Britney Spears’ mom Lynne admitted she’s ‘a very concerned mother’ after hearing her daughter’s shocking testimony on Wednesday in her on-going conservatorship battle.
Lynne made the statement through her attorney, Gladstone Jones, hours after her 39-year-old daughter pleaded with judge Brenda Penny to re-evaluate the court order after 13 years under her father’s guidance.
Jones ‘encouraged the judge to listen to Britney’s request to hire her own private attorney and to change her care plan,’ according to Us Weekly.
Looking out: Britney Spears ‘ mom Lynne admitted she’s ‘a very concerned mother’ after hearing her daughter’s shocking testimony on Wednesday in her on-going conservatorship battle (seen in 2000)
Lynne previously expressed doubts about the conservatorship in a recent filing where she demanded $890,000 in legal fees from Jamie’s law firm get paid back to the estate.
She claimed his Holland & Knight law firm did not perform services ‘in good faith for the benefit’ of the Toxic singer and therefore did not deserve ‘utterly excessive’ compensation for bills piled up since October 2020.
Lynne also demanded the court reassess the billing and $224,000 set aside for press communication be ‘immediately repaid’ to her daughter’s estate.
In the shocking testimony, Britney admitted: ‘I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy. It’s a lie. I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.
Lynn’s attorney ‘encouraged the judge to listen to Britney’s request to hire her own private attorney and to change her care plan,’ according to Us Weekly (seen in 2019)
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‘Fake it ’til you make it, but now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m depressed. I cry every day.’
The last time Spears spoke directly to the judge was in May 2019 but the court was closed to the public and her testimony was sealed and details of her mental health have never been disclosed.
Spears said she did not feel she ‘was heard on any level’ the last time she was able to speak to the court in 2019.
‘I want changes and I want changes going forward,’ she said. ‘I deserve changes. I was told I have to sit down and be evaluated, again, if I want to end the conservatorship. Ma’am, I didn’t know I could petition the conservatorship to end it.
‘I’m sorry for my ignorance, but I honestly didn’t know that. But honestly, but I don’t think I owe anyone to be evaluated. I’ve done more than enough. I don’t feel like I should even be in room with anyone to offend me by trying to question my capacity of intelligence, whether I need to be in this stupid conservatorship or not. I’ve done more than enough.’
Spears pleaded with the judge on Wednesday to re-evaluate the conservatorship she’s been under for 13 years, with dad Jamie at the helm of her $60million fortune.
Tough position: Spears pleaded with the judge on Wednesday to re-evaluate the conservatorship she’s been under for 13 years, with dad Jamie at the helm of her $60million fortune
‘I want this conservatorship to end. I truly believe that this conservatorship is abusive,’ she said in a passionate testimony. ‘I want to be able to get married to my boyfriend and have a baby but the conservatorship told me I can’t do that.’
The status hearing did not hear any petitions, meaning that a decision was not asked for. Judge Penny said that she will set a hearing as soon as possible, so that Britney can make her petition.
Her boyfriend, Sam Asghari, a 27-year-old Iranian personal trainer and actor, who she met when he starred in her 2016 video for the song Slumber Party, posted a photo to Instagram shortly before the hearing.
It showed with him in a T-shirt reading: ‘Free Britney’. He has been outspoken against her father, calling him ‘a d***’.
Jamie Spears’ lawyer, Vivian Thoreen – responding to Britney’s attack on her father- told Judge Penny in a two-sentence statement that Jamie ‘is sorry to see his daughter suffering and in so much pain.
She added: ‘Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much.’
A conservatorship is a legal concept whereby a probate court appoints a person to manage an incapacitated person or minor’s financial and personal affairs.
It is often a relative.
The terminology and details vary state-by-state, but the general principals are all similar.
The conservator’s duties include overseeing finances, medical care and living arrangements.
In Britney’s case, the conservators also oversee visitation arrangements with her two teenage sons, who are under the full custody of her ex-husband, Kevin Federline.
It is most frequently used for someone who is severely mentally incapacitated, or suffering from dementia.
Yet in the 13 years of Britney’s conservatorship, she has released four albums – two of them going platinum; appeared as a judge on both The X Factor and American Idol; and had a four-year residency in Las Vegas that reportedly grossed close to $138 million.
The specific details of Britney’s case have not been revealed.
Unless a judge says otherwise, they still retain rights to make certain decisions, according to the California handbook.
They can control salaries they earn, spend an allowance, retain legal representation, vote in elections, get married, draft their own wills, make medical decisions for themselves and ask a judge to terminate conservatorships or replace their guardians.
‘All conservatees have the right to be treated with understanding and respect and to have their wishes considered. They have all basic human rights, as well, and the right to be well cared for by you,’ the California handbook says.
Britney says that she has not had these rights. It is unclear whether this is a violation of her case, or as agreed.
There are two types of conservators: a conservator of the person, who looks after meals, housekeeping, transport, housing and recreation, and a conservator of the estate who manages finances and protects assets.
Sometimes one person can play both roles.
The conservator of the estate must file periodic activities reports by the first year after their appointment and every two years following, until the relationship is terminated.
The estate managers have to disclose asset values, gains and losses, and show receipts for all expenditures of conservatorship funds. They are also prohibited from borrowing money from the conservatee or lending out their cash.
Many countries have similar systems.
In the U.K. it is called a deputyship. In Britain, however, the court will appoint an independent conservator, rather than a family member.