For over a decade, a movement has been growing in response to what many believed was simply a conspiracy regarding one of the world’s most famous pop stars. To imagine that Britney Spears, one of the most well-known names on the planet, could be trapped in plain sight for so long seemed impossible, though others continued to petition for her autonomy over her hard-earned finances and her life at large with the hashtag #FreeBritney. But that alleged “conspiracy” turned out to have chilling truth to it, as her father Jamie and the others responsible for the conservatorship had crossed serious lines in the pop star’s life and controlled her finances and personal affairs while still putting her to work.
On November 12, however, a judge terminated the singer’s conservatorship after 13 years! The 39-year-old shared a video on Instagram of her fans celebrating outside the LA courthouse and wrote, “Good God I love my fans so much it’s crazy !!! I think I’m gonna cry the rest of the day !!!! Best day ever.” She added, “praise the Lord … can I get an Amen ???? #FreedBritney.”
But as the final nail in Jamie’s coffin, he has reportedly filed documents in court to have his daughter’s estate continue to pay for his legal fees in the “winding up” up of the conservatorship, despite having been suspended from her conservatorship in September after Britney’s allegations of conservatorship abuse, Variety reports.
“Mr. Spears reaped many millions of dollars from Britney as a conservator, while paying his lawyers millions more, all from Britney’s work and hard-earned money,” Britney’s attorney Matthew Rosengart told Page Six. “The conservatorship has been terminated and Mr. Spears was suspended ignominiously.”
“Under the circumstances, his petition is not only legally meritless, it is an abomination. Britney poignantly testified about the pain her father caused her and this only adds to it,” Rosengart added. “This is not what a father who loves his daughter does.”
Click through to read everything you need to know about the conservatorship, from how it began to where it ends. Buckle in: it’s a bumpy ride.