Britney Spears to break silence on conservatorship in court

Lifestyle Team
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Britney Spears is set to finally break her silence and personally address the Los Angeles court dealing with her long-running conservatorship in June, a has judge agreed.

The 39-year-old has been under a conservatorship since 2008, but rarely takes part in court hearings and has not publicly commented on the legal arrangement where a court-appointed adviser controls her personal and financial affairs, including her medical treatment, security and career.

Britney Spears
Britney Spears is set to address the court. Photo: AP

"My client (Britney Spears) has requested a hearing at which she can address the court directly," the singer's lawyer Samuel Ingham told the court on Tuesday.

"My client has asked that it be done on an expedited basis."

The judge set a June 23 hearing for Britney to speak to the court. It was not known which matters the singer planned to address.

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Her father Jamie Spears was appointed his daughter's conservator in 2008 after the pop star was hospitalised for psychiatric treatment following a widely publicised breakdown.

Britney, who became a teen phenomenon 20 years ago with hits like Baby One More Time and Toxic, made clear last year through her lawyer that she no longer wants her father involved in her affairs.

A previous bid to remove him failed in August 2020 and a hearing on Tuesday on a new request to replace him with someone else was postponed until July without discussion.

Vivian Thoreen, a lawyer for Jamie Spears, said in interviews last month that the pop star had never requested the termination of the legal arrangement.

The pop star has not performed in public since October 2018, though she frequently posts photos and videos of herself dancing at her Los Angeles area home.

In 2019, she pulled out of a Las Vegas concert residency and briefly entered a mental health facility.

The release of a television documentary in February brought new scrutiny to the case and to the #FreeBritney movement started by fans.

What is a conservatorship?

In California where Britney’s guardianship was decided upon, a conservatorship is a legal guardianship where a representative is appointed when a court agrees that an individual cannot make their own decisions.

In Britney's case, it was her father who initially took over her financial assets, her estate and career negotiations. He can even decide who she can and cannot spend time with.

Jamie has attempted to make the conservatorship permanent, saying he believes his daughter suffers from early-onset dementia.

Supporters of the FreeBritney movement rally in support
Supporters of the FreeBritney movement rally in support of musician Britney Spears. Photo: Getty

Britney Spears fans are trying to #FreeBritney

Britney Spears fans have been driving a social media campaign using the hashtag #FreeBritney in an effort to release the singer from the conservatorship she has lived under for more than 12 years.

And now supporters of the FreeBritney movement have been rallying in support of musician Britney Spears following a conservatorship court hearing in Los Angeles, California on April 27, 2021.

Additional reporting by AAP.

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