- 08 Sep 21
After 13 years, Jamie Spears is finally making his exit.
After 13 years acting as his daughter's conservator, Jamie Spears has filed a petition to end Britney Spears' conservatorship altogether.
The news follows a move Mr. Spears made to step down as conservator last month. Jamie has been in charge of the conservatorship since 2008, and has been under much fire from the #FreeBritney movement. Though he has typically been adamant that the conservatorship is necessary and their were "no grounds whatsoever" to have him removed, a massively important testimony from the singer herself positioned the conservatorship as "abusive."
NBC News has today (September 8) reported that Jamie is, in a stunning turn of events, now advocating for Britney's freedom himself, and to have the conservatorship ended altogether. In a statement, he said Britney “is entitled to have this Court now seriously consider whether this conservatorship is no longer required”.
Jamie has allegedly switched his stance due to changes in Britney's circumstances. The filing says that “grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist.”
"The conservatorship has helped Ms. Spears get through a major life crisis, rehabilitate and advance her career, and put her finances and her affairs in order," the filing continues. "But recently, things have changed. Ms. Spears is now outspoken in her frustration with the level of control imposed by a conservatorship, and has pleaded with this Court to ‘let her have her life back.’”
Jamie also argued that Britney shouldn't be required to undergo any psychological evaluation before the end of the conservatorship. This aligns with wishes Britney expressed in her hearing. In court, Britney said that one of her primary reasons for testifying was because “I want to end the conservatorship without being evaluated”.
As per Associated Press, the petition maintains that Jamie was acting in Britney’s best interests throughout the duration of her conservatorship. “As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms. Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes that she should get that chance.”
Britney's lawyer, Matthew Rosengart, said in a statement that the news was a massive legal victory and "vindication" for the singer. However, he also said: "It appears that Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing (which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel) we will also continue to explore all options.”
Earlier this month, Rosengart claimed Jamie was trying to trade his exit from the conservatorship in exchange for $2 million.