Britney Spears has spent the past thirteen years living under a conservatorship controlled by her father. And it looks as if this situation may continue for some time. A judge has denied the request to have Jamie Spears removed as his daughter’s co-conservator of her $16 million estate and leave it in control of Bessemer Trust. There’s another hearing on July 14 when Britney and her lawyer can submit a petition to end the conservatorship altogether. This case is unique in that these situations are generally granted to older people or folks unable to make their own decisions. Britney is only thirty-nine and capable of making millions every year.
“I shouldn’t be in a conservatorship,”
Britney told the court, “if I can work and
provide money and work for myself and
pay other people, it makes no sense.
The laws need to change.”
This legal arrangement was put into place at a time when Spears appeared to be emotionally unstable and unable to take care of herself. Last Wednesday during a court hearing on her case the former Princess of Pop asserted that she wants someone to listen to her complaints. She has been forced to work as a performer seven days a week and lost custody of her two children. She is not allowed to marry and she is implanted with an IUD against her will. And she claims that she is currently over medicated and supervised twenty-four hours a day. It is not clear as to what Britney’s next move will be, but there are plenty of opinions about her options.
The Players in this Drama
The representative of her father has stated “Throughout his service as Conservator, Mr. Spear’s sole motivation has been his unconditional love for his daughter and a fierce desire to protect her from those trying to take advantage of her,” and “He wants his daughter to be happy, healthy, protected and thriving. His love for Britney is a material factor in how he has been able to turn her estate around from being in the red to what it is now.”
Zoe Brennan–Krohn is a is a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Disability Rights Project. She explains the down side of conservatorship “Even when there is no abuse, conservatorships limit a person’s ability to advocate for themselves, learn from their decisions and mistakes, and grow and develop. There is a risk in being told that your opinions, your likes and dislikes, don’t matter — it makes it harder to stand up to abuse or neglect.”
Bryan Spears states that he is regular contact with Britney, his younger sister, but he says he is unfamiliar with the #Free Britney movement. He is aware that his younger sister might find it frustrating to be constantly told what to do, but that after “several public mental breakdowns” he feels that the conservatorship has been a “great thing for our family.”
Britney’s mother, Lynn Spears, has not been married to her Britney’s father for a while. She generally remains quiet to the press and visits Britney whenever she can. “I got mixed feelings about everything.” She is proud of her daughter but claims that she wished that she had been able to be with Britney on the road, but she had two other kids to raise.
Britney’s sister, Jamie Lynn Spears is reportedly the only family member not on the payroll. In one of her latest posts she wrote “I’m so proud of her for requesting new counsel like I told her many years ago. … if ending the conservatorship and flying to Mars or whatever the hell else she wants to do to be happy, I support that one hundred per cent because I support my sister, I love my sister. Always have, always will.”
Following are support Britney’s efforts to make her own decisions: Rose McGowan, Missy Eliott, Cher Lloyd, Rina Sawayama, Alessia Cara, Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Mariah Carey, Keke Palmer, Brandy, Khloé Kardashian, Jameela Jamil, Amber Tamblyn and Miley Cyrus.
#04 SUN CAN
July 6, 1952
#38 WED TAU
May 4, 1955
#45 WED SAG
#25 TUE ARI
James P. Spears was born on a Sunday in the zodiac sign of Cancer. His INNER Self is ruled by the Sun, and his OUTER Self by the Moon. People with the #04 Dayology signature are strong and can be domineering. They may not understand their own emotional nature. Mr. Spears has a problem with alcohol. He and Britney do not relate much beyond their family roles.
Lynn Spears was born on a Wednesday in the zodiac sign of Taurus, Her INNER ruler is Mercury and Venus governs her OUTER Self. Those with the #38 Dayology signature are practical and smart. Lynn operated a day care center and wrote a book about child-rearing. Britney and her mother were both born on Wednesday and are always ready to consider new possibilities.
Britney Spears was born on a Wednesday in the zodiac sign of Sagittarius. Her INNER Self is ruled by Mercury and her OUTER Self by Jupiter. People with the #45 Dayology signature are especially expressive through speech or any of the arts. They may be a bit too casual or careless regarding details. The exercise of their independence is critically important.
Bryan Spears was born on a Tuesday in the zodiac sign of Aries. Mars rules both his INNER and OUTER selves, so he doesn’t question his feelings or actions to any great degree. People born with the #25 Dayology Signature tend to be quite spontaneous and quickly lose interest. As Britney’s older brother, Bryon is caring toward Britney but supports his father’s decisions.
Jamie Lynn Spears was born on a Thursday in the zodiac sign of Aries. Jupiter rules her INNER self and Mars governs her OUTER Self. Those with the #49 feel very strongly about principles, but their most important lessons come through their life experiences. As Britney’s younger sister, Jamie Lynn understands what is going on, but doesn’t want to upstage her sister.
Britney’s birth family influenced her until she she recently matured. She was exploited by her father and brother, but her mother and sister supported her. Being an adult means clarifying one’s personal goals and working toward achieving them. Some parents have difficulty setting aside childhood family roles, which makes it difficult for their offspring to grow up.