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Britney Spears’ parents, Jamie and Lynne, have each spoken out after the pop superstar delivered an explosive testimony at Wednesday’s conservatorship hearing.
Lynne’s lawyer, Gladstone Jones, said in court on Wednesday that Lynne was a “very concerned mother” after hearing Spears’ passionate remarks asking to end her “abusive” 13-year conservatorship. Spears spoke movingly to the court about having an abusive relationship with her father and being allowed very little freedom in her personal life.
Spears’ conservatorship (a complex legal arrangement that appoints legal guardians for people unable to make their own decisions) was put in place in 2008 after Spears suffered a series of public mental health breakdowns, including high-profile run-ins with the paparazzi.
“Today is the day while the world watches while we listen to Ms. Spears, that we put in place a plan,” Jones’ court statement from Lynne said, according to Vulture. “That is her mother’s request, that we not leave the court without having a plan.”
Jamie, who is divorced from Lynne, also had a lawyer, Vivian Lee Thoreen, present at Wednesday’s hearing. Thoreen read a statement from Jamie after Spears’ testimony, Vulture reports.
“He is sorry to see his daughter in so much pain. Mr. Spears loves his daughter and misses her very much,” Thoreen said, on Jamie’s behalf, in a statement to the court, also per Vulture.
Jamie gained control of Spears’ estate, business decisions, and many parts of her personal life after her conservatorship was approved in Los Angeles in 2008.
After a number of changes over the last decade, he’s currently a co-conservator alongside a third-party financial company, Bessemer Trust, that was selected by Spears and her legal team. Jamie Lynn, Spears’ younger sister, was also named a trustee to Spears’ estate in 2018.
According to the Times report, Spears argued in 2016 that “she feels the conservatorship has become an oppressive and controlling tool against her” and said again three years later that she was “afraid” of her father, according to records obtained by the publication.
She had previously asked a court to end the conservatorship at a hearing in May 2019 but her request was denied.
Spears made several shocking allegations in her bombshell testimony
Continuing to express concern about her conservatorship, Spears compared parts of her life under the conservatorship to “sex trafficking” during the hearing.
“The control [Jamie] had over someone as powerful as me — he loved the control to hurt his own daughter, 100,000%,” Spears said about her father on Wednesday.
“I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking,” Spears continued. “Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them.”
In one of the most shocking revelations from Wednesday’s testimony, Britney said that her conservatorship won’t let her remove her IUD (a highly-effective intrauterine contraceptive device) even though she has expressed interest in having more children (she is mother to sons Sean Preston and Jayden James).
Despite the many restrictions, Spears has continued to have a flourishing career throughout her conservatorship, including multiple albums, a flourishing Las Vegas residency, and several perfume lines. She announced she was taking a break to focus on her mental health in 2019.