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Britney Spears Is "Afraid" Of Her Dad As She Has Been Obeying His Demands In Their "Toxic" Relationship For 12 Years

Britney Spears Is "Afraid" Of Her Dad As She Has Been Obeying His Demands In Their "Toxic" Relationship For 12 Years

The singer may also never perform again if her father still has control over her life and her career.

Her music once dominated music charts across the world and her voice would be heard on radios across the globe. But today, Britney Spears may never perform for the world again if her father is still controlling her life and her career.

The singer's father, Jamie Spears, has been her legal conservator since the time she had a public meltdown in 2007. Jamie Spears has been having the final say in the singer's finances, her career, and a number of aspects in her life for about a dozen years, which has affected her presence in the limelight. The conservatorship allowed her father to control who can visit her and how her assets are managed as well.



 

During the early years of the conservatorship, a recording of Britney Spears' conversation with her lawyer revealed her saying, "I basically want my life back. I want to be able to drive my car. I want to be able to live in my house by myself. I want to be able to say who's going to be my bodyguard," as quoted by The Rolling Stone.

Although the credit of the singer's comeback in music after her meltdown is credited to her father, it came at the cost of Britney Spears' freedom, as reported by The Guardian. She once even compared the conservatorship to being in "jail."

"There’s no excitement, there’s no passion," the singer said in a documentary called Britney: For the Record, according to Rolling Stone. "Even when you go to jail, you know there’s the time when you’re gonna get out. But in this situation, it’s never-ending. It’s just like Groundhog Day every day... If I wasn’t under the restraints I’m under, I’d feel so liberated."

Britney Spears on stage during 'Spankin' New Music Week' on MTV's Total Request Live outside at the MTV Times Square Studios in New York City on November 10, 2003. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by Scott Gries)

Years later, on November 3, 2020, Britney Spears' attorney, Sam Ingham filed a request to remove her father as her conservator and take away the control he has been exercising over her life since 2008, according to Us Weekly. However, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny declined the request but said future petitions would be considered, as reported by Fox News.

Britney Spears had also requested for Bessemer Trust  Company to be the sole conservator of her estate, and following the hearing, the judge approved Bessemer Trust as a co-conservator.



 

In the hearing, the singer's lawyer, Ingham, revealed how the singer was scared of her father. Ingham added that if her father was still her conservator, then she would not resume her music career, which she hit the brakes on in 2019.

"My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father," her lawyer said. "She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career."



 

Ingham also revealed, during the hearing, that the father and daughter no longer have a "viable working relationship" and also haven't spoken in a "long while" to each other. But on the other hand, Vivian Thoreen, who is representing Jamie Spears, said that they hadn't spoken in a long time because Ingham advised Britney Spears not to do so, as reported by BBC.

Thoreen also said during the hearing that the singer was previously in debt but is now worth $60 million after her father was given the power of control over her life. The lawyer also mentioned that removing her father as a conservator might harm her.



 

Also, allowed to be a part of the hearing was Lynne Spears, the singer's mother as well as the ex-wife of Jamie Spears. The mother admitted that her daughter had a "toxic" relationship with her father, in a statement that was released through her lawyer. Lynne Spears finds it difficult to watch her daughter in this position and believes her daughter should not have to be forced into obeying her father's demands.

"It has broken Lynne's heart that things have come to this point," Gladstone N Jones said, on behalf of the singer's mother and added that Lynne Spears thinks it's time to remove Jamie Spears and "start fresh."

References:
https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/britney-spears-files-to-have-dad-jamie-removed-as-conservator/
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/britney-spears-returns-254594/
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/dec/07/britney-spears-music-celebrity
https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/britney-spears-afraid-father-wont-perform-controls-career
https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54897918