On the May 13, 2018, front page of The New York Times, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Terry Hatter Jr. officially ended Britney Spears’ long-running conservatorship, saying that her ex-husband Kevin Federline and her father Jamie Spears had done an “excellent job.” While Spears’ conservatorship had been in place since 2008, and included so-called “mental health professionals” who were supposed to assist her on a full-time basis, the former singer revealed that her former husband and her father had maintained it due to a lack of “psychological evaluation.” Spears explained that all conversations with Kevin and Jamie were recorded and “no secrets were kept.”
Britney Spears and her father, Kevin Federline, had had a much more difficult relationship than most reported at the time, and their differences were examined extensively at Spears’ Las Vegas show Piece of Me, which they both played in 2016. It also turns out that Britney’s relationship with her mother, Lynne Spears, was only marginally better than the one she had with her father. In May, Britney called her mother an alcoholic, a “drug addict” and an “evil bitch.” Britney said that she was not “sickly jealous” of Kevin and that her marriage to Federline was “a misnomer” at the time. Jamie Spears then told the Associated Press that Britney had suffered “mental illness,” which he explained to be mental illness being “a state of being.”
Attorney Patricia DiMuro represented Britney Spears and had this to say about her termination of the conservatorship:
It is a terribly emotional time for all of us. As I have said on numerous occasions during this entire process, Britney has been devoted to caring for her young children, working on her career and celebrating the vital milestones in her life. The tireless work of Jamie and her father is a testament to how she is doing these things, and as a result, the end of the conservatorship means that these vital roles will be enhanced.
While the conservatorship did allow Britney to keep her name on her children’s birth certificates, she did not have control over their health care, their education, access to their properties, their media appearances or the direction of their estates. While most citizens would take a sigh of relief at an end to what they had deemed to be a difficult arrangement, Lynne Spears, the mother of a young daughter, came to believe that the conservatorship was in her daughter’s best interest — she recently wrote an opinion piece in the Times saying that Britney “deserves the opportunity to age with dignity and freedom.”
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