LOS ANGELES • Britney Spears on Wednesday failed to remove her father from controlling her business and personal affairs after a Los Angeles court made no immediate changes to her 12-year conservatorship.
The pop star, now 38, had asked for her care manager to permanently replace her father, Mr Jamie Spears, as her conservator. But the closed-door court hearing extended the current arrangements until February next year, according to a court document posted online by fans.
Since her infamous series of public meltdowns in 2008, Spears has lived in California according to a court-approved legal guardianship largely governed by Mr Spears.
Many fans have marched and picketed on her behalf under the slogan #FreeBritney, believing that the artist – who launched to global fame as a teenager – is sending coded messages through her splashy Instagram account begging for help.
But Spears – known for hits including Toxic and …Baby One More Time – and her court-appointed lawyer have until now made little effort to alter the set-up.
On Tuesday, her attorney Samuel Ingham filed court papers to remove her father from the conservatorship's charge, instead naming her care manager Jodi Montgomery – a licensed professional conservator – as its permanent head.
Ms Montgomery has been temporarily overseeing Spears' affairs for nearly a year, as the star's father struggled with health issues.
"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," SpearsRead More – Source