There's monumental news surrounding the Britney Spears conservatorship: the pop star's father, Jamie Spears, has finally been suspended from his role in the legal agreement after 13 long years.
The controversial story has been exacerbated by a viral Britney Spears documentary and subsequent media attention throughout the year. Undoubtedly, the #FreeBritney movement and global support for the singer must have played a part in the 69-year-old's decision to step down, something he announced in September 2021.
"I’m so pleased and proud to say Jamie Spears is no longer a conservator," the singer's new attorney, Mathew Rosengart, said on September 29. "Jamie Spears has been suspended and he will be formally removed shortly. Jamie Spears—and others—are going to face even more serious ramifications for his misconduct."
Britney Spears’ attorney Mat Rosengart announces that her father has been suspended today #FreeBritney pic.twitter.com/nr72qHvh64September 29, 2021
In response to the news, the pop star took to Instagram to reveal that she's "on cloud 9 right now," literally and figuratively. In the video, Spears is in a cockpit and shared that it's her "first time flying a plane and first time in a prop plane."
The post has garnered nearly one million likes, but some suspect that the singer also threw shade at her sister, Jamie Lynn—whom fans believe did not step in to help the singer regain her freedom—in the process.
"Pssss bringing the ship 🛳 home, JL," she wrote.
Eagle-eyed fans suspected this was in reference to her younger sister's post from earlier in the week highlighting how her daughter's softball team "took home the 🛳." However, Jamie Lynn did like her big sister's reveal, so it's not certain whether they are on good terms, or if this was a sly social media jab.
As this good news for the star unfolded, she also recently revealed that she and her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari, are engaged.
"I can’t f****** believe it 💍💍💍💍💍💍❣️!!!!!!" she wrote on Instagram alongside a video of her engagement ring and fiancé.
Meanwhile, on behalf of Jamie Spears, his lawyers revealed that he only had his daughter's best interests at heart.
"These facts make the outcome of yesterday's hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney," the statement read. "Respectfully, the court was wrong to suspend Mr. Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney's estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer. Despite the suspension, Mr. Spears will continue to look out for the best interests of his daughter and work in good faith towards a positive resolution of all matters."
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Britney Spears conservatorship—what happened
Earlier this summer, the US judge handling Britney Spears' conservatorship case denied the star's request to remove her father as the conservator of her nearly $60 million estate. The news came after the star's shocking June 2021 testimony in which she addressed the court herself for the first time.
This is when the music icon admitted that she just "wants [her] life back," according to The New York Times. She added: "I truly believe this conservatorship is abusive."
Following Spears' public breakdown in 2007, her father was appointed to control her estate. What was intended to be a temporary move lasted for 13 years, something the singer has objected to. Jamie Spears attempted to gain sole responsibility for his daughter's finances earlier in 2021 but was denied, and a third party will continue to intervene.
Variety first broke the news that Britney Spears would head to court this summer. Samuel Ingham, Britney's probate attorney, allegedly asked to set a date on an expedited basis.
What happened during the Britney court hearing?
Spears was scheduled to address the court around 1:30pm PT in Los Angeles on June 23, though she ended up speaking roughly an hour later. According to CNN, the singer requested that her statement not be closed to the public, however, cameras were not allowed inside during her testimony.
Outside of the courthouse, a #FreeBritney rally took place where fans gathered to show their support for the pop star. Following Spears' statement, the court took a recess and ended the audio feed publicizing the rest of the hearing.
Britney Spears statement in court:
According to CNN, Britney Spears appeared virtually during the court hearing, during which she said of her 13-year-long conservatorship: "I'm traumatized. I'm not happy, I can't sleep. I'm so angry, I'm insane," when speaking about her 13-year conservatorship.
Spears reportedly made several concerning allegations during her testimony against those in charge of her conservatorship, including that she was put on lithium against her will.
"Lithium is a very, very strong drug and completely different medication than what I've been on. You can go mentally impaired if you take too much, stay on it longer than five months," she said. (Lithium is commonly administered to treat bipolar disorder.) "I felt drunk. I couldn't even stick up for myself. I couldn't even have a conversation with my mom or dad about anything. I told them I was scared and they had six different nurses come to my home to monitor me while I was on this medication that I didn't want to be on, to begin with."
Spears also alleged that she is not able to start a family with her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, because of an IUD that she is reportedly not allowed to have removed under the conservatorship. She said: "I want to be able to get married and have a baby. I was told I can't get married. I have an IUD inside me but this so-called team won't let me go to the doctor to remove it because they don't want me to have any more children. This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good." She even alleged that she's not allowed to ride in Asghari's car alone with him throughout her statement.
The star also claimed that she felt forced to perform in 2018 at her Las Vegas residency. "If I didn’t do any of my meetings and work from eight to six at night, which is 10 hours a day, seven days a week, no days off, I wouldn’t be able to see my kids or my boyfriend. I never had a say in my schedule."
Spears has petitioned to end her court-ordered conservatorship without the clearing of a health evaluation. Her attorney has not been directed as of yet to file that request.
Spears finished her testimony with an emotional plea: "I deserve to have a life. I’ve worked my whole life. I deserve to have a two- to three-year break and just, you know, do what I want to do. But I do feel like there is a crunch here. And I feel open and I’m okay to talk to you today about it. But I wish I could stay with you on the phone forever, because when I get off the phone with you, all of a sudden all I hear all these nos—no, no, no."
Britney Spears documentary: the star responds
The "Framing Britney Spears" documentary examined the pop star's complicated relationship with her father and the strains that the conservatorship has put on her life. Months after its release on Hulu, Spears took to Instagram to address her thoughts.
"I didn't watch the documentary but from what I did see of it I was embarrassed by the light they put me in ... I cried for two weeks and well....I still cry sometimes !!!! I do what I can in my own spirituality with myself to try and keep my own joy ... love ... and happiness," she wrote.
Another film addressing the issue just hit screens on September 28. The Netflix Britney documentary, Britney v. Spears, is also a widely-discussed phenomenon.
Will Britney Spears ever perform again?
News began to circulate in 2020 that Spears would not take the stage until she had control over her finances and life choices. A week ahead of her court hearing, she took to Instagram to address fans about whether or not she'll get back to entertaining—which leaves more questions than answers.
"I'm having fun right now," she said in her video clip. "I'm in a transition in my life and I'm enjoying myself, so that's it."
As summer 2021 continued, Britney became more vocal on social media about her situation, stating that things were heading in the right direction. Fans and peers are remaining hopeful and supportive of Britney getting the justice and freedom she deserves.