Singer Britney Spears is allegedly seeking to have her father removed as the co-conservator of her estate. James "Jamie" Spears was afforded the position when his daughter had her famous mental breakdown.
In 2007, Britney Spears had a mental breakdown that shocked the world. At the beginning of that year, the pop singer checked into Eric Clapton's Crossroads Centre but she left the facility just 24 hours later.
Her mental health appeared to suffer after she filed for divorce from her husband Kevin Federline. She left the facility and flew to Los Angeles where she went to Esther's Hair Salon in Tarzana and asked the owner to shave her head.
Britney Spears arrives at the Sony Pictures' "Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019, in Hollywood, California | Photo: Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty Images
Britney asked to shave because her hair extensions were too tight. The owner of the hair salon found her request unusual and begged her not to go ahead with the plan but the singer took clippers and cut her own hair.
She then appeared from the hair salon with a clean-shaven head and ended up attacking a reporter’s car with an umbrella. The image went viral and is a well-known incident from the star's past.
A week after the hair salon incident, Britney, 38, went into rehabilitation again at the Promises center in Malibu. At the time, she only managed to remain at the facility for less than a day before leaving.
She was convinced to return to the facility and this time she stayed for a whole month. At the same time as all of this was happening, she was going through a divorce from Federline.
The musician had also lost custody of their sons Jayden and Sean and only had visitation rights to them. The star hit rock bottom in January 2008 when she suffered a mental meltdown.
Britney was taken out of her house in a gurney after she reportedly took prescription amphetamines. She had also locked herself in the bathroom for three hours with Jayden and refused to give him back to Federline.
The star was taken to Los Angeles' UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. She was held at the facility as she had been deemed a danger to herself or others.
After she was released, a few weeks later she suffered another incident where paramedics were called to her home once and she was placed on another psychiatric hold. A day later, her father, James Spears, 68, was appointed as the co-conservator of her estate.
Britney was deemed unfit to look after her own affairs and the conservatorship was later made permanent. This meant the star pretty much had to seek her father’s permission in almost every area of her life.
Now according to “TMZ,” the vocalist revealed that her business manager has suddenly quit. In the wake of his departure, her father hired a new manager without notifying or consulting her.
Her legal team has since filed documents asking that the Bessemer Trust Company become the sole conservator of her business affairs. Currently, James is the sole co-conservator of her daughter's estate.
Britney made the filing after she received a letter on October 28, 2020, informing her that Tristar Sports and Entertainment Group had resigned as her business managers without prior notice. Her father then hired Michael Kane of Miller Kaplan.
The singer was concerned about the appointment as she felt James’ goal "is to introduce a new gatekeeper who admittedly has a major working relationship with [James’] legal team." The move is part of Britney’s effort to regain control of her estate.
In September 2020, Britney asked a judge to deny her father’s motions to seal parts of the ongoing conservatorship case of her estate.
She hoped her filing will remove her father as the co-conservator and Bessemer would then have the sole role. Earlier this year, the pop musician had initially asked that her father should be made a joint conservator of her business affairs.
In September 2020, Britney asked a judge to deny her father’s motions to seal parts of the ongoing conservatorship case of her estate. She and her legal team want to make the case "transparent" with her fans.
In response, her father claimed the public didn’t need to know everything that is going on in the case. He said he wants certain parts of the case to remain sealed to protect his daughter, his grandchildren, and Britney's medical records.