Britney Spears no longer wants her dad Jamie to be in control of her conservatorship.
The singer’s court-appointed lawyer filed paperwork explaining that the 38-year-old is ‘strongly opposed’ to her father having control of her estate and finances, , according to TMZ on Tuesday, and instead wishes for her temporary conservator Jodi Montgomery to take on the role permanently.
‘We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes,’ the pop star’s attorney Samuel Ingham states.
Jamie was appointed as his daughter’s conservator in 2008 following her very public breakdown.
Last year, he stepped aside from the role due to ongoing health issues and after an allegedly physical altercation between him and Britney’s son Sean Preston, then 13, was made public.
The latest court filing by Britney clearly seeks to prevent him from taking back the reins.
As reported by TheBlast.com, the legal documents state: ‘Britney is strongly opposed to James continuing as sole conservator of her estate. Rather, without in any way waiving her right to seek termination of this conservatorship in the future, she strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role.’
What’s more, it seems the hitmaker is gearing up for a possible legal showdown with her dad.
Her attorney tells the court he believes that Jamie will ‘aggressively’ contest the changes requested by his client.
The last reports that Ingham says: ‘Britney herself has expressed to me a desire that we associate an attorney or law firm with substantial expertise in handling contested litigation in a highly complex case such as this one through trial.’
A principal motivation for the changes Britney is seeking appears to be her desire to no longer continue performing.
She has not performed live since October 2018 when she wrapped up the final legs of her Piece of Me Tour after concluding her Las Vegas residency on December 31, 2017.
Since then, she has been living mainly at her mansion in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles, with her boyfriend Sam Asghari.
Back in March, her son Jayden James, 13, whom she shares along with Sean Preston, 14, with her ex Kevin Federline, revealed during an Instagram Live session that he hadn’t seen her working on any new music.
‘I haven’t seen her do a lot of new music at all,’ he said. ‘I remember one time I asked her, ‘Mom, what happened to your music?’ and she was, like, ‘I don’t know, honey. I think I might just quit it.”
In the court documents, the singer’s attorney suggests that a change to the conservatorship reflects her desire ‘not to perform at this time.’
The lawyer concludes by telling the court that he believes Britney’s requests are ‘in her best interests.’
The case is due back in court on Wednesday.
The new hearing comes as the Free Britney movement has been heating up among fans who believe in a conspiracy theory that the pop star is being held ‘hostage’ by her caretakers.
They’ve been calling for the Toxic crooner to be released from her conservatorship through online petitions, social media posts and even some in-person protests.
The frenzy reached a fever pitch over the weekend, when a legion of her fans became convinced that her recent social media videos were old and being shared by her team to try to ‘fake’ that she is okay.
That prompted Spears to post a date stamped photo to assuage the concerned fans and show she isn’t locked up and still has access to her phone.
‘Just so you guys know these aren’t old … check the date at the top of the 2nd pic!!!!’ she wrote in the caption.
‘The fact you need to post the date to prove she’s real looks really suspicious…we all know someone’s running the account,’ wrote one person who wasn’t placated by the attempt.
Earlier in August, Britney’s dad Jamie called the Free Britney movement ‘a joke’ in an interview with PageSix.
‘All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything,’ he said. ‘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.’
Spears’ conservatorship is currently under review by a judge and it has been costing her a pretty penny.
Her spending habits were documented in papers obtained by E! News and they revealed she paid her team of advisers and attorneys a total of $1,202,504.30 in 2019.
According to the publication her father, Jamie, also earned $128,000 for his role as conservator, despite not actively working in that capacity while he addressed his medical concerns.