A California judge on Friday dissolved Britney Spears’ custody, suspending the legal arrangement that placed strict limits on her personal and financial freedoms for 13 years.
Spears was put on probation in 2008 after a series of mental health episodes were intercepted by a tabloid paparazzi who chased the singer, then a young mother of two.
The legal arrangement consisted of two parts, covering her economy and her person, including medical decisions.
Until this year, Spears rarely acknowledged that she was locked in an arrangement usually reserved for people with severe health problems and the disabled elderly.
For most of the Conservative’s tenure, her father, James “Jamie” Spears, was assigned as her curator – meaning he had the last say on her schedule, how often she could see her children, what vacations she took and even supposedly what she could. must eat or drink. According to one report, Jamie Spears ’control over his daughter’s life extended even to the color of her kitchen cupboards.
In court documents filed last week, Jamie Spears said he supported ending the conservation but defended its creation, saying it was “necessary to protect Britney in every sense of the word” at a time when her “life was in ruin.”
The singer’s lawyers filed a 110-page document asking the court to depose her father in late October to find out the full extent of how he exercised control of his celebrity daughter. A recent New York Times documentary claimed that the private security firm Jamie Spears hired to monitor her daughter’s movements and communications has gone so far as to set up a sound recording in her bedroom – an accusation her father denies. His lawyers consistently denied any wrongdoing during the conservation.
This week’s pivotal decision by Los Angeles Supreme Court Judge Brenda Penny came less than five months after Britney Spears convicted the conservation in shocking expressions during a hearing she asked to address the judge directly.
While anxious fans criticized Spears ’keeping for several years, often using the hashtag #FreeBritney, the late June hearing was the first time Spears himself had spoken openly about the situation and confirmed his fears. She called the arrangement “abusive” and slammed her family and lawyers for their parts in it.
“I told the world I was happy and well,” Spears said at the time. “I’m traumatized. I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. ”
She especially despises her father, saying the preservation “allowed my father to ruin my life.”
Since then, life has changed dramatically for Spears, who turns 40 on December 2nd.
Penny allowed her to hire her own attorney for the first time, bringing entertainment lawyer Mathew Rosengart into the picture. Rosengart immediately promised to do everything in his power to dissolve the conservatism.
Jamie Spears initially pushed back on his daughter’s campaign for independence but later bowed to the growing pressure. His attorneys filed a petition to dissolve the conservatism in early September, though they claim Jamie only ever had his daughter’s best interests at heart. By October, Penny had suspended Jamie Spears as curator.
Britney Spears’ lawyers say her father used his position to raise millions for himself and the people who managed her career. Jamie Spears and the singer’s mother, Lynn Spears, continue to demand that the court require their daughter to cover her huge legal bills.
Britney Spears has started talking more about her life and her broken relationship with her family since it said its opinion this summer.
She revealed in mid-September that she was engaged to Sam Asghari, the four-year-old boyfriend she met while he was a backup dancer for a music video she was filming. Spears claimed in June that she wanted to marry Asghari and have more children but that her conservatives opposed the union and refused to take her to see a doctor to remove her contraceptive implant.
“Lord have mercy on the souls of my family if I ever do an interview !!!” Spears wrote on Instagram last month. She has periodically posted, and later occasionally removed, criticisms of the conservation and her family members on the platform, where she has about 36 million followers.