For 12 years, Jamie Spears has wielded court-ordered control over his daughter Britney’s life and career—and on Tuesday, an L.A. Superior Court judge decided that’ll remain the case, at least for the time being.
The 38-year-old pop star’s petition to have her father Jamie removed from his legally mandated role as conservator of her estate, filed on election day, was denied without prejudice by Judge Brenda Penny during a hearing yesterday, leaving the door open for future appeals. Judge Penny also approved allowing financial services firm Bessemer Trust to serve as co-conservator, a small win for Britney’s camp.
At what Billboard described as a contentious hearing, Britney’s attorney Samuel D. Ingham III informed the court that Britney doesn’t just dislike the arrangement but rather fears her father. Ingham also made clear that Britney “will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.” Britney has been on “indefinite work hiatus” since early 2019, when she canceled her residency at the Park MGM resort in Las Vegas, which was set to begin the following month. At the time, Britney blamed a decline in her father’s health; in court on Tuesday, attorney Ingham said that Britney had not been in contact with her father for an extended amount of time.
The news that Britney’s petition had been denied riled fans and adherents of the #FreeBritney movement. As one Twitter user said, “Britney is well enough to make people around her rich but not well enough to decide who should be in her life?!! #FreeBritney”
In a bit of unfortunate timing, corporate hipster clothing store Urban Outfitters announced today that it’s releasing a previously unheard Britney Spears single called “Swimming in the Stars” on 12-inch vinyl.