Britney Spears‘ conservatorship has come to an end.
#FreeBritney is no longer a rallying cry for activists: It’s now official. Britney Spears‘ conservatorship, which has regulated her money, personal life, and medical choices since 2008 and had been controlled for many years by her father, Jamie Spears, was dissolved Friday afternoon in a Los Angeles courtroom. The conservatorship of Spears’ person and estate is “no longer needed, effective immediately,” according to Judge Brenda Penny.
The singer has stated that she disguised her genuine sentiments about the situation for the majority of her time under conservatorship, but she began speaking out publicly this summer, asking for the legal arrangement to be removed.
The conservatorship was divided into two parts: the conservatorship of Spears’ estate, which oversaw all of her income and financial choices, and the conservatorship of Spears’ person, which oversaw her well-being and health. Jamie Spears‘ conservatorship over her estate was halted in late September after the singer accused her father of abusing her. Since then, her estate has been placed in the conservatorship of a certified public accountant named John Zabel, who will stay on for a short time to transfer her assets into her trust. Jodi Montgomery, a registered personal fiduciary and care professional, has been Britney Spears‘ conservator since 2019.
The singer and her lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, had requested that the conservatorship be terminated with no further medical or psychiatric tests of Spears, which the court granted.
Montgomery expressed her want for Spears to enjoy a “safe, happy, and meaningful life” in court on Friday.
Following that, Spears, who was not present at the hearing and did not phone in, commented on Twitter: “I guess I’m going to weep for the rest of the day!!! The best day ever.”
Still, the singer’s feud with her father is far from ended. Rosengart demanded depositions of Jamie Spears and files relating to the alleged monitoring of Britney Spears, which The New York Times revealed in a September documentary, in a court filing last week. Rosengart has also recruited forensic accountants to investigate how the older Spears handled his daughter’s money during the conservatorship.
Spears’ case has shed focus on the complex problems surrounding conservatorship, which is often utilised for elderly persons and people with substantial impairments. Activists believe that such legislative constraints are open for misuse or that they hinder the civil rights of conservatees. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have taken advantage of the spotlight surrounding Britney Spears to advocate for reforms.