Britney Spears is one huge step closer to being free. On Sept. 7, Jamie Spears (opens in new tab)—the star's father and her conservator for 13 years—filed a petition to end his daughter's conservatorship (opens in new tab) altogether, in what her lawyer called "a massive legal victory for Britney Spears, as well as vindication."
"Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist," reads the filing, as seen by People (opens in new tab).
"Ms. Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship," the filing continues. "She wants to be able to make decisions regarding her own medical care, deciding when, where and how often to get therapy. She wants to control the money she has made from her career and spend it (opens in new tab) without supervision or oversight. She wants to be able to get married (opens in new tab) and have a baby, if she so chooses. In short, she wants to live her life as she chooses without the constraints of a conservator or court proceeding."
Jamie Spears had previously agreed (opens in new tab) to step down as conservator "when the time is right" after initially refusing to step down at all. But for Britney Spears' lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, this wasn't enough: The singer's father should step down immediately (opens in new tab), he said.
This new court filing therefore represents a huge leap forward for Britney Spears' case. "As Mr. Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter," the filing continues. "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."
Jamie Spears wanted to step down only if certain financial demands were met, but Rosengart was fully opposed to this settlement. "Having exposed his misconduct and improper plan to hold his daughter hostage by trying to extract a multi-million dollar settlement, Mr. Spears has now effectively surrendered. There is no settlement," Rosengart told People.
He continued, "To the extent Mr. Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, he is incorrect and our investigation into financial mismanagement and other issues will continue."
Commenting on Britney Spears' latest Instagram post (opens in new tab), fans flocked to express their joy at this new development. "YOURE ABOUT TO BE FREE BABY GIRL!!!!!!" wrote one, while someone else said, "So excited for you babe, we’re gonna get you out of there."
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Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.
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