While fans have been vocal in the longstanding movement to #FreeBritney, Britney Spears herself has largely remained quiet about her status as a conservatee, with control over her life placed in the hands of her father, Jamie Spears. But, on Tuesday, in a remote meeting among lawyers, the 39-year-old pop singer’s attorney made a request for Spears to speak to the court for herself.
“My client has requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly,” said her attorney, Samuel Ingham. “My client has asked that it be done on an expedited basis.”
Though the focus of her hearing is unknown, it will address the “status of the conservatorship.” Judge Brenda Penny has agreed to a date of June 23 for the hearing. The public should be able to tune in, confidential medical topics aside, through the RAAP (Remote Audio Appearance Program).
Though Spears has been under the conservatorship status–typically reserved for individually found unfit to take care of themselves or to manage their own money, often the elderly and the extremely ill–for 13 years, public interest in her situation has surged since 2019. Fans have taken it upon themselves to call for her to be freed from the status, and some even believe that Britney has been seeking help through secret codes on social media.
Recently, the documentary Framing Britney Spears brought even more attention to the ongoing legal battle that has pitted multiple members of the Spears family against one another. On Instagram, Spears told fans that she did not watch the entire documentary, which shines a critical light on the tabloid culture that overtook Spears’s early career, but the portions she did view caused her to cry “for two weeks.”
Just days after the film’s release in February, there was yet another hearing in her conservatorship case, during which a judge overruled objections by her father to a co-conservatorship arrangement that, he alleged, improperly reduced his role. That arrangement was put into place after Spears reportedly “strongly objected” to her father continuing to have sole control.
In addition to some of her lawyers, Britney’s family and friends—from boyfriend Sam Asghari to Paris Hilton—have expressed concern for her status. Her brother, Bryan Spears, however, shared in an interview last year that though Britney “always wanted to get out” of the conservatorship, she has not, in fact, been held in the agreement against her will.