More than a decade ago, Britney Spears entered into conservatorship with her father, Jamie Spears, after suffering a very public breakdown. After 13 years of relative silence, she shared with the public her thoughts on the conservatorship, this week.
Let’s take a look at the timeline of her conservatorship.
Trouble began for Spears in the late 2000s. Britney filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, with whom she shares sons Sean Preston and Jayden James. The two found themselves in custody disputes. On one particular incidence in January 2008, Britney allegedly locked herself in a bathroom with their kids. This led to the star taking several trips to rehab and was hospitalized under psychiatric hold twice before the conservatorship was put in place.
Spears’ father Jamie then petitioned the Los Angeles County Superior Court for an emergency “temporary conservatorship” over his daughter, which was granted. Attorney Andrew Wallet was assigned to be co-conservator of the estate to help Britney’s dad manage all of her financial affairs.
Judge Goetz ruled that the conservatorship would be made permanent, citing that “The conservatorship is necessary and appropriate for the complexity of financial and business entities and [Britney] being susceptible to undue influence.”
Later that year, in November 2008, Britney gave her fans a small — and rare — glimpse into her new normal with the MTV documentary “Britney: For the Record.” Appearing glum in the docu, she expressed that she felt her routine was monotonous and “too in control,” much to her dismay.
“If I wasn’t under the restraints I’m under right now, with all the lawyers and doctors and people analyzing me every day — if that wasn’t there, I’d feel so liberated,” she said in the doc. “When I tell them the way I feel, it’s like they hear but they’re really not listening … It’s like, it’s bad. I’m sad.”
The #FreeBritney movement saw its origins form in 2009, which now calls for Spears to be released from her conservatorship.
Between the years 2011 to 2016, Britney Spears stayed active within the music scene and didn’t speak much on the conservatorship.
However, in January 2019, Britney announced she was going on an “indefinite work hiatus” after her father suffered a life-threatening illness.
“I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family,” she said in a statement at the time. “We have a very special relationship, and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me.”
March 2019 saw Wallet resign as co-conservator of the estate, leaving just Jamie in charge. The following month Britney checked into a mental health facility amid reports that she had been struggling to deal with her father’s illness.
In August 2019, Jamie allegedly had a physical altercation with Britney’s son, Sean Preston. Criminal charges were not filed against Jamie, but ex-husband Federline got a restraining order to keep his sons away from his former Spear’s father.
One month after the alleged altercation with his grandson, Jamie Spears stepped away as conservator citing health reasons and Jodi Montgomery temporarily replaced him.
The #FreeBritney movement started gaining momentum as Spears’ brother, Bryan, spook out about the conservatorship on the As NOT Seen on TV Podcast. “She’s always wanted to get out of it, she said.”
The docu highlighted Britney’s rise to fame, mental health issues, conservatorship and the #FreeBritney movement.
That March, Britney formally requested in a court petition that Montgomery permanently replace Jamie as conservator over her personal affairs.
For the first time ever at a public hearing in June 2021, which Britney attended virtually, she broke her silence on the conservatorship. In a 24-minute statement before a judge, Britney revealed scary details.
Britney Spears has called on the judge to end the conservatorship without the need for further medical assessment. She mentioned that it “made no sense” for her to be forced into a conservatorship while she has a booming career and makes millions of dollars performing.