed professional conservator overseeing her protracted case since September, be named permanent conservator of Spears’ personal affairs.

Conservationship is granted to those who are incapable of making decisions, such as people with mental disabilities and those with dementia. Law experts told it was an unusual court decision to impose a conservatorship over ”someone as young and productive as Spears.”The legal guardianship allows the elder Spears to negotiate on his daughter’s behalf in business, sell her property and control who she can see, while attorney Andrew Wallet was assigned to help manage her financial assets.

Since 2008 the conservatorship sparked a lot of worries amongst the pop-star’s fans. Many still believe she is being controlled and manipulated. The #FreeBritney campaign has once again become one of the hottest topics.

However, the ones close to the celebrity told t several media outlets over the years that the conservatorship is meant to help the pop icon and that she is very involved in business decisions.

Britney said her father “rescued her from a collapse, exploitation by predatory individuals and financial ruin” and made her “able to regain her position as a world class entertainer”.

The pop singer addressed the rumors last year in an Instagram post to her 25 million fans

The status hearing in the case has been scheduled for Wednesday. To coincide with it, a #FreeBritney rally outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown L.A. has been organized to demand an end to the conservatorship altogether.

Britney Spears fans and demonstrators rally to oppose her conservatorship outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 18, 2019.(Laura Newberry / Los Angeles Times)

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