There is big-news about Britney Spears that is out there in the media. Britney Spears was placed under a conservatorship in 2008. The conservatorship was a legal action that stopped Britney Spears from having the ownership and rights to the money that she accumulated during her time in the spot-light as America’s Pop Princess. Britney Spears’ father, James P. Spears, is the man who is in charge of Britney Spear’s bank account since the conservatorship was placed on the Pop Princess.
A conservatorship is defined as, “a court case where a judge appoints a responsible person or organization (called the ‘conservator’) to care for another adult (called the ‘conservatee’) who cannot care for himself or herself or manage his or her own finances,” says the Judicial Branch of California.
On the whole conservatorships are implemented by the court when older people have illnesses like dementia. It can also be implemented by the court when people with disabilities can not care for themselves.
It is a total of thirteen years since Britney Spears was placed under this conservatorship headed by her father, James P. Spears. The conservatorship was a temporary decision by the court. However, the conservatorship that has hindered Britney Spears from owning her own income has lasted longer than a decade. That is very rare for a typical conservatorship.
On June 23, 2021 Britney Spears addressed the court to talk about the conservatorship. She stated that she believed it is time for her father to step-down from his position in the conservatorship.
“I’m not happy. I can’t sleep,” stated Britney Spears to the judge at The Los Angeles Superior Court. “I’m so angry it’s insane. And I’m depressed. I cry every day. I’m not lying. I just want my life back. And it’s been thirteen years. And it’s enough. It’s been a long time since I’ve owned my money. And it’s my wish and my dream for all of this to end without being tested.”
Britney Spears strongly stated that her conservatorship is abuse. Britney Spears stated that there are a number of stipulations that her father placed on her that undermine her position as a adult. Britney Spears stated that: 1.) She is banned from seeing her friends that her father does not approve of 2.) She is not permitted to drive a car 3.) She was not permitted to remove her IUD at her doctor’s office despite her desire to get married and to have more children 4.) She was placed in a rehab center that cost upwards of $60,000 by her father despite the fact that she did not feel it was necessary 5.) She was forced to change in front of her “caretakers” and was seen in the nude.
These are serious statements on the part of America’s beloved Pop Icon.
The New York times recently aired a new documentary about Britney Spears and the conservatorship that has limited her freedom and the use of her own money which she earned all-throughout her years on the stage. The documentary is named, Framing Britney Spears. It is the fifth episode in “The New York Times Presents” television documentary series that is available on the Hulu television streaming service.
Britney Spears’ fans have rallied with her in light of the new information in the court case and due to the popularity of the new documentary. They have formed a #FreeBritney movement where Britney Spears’ fans can communicate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas on Britney Spears’ unfair treatment.
A number of celebrities in The Industry also support Britney Spears in her bid to gain control of her own finances. Pop-stars such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and others have spoke-up about their feelings. They feel that it is time for James P. Spears’ conservatorship to end.
There is a new chapter to this high-profile court proceedings. A man named Larry Rudolph was Britney Spears’ representative and manager for over twenty-five years. Larry Rudolph stated that he will step-down from his title as Britney Spears’ manager because Britney has the intention to officially retire.
Larry Rudolph wrote a letter stating his desire to leave Britney Spears’ employment:
It has been over two-and-a-half-years since Britney and I last communicated, at which time she informed me she wanted to take an indefinite work hiatus. Earlier today, I became aware that Britney had been voicing her intention to officially retire.
As you know, I have never been a part of the conservatorship nor its operations, so I am not privy to many of these details. I was originally hired at Britney’s request to help manage and assist her with her career. And as her manager, I believe it is in Britney’s best interest for me to resign from her team as my professional services are no longer needed.
Please accept this letter as my formal resignation.
I will always be incredibly proud of what we accomplished over our twenty-five-years together. I wish Britney all the health and happiness in the world, and I’ll be there for her if she ever needs me again, just as I always have been.
If you would like to learn more about the court case that has curtailed Britney Spears’ freedom and autonomy as an adult, then, you can watch the documentary that is known as Framing Britney Spears. It is available to watch on the Hulu television streaming service.