In some very big news for those following the #FreeBritney movement: Britney Spears’ conservatorship has been extended until at least February 2021, a judge reportedly ruled last Wednesday.
Earlier in the week, Britney had requested that her temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, take on the role permanently – rather than have duties given back to her dad, Jamie, who stepped down in September 2019, citing “personal health reasons”. Documents filed by Britney’s lawyer Samuel Ingham stated the 38-year-old singer was “strongly opposed” to having Jamie return as sole conservator.
For context, Britney experienced mental health problems in 2007, which resulted in her dad and attorney Andrew Wallet being granted full responsibility of her affairs and finances. Normally these orders are temporarily enforced, but the conservatorship remains in place today – 12 years on. Wallet retired from his role last year, and, six months later, Jamie temporarily stepped down too, leaving experienced conservator Jodi Montgomery with the gig.
Soon after Britney filed for Jamie to be permanently removed as her conservator last Monday, he also filed documents requesting he and Wallet both be reinstated as conservators. Publicly, he called the #FreeBritney movement “a joke”. “All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything. The world don’t have a clue. It’s up to the court of California to decide what’s best for my daughter. It’s no one else’s business,” he told Page Six.
Spears posted on Instagram last Thursday (a day after the conservatorship extension was reportedly extended) to thank fans for their support in the caption of a video post. "For me I want to thank all my dear ... sweet ... real fans for being so damn wonderful !!!," she wrote. "I can feel your hearts and I know you can feel mine 💞🌹💖," she wrote. "... thank you for your support ⭐️⭐️⭐️ !!!" (Full post above.)
Back in July, Britney’s brother Bryan said his sibling had “always wanted to get out of” the conservatorship. "It's very frustrating to have. Whether someone's coming in peace to help or coming in with an attitude, having someone constantly tell you to do something has got to be frustrating," he said on As Not Seen on TV podcast via E! News.
Though, he admitted that when the conservatorship first came about, it had been “a great thing for our family”. "We kind of came together and not everybody agreed with it either; everyone had their own opinion like, maybe we should do it this way or that way," he said. "But at the end I think we made the right choice." Jamie Lynn Spears has also spoken out about Britney and her prior mental health struggles, calling her sister a 'strong, badass, unstoppable woman'.
Wednesday’s reported ruling means Britney’s conservatorship will stay as-is – with Jodi Montgomery as conservator – until February 2021, when a judge will again take another look at the situation.
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