Jamie Spears Was Britney's Conservator for over a Decade — Who Is the Singer's Dad?
Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, became her conservator in 2008 following her highly-publicized meltdown. He also served as her agent and manager.
Jamie, born in July 1952, married Lynne Spears in 1975. Apart from the pop icon, the couple shares two more children. In 2002, Jamie and Lynne parted ways, but they reportedly got back together in 2010.
[Jamie Spears'] health problem took a toll on the singer.
Britney Spears on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images
JAMIE SPEARS, BRITNEY'S CONSERVATOR
Britney Spears' dad was hardly ever on the news before 2008 when she had a very public meltdown and was taken to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
During her time in the hospital, the relationship between Jamie and Lynne and Britney's then-manager, Sam Lutfi, broke. The Spears family believed that Sam was trying to control the singer's life.
As a result, Jamie went to court to request total control over his daughter's personal, professional, and medical affairs.
Among the several things that Jamie could do, the most significant was that he could file for restraining orders against people he believed were threatening Britney's stability. Sam Lutfi happens to be one of those people slammed with a restraining order.
From that point on, Britney Spears' conservatorship (also known as legal guardianship) has been a topic of discussion. The singer, however, once admitted that she probably wouldn't be where she is if it wasn't for her dad, adding that she owed him her life.
Fans don't buy it, though. Under the #FreeBritney movement, several people have theorized that the pop icon has been manipulated and silenced for years.
One of the main reasons fans believe these theories is that conservatorships are intended to protect people who can't take care of themselves, something that doesn't fit with Britney's profile.
In the past 12 years, she has released four successful albums, toured all over the world several times, and participated in TV shows like "The X Factor." If that wasn't enough, she performed over 200 times at her Las Vegas residency.
JAMIE SPEARS' HEALTH ISSUES
Speaking of her residency, Britney announced in January 2019 that it had been canceled after her father had a life-threatening colon rupture in November 2018. She shared:
"I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand."
His health problem took a toll on the singer as she checked herself into a mental health facility. Britney was reportedly having a hard time coping with Jamie's issues, so she allegedly stayed for 30 days.
After that, claims that she was being micromanaged took over the internet, giving the #FreeBritney movement more momentum.
The singer eventually posted a video on Instagram in which she told her fans that everything was okay, that she needed privacy, and that they should not believe everything they read or hear.
JAMIE STEPPED DOWN AS BRITNEY'S CONSERVATOR
Also, in September last year, People reported that Jamie Spears had temporarily stepped down as his daughter's primary conservator. Britney didn't get her "freedom" back, though.
Her longtime care-manager, Jodi Montgomery, provisionally took over the role and was granted the same powers that Jamie had.
Jamie stepped down after the singer's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, accused him of physically abusing his and Britney's son, Sean Preston. Due to insufficient proof, no charges were filed.
However, People claimed that the relationship between Britney and her dad was damaged and that they were not on speaking terms.
News about Britney Spears' conservatorship seems to be far from over as her mother, Lynne, supposedly filed a request to be included in the pop icon's finances. She did so after Britney asked for her help, reported Entertainment Tonight.
Apart from that, the singer allegedly trusts that her mother, unlike Jamie, will give her some financial freedom. Only time will tell the outcome of this situation.
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