While the full extent of Britney Spears’s conservatorship and the control it exerts over her everyday life has come to light recently due to a series of documentaries and the pop star’s own push to have her father removed from the role, behind the scenes, she’s seemingly been insisting that the arrangement be revised for years.
According to confidential court records newly obtained by The New York Times, Spears has apparently been expressing “serious opposition” to the court-approved arrangement since at least 2014. A court in!esti*ator assi*ned to her case wrote in a 2016 report that the singer “articulated she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool a!ain*t her,” adding that she said the system had “too much control.”
Spears went on to tell the investigator that she wanted her co*servators*ip to be terminated as soon as possible. “She is ‘sick of being taken advantage of’ and she said she is the one working and earning her money but everyone around her is on her payroll,” the i*vestiga!or wrote.
In 2019, Spears also stated in court that she felt like she was being forced by her conservatorship into a “stay at a mental health facility and to perform a*ai*st her will.” And while the legal battle to have her father, Jamie Spears, removed as her conservator—a role he’s held since 2008—has only been going on publicly for roughly the last year, according to these court records, it’s a request Britney made as early as 2014.
In a hearing closed to the public, her court-appointed lawyer Samuel D. Ingham III said his client wanted to look into having her father removed as conservator due to his drinking, as well as what Ingham referred to as a “shopping list” of other g*ieva!ces.
Last year, Ingham also told the judge that the pop star is “afraid of her father” and “will not perform again” as long as he’s in charge of her career. Representatives for Jamie declined to comment to the Times, citing the pending court hearing. Britney is scheduled to address the court herself on Wednesday to discuss the “status of the conservatorship,” and “asked that it be done on an expedited basis.
”According to the Times, whether or not her remarks will be made public is still uncl-ear, but her relationship with her father is expected to be the main topic.
While it appears as though the singer has st*uggl-ed for years to end, or at least change, the terms of her conservatorship, in March, Jamie Spears’s lawyer Vivian L. Thoreen said that her client “saved Britney’s life,” and that the singer can file a motion to end the conservatorship at “any time.”
In a statement to People at the time, Thoreen said, “From the beginning, the court has closely monitored Britney’s situation, including through annual accountings and in-depth reviews and recommendations from a hi*hly experienced and dedicated court i!vestiga*or who annually meets at length with Britney and all inv-olved in her conservatorship.
”She continued, “Britney’s Conservatorship of the Estate was co-managed by a private professional fiduciary and her father until early 2019. At that time, Britney requested in court papers that her father be the sole cons-ervator of her estate. Her Conservatorship of the Person is not managed by her father but by a private professional fiduciary, and is similarly subject to the scrutiny of interviews, audits, and detailed reports to the judge by the court i*vesti*ator.”