Britney Spears’ father agrees to step down as her conservator

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Britney Spears' father Jamie Spears has agreed to step down from his long time role as conservator of his daughter's estate, the star's lawyer confirmed on Thursday.

The pop star has been in court trying to have her father removed from her conservatorship. He has controlled her affairs since she suffered a mental health breakdown in 2008.

"We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed," Britney's lawyer Mathew Rosengart said in a statement.

Britney Spears
Britney Spears has been under a conservatorship since 2008. Photo: Getty

Her father Jamie’s legal team said in a court filing obtained by TMZ that he would be stepping down because the “public battle” that is ongoing is not in his daughter’s “best interests”, although the team insisted the “attacks” against Jamie are “unjustified”.

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The filing read: “There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate … and it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests.

“Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests. 

"So, even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.”

Britney – whose personal affairs are handled by Jodi Montgomery – previously spoke out in court to claim her father should be “in jail” for putting her through what she called a “traumatic” conservatorship which left her “depressed”.

Spears called the conservatorship “abusive,” and condemned her father and the others who have controlled it.

“I want to end this conservatorship without being evaluated,” Spears said in a long, emotional and sometimes profane speech, in which she condemned the legal arrangement and her father, who has controlled it for most of its existence.

"I'm traumatised," she said, speaking remotely.

"This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good.

“I deserve to have a life.

"My dad and anyone involved in this conservatorship, including my management … they should be in jail."

'Free Britney' demonstration in Los Angeles, CA.
'Free Britney' demonstrators have been outside the court in LA. Photo: AP

The 39-year-old also detailed that she isn’t allowed to have a baby or marry her boyfriend because of the conservatorship.

“I've lied and told the whole world I'm OK and I'm happy,” she continued.

“It's a lie. I thought that maybe if I said it enough, I would maybe become happy because I've been in denial. I've been in shock. I am traumatised. I'm so angry it's insane. And I'm depressed."

Taking to social media one day after her powerful testimony, Britney also expressed regret for pretending to be happy online when she was hurting inside.

The ‘Toxic’ hitmaker is seeking to have a certified public accountant take over as the conservator of her estate, real estate, and health care decisions.

Additional reporting by Bang Showbiz.

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