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Britney Spears’ mother has joined the voices calling for “free” the “princess of pop” from the legal guardianship that her father has over her for more than a decade.
Lynne Spears said this week that her 39-year-old daughter“is able to take care of itself” and that she should have the right to “choose her own lawyer,” a permission that the Los Angeles Superior Court granted the singer on Wednesday.
It is an important step, as it questions the validity of legal guardianship, a mechanism for severely disabled people.
However, many fans of the artist accuse Britney’s mother of having been an accessory to the situation and of not having defended her daughter before.
13 years ago that James (“Jamie”) Parnell Spears, Lynne’s ex-husband, handles personal and financial affairs of her daughter since concerns about Britney’s mental health emerged in 2008 and guardianship was established.
In that time, the American singer has released four albums, has gone on a world tour that grossed $ 131 million and given a series of concerts. In Las Vegas.
“Within the parameters of the guardianship, he has made literally millions of dollars as an international celebrity,” argued Lynn Spears last week in unusual remarks.
Britney says the guardianship has left her “traumatized” and “depressed.”
She has also said that she is “extremely scared” of her father, who she says is a recovering alcoholic.
The artist’s testimony coincides with statements by her mother, who said in her memoirs that her ex-husband is an alcoholic and a womanizer.
Jamie Spears’ attorneys say the man is “concerned” about your daughter’s well-being and they request that the veracity of the singer’s testimony be investigated.
Meanwhile, Lynne Spears says she has “mixed feelings” regarding her daughter’s guardianship.
“I don’t know what to think … there is a lot of pain and worry”, declared in June to New Yorker. And he apologized saying that if another family member found out that a reporter was speaking, they would have to “hang up abruptly.”
But what, then, is Britney’s mother’s position on her daughter’s controversial legal situation and what else does she think about it?
A troubled marriage
Lynne Spears’ attitude towards guardianship and her ex-husband has changed over the years.
Lynne, 66, and Jamie, 68, grew up together in Kentwood, a small town in Louisiana.
They got married in 1975, when she was 21 years old, They had three children: Bryan James (1977), Britney Jean (1981) and Jamie Lynn (1991).
It was a troubled marriage from the beginning.
In 1980 they filed and later withdrew the divorce papers. On 2002 they divorced definitely.
But they resumed the relationship in 2010 and later separated again. And it is not clear if they are still together now.
In his autobiography, Through the storm: a real story of fame and family in a tabloid world (“Through the Storm: A True Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World”), published in 2008, Lynne recounted disturbing details about the man with whom she shared her life.
Said she divorced him “after years and years of verbal abuse, erratic behavior and total abandonment “and that he was an alcoholic, womanizer and controlling.
“I’ve never been agent from Britney “
In her memoirs, Lynne also says that Britney chose her singing lifestyle and that she tried to support her by being a caring and caring mother.
Before Britney rose to world fame, Lynne was a teacher at a kindergarten and her long-term plan was to become a teacher.
“Teaching was perfect for me. One of the great regrets of my life is having given it up in 2000 to go on tour with Britney“, reads his autobiography.
And he continues: “I was never an agent for any of the girls [la hermana de Britney también es cantante y actriz]Although I was paid for a time to work on the Britney fan club and website. “
Lynne tells how she and her ex-husband took their daughter to recitals and dance competitions in different parts of the United States since Britney was 3 years old.
At 16, Britney got a deal to release an album and a teen pop star was born with her world hit, Baby one more time,in 1998.
In 2000, the singer bought her parents a Kentwood mansion valued at more than $ 3 million.
Two years later, her parents divorced. “It was the best thing that could happen to my family,” Britney told the magazine. People.
But his life began to falter. Spears had just broken up with Justin Timberlake and started starring in scandalous nights out. The paparazzi they did not take their eyes off him.
In 2007 the controversial incidents in the press and his admission to a rehabilitation center would arrive. And in 2008 legal guardianship was established that put his father in charge of managing his finances and many of his vital decisions.
Lynn Spears stayed on the sidelines.
For years, Lynne Spears has preferred not to be involved in the guardianship of her daughter, although she has maintained the relationship with her.
On 2019 He appeared in court to try to be part of the guardianship, but the request was rejected. It is unclear what his intentions were.
Lynne Spears has not spoken much in all these years about her daughter’s legal situation.
An anonymous source from Spears’ family told the magazine People who recently decided to take another approach after Britney “I will beg for your help”.
At a public court hearing in November 2020, Lynne supported Britney’s request to remove her father from guardianship.
Through a lawyer, he told the judge that father and daughter have “a toxic relationship”.
“It breaks my heart that things have reached this point. It is time to start from scratch,” he said in a statement.
She also declared that the money her ex-husband collects from her daughter’s fortune is “substantially inappropriate.”
Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’ new attorney, said Wednesday that his first goal is to remove Jamie Spears from the artist’s guardianship.
Britney Spears announced that she wants to sue her father for “abuse.” The singer has not issued a statement about her mother.
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