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#FreeBritney: Britney Spears’ father stepping down from conservatorship


By Jennifer McShane
12th Aug 2021
#FreeBritney: Britney Spears’ father stepping down from conservatorship

On a momentous day for the pop star, her father has finally voluntarily stepped down from the conservatorship he has ruled over the past 13 years.

Britney called the conservatorship abusive, claimed her family and everyone involved in it should be “in jail” for the distress they have caused her.

It seemed an ugly battle was going to be publicly played out as Britney hired new legal representation, preparing to take her father to court once again. Jamie Spears refused to step down initially, however, in a move that at last seems to be done for his daughter’s wellbeing, he has agreed to do so.

According to multiple reports, Spears’ father filed his response to his daughter’s petition for his suspension with the Los Angeles Superior Court, announcing his decision to step down, though his attorney states that there are “no actual grounds for suspending or removing” him.

His attorney cites the “public battle with his daughter” as his reasoning for stepping down.

“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate under Probate Code section 2650. And it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the court document states.

“So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”

Free Britney (but also provide her with tangible support)

The singer’s mental health is a frequent topic of discussion and while it’s still quite clear Britney does need support – her social media posts still feel frantic and unsettled, no doubt in part due to all the recent scrutiny  – the key here is that she can now have an active role in who she chooses to provide her with that support. She’s a woman of nearly 40 years old; she simply wanted the right to choose in her own life again.

And remember, flawed though it was, the conservatorship was put in place all those years ago, because Britney very much was struggling. But after over a decade and some alleged very questionable behavior on those who were involved in it, it’s clear that it didn’t serve her  in the way she felt it should in order to live a sustained, enjoyable life – it caged her in, made her feel, as she said, helpless and alone.

It stripped her of the most basic of rights. She was badly let down, when she needed support. A broken system failed her stripped her of some of the best years of her life.

At last, she has her freedom and can start to truly live her life the way she wants to.

Britney is back.