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What’s Going on with Britney Spears?


Aug. 19 2020, Updated 7:17 p.m. ET

A few months ago, rumors surrounding Britney Spears’ conservatorship started spreading like wildfire after fans expressed concern about her mental state in social media posts. Currently, the 38-year-old pop icon is under the conservatorship of her father, James “Jamie” Spears. New court documents filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court show that Britney is unfavorable of the original agreement.

Britney Spears’ court ordered conservatorship began in 2008 following her very public mental breakdown. The conservatorship extends to her estate, day-to-day decisions, and medical decisions. Due to health problems, James Spears switched his conservatorship over to Jodi Montgomery. Britney is now vying for Montgomery to be her permanent conservator.

“We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes,” said Spears’ attorney Samuel D. Ingham III.

Britney Spears’ estate was initially handled by Jamie Spears and his co-conservator Andrew M. Wallet. However, in March of 2019 Wallet resigned leaving Jamie with full control over the estate. The court documents reveal that Britney is opposed to her father having full control over her funds and wants a “qualified corporate fiduciary” to handle that role.

Ingham told The Los Angeles Times that he fully expects Jamie Spears to “aggressively contest” Britney’s demands. A hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, as is a fan-created “#FreeBritney” rally, which is demanding the conservatorship end all together.

Jamie Spears spoke openly about his discontent with fans’ concerns, calling them “conspiracy theorists.” The #FreeBritney hashtag started trending after one fan commented on Britney’s Instagram post to wear yellow if she needed help. Low and behold, Britney wore yellow in her next post, telling fans how it’s her favorite color.

“Fans and advocates argue that the conservatorship was established for financial reasons instead of the treatment of Britney’s mental health,” rally organizers told The Los Angeles Times. “Tomorrow’s hearing is so important because Judge Brenda Penny will evaluate the role of Britney’s temporary conservator Jodi Montgomery and hopefully, Britney can speak to the judge.”

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