Britney Spears Conservatorship Terminated After 13 Years

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Thirteen years on, a Los Angeles judge has finally terminated Britney Spears’ conservatorship. Since 2008, Spears’ father, Jamie, has controlled most aspects of her public life. Jamie Spears secured the conservatorship to preserve Britney’s pop culture brand, but the singer maintained that she could make her own decisions. Spears alleged that her father initiated the conservatorship to exert strict controls over her finances.

The pop star took to social media to share with her fans that her release from the arrangement was the “best day ever.” 

“I think I’m gonna cry,” she wrote on Instagram, thanking her fans for their role in publicizing the draconian terms of the conservatorship.

Jamie Spears

Britney’s father maintains that the singer needed the conservatorship when it began. “Her life was in shambles and she was in physical, emotional, mental and financial distress,” lawyers for Jamie Spears reported in court filings. The conservatorship was extremely bizarre in how much control it allowed Spears to exert over his daughter’s life.

Not only did the arrangement allow Spears to control Britney’s finances and professional decisions, but it also even limited how often she could visit her son. Fans took particular umbrage to the provision in the arrangement that prevented Britney from remarrying without her father’s permission.

Ending the Conservatorship

Jamie Spears publicly stated that he agreed to end the arrangement now, in light of the progress he claims Britney has gone through since 2008. Last week, he told reporters that it was time for Britney “to re-take control of her life.”

Jamie Spears’ change of heart surprised Britney’s fans. Some have speculated that Jamie changed course in the face of mounting public pressure driven by a viral social media campaign, “#FreeBritney.” The conservatorship officially ended on Friday when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny finalized the proceedings.

The Future

Spears’ lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, addressed the singer’s fans outside the Los Angeles courthouse on Friday. Rosengart noted with pride that Spears’ legal battle has impacted laws in both New York and California, with legislators taking steps “to try to ensure that conservatorships like this… do not happen again.”

It’s not immediately clear what the singer plans to do now that she’s free from her father’s conservatorship. Britney Spears’ friends on social media congratulated her following the ruling. Spears’ longtime friend and fellow celebrity Paris Hilton tweeted in response to the news, insisting, “Your best days are yet to come!”