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Britney Spears hasn’t legally controlled her life and fortune in 12 years.
The conservatorship — a legal guardianship typically enacted for those incapable of making their own decisions — was approved by the court in 2008 after Spears had several public mental breakdowns. The arrangement put her estate, financial assets, and some personal assets under the control of her father and a lawyer.
Earlier in August, Spears asked for her father to be removed as sole conservator of her estate, according to court documents. However, after a hearing on August 19, the judge opted to extend the conservatorship in its current form through February 1 of next year.
Since its implementation, the conservatorship has generated a lot of controversy among Spears’ fans. Some think she’s being controlled and manipulated, which has fueled the #FreeBritney movement. But those close to Spears have told several media outlets over the years that the conservatorship is meant to help the pop icon and that she is very involved in business decisions.
But a new court filing revealed that Spears wants her future court hearings open to the public, reported Natalie Morin for Refinery29. Her lawyer wrote that the #FreeBritney movement is “far from being a conspiracy theory.”
A representative for Spears didn’t immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment on this story.
Here’s a look inside the complex arrangement that is Spears’ conservatorship.
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In the late 2000s, Britney Spears had several highly publicized mental breakdowns.
During this time, Spears was spotted driving her SUV with her son Sean on her lap and not strapped in a car seat. She also famously shaved her head and was seen hitting a photographer’s car with an umbrella.
In 2008, Spears made several trips to rehab and was committed twice to a psychiatric hospital — also known as a 5150 hold in California, where Spears lives, Laura Newberry reported for the Los Angeles Times. Newberry spent three months examining Spears’ conservatorship.
This tumultuous period led to Spears’ court-approved conservatorship, which was implemented at the end of 2008.
Her father, Jamie Spears, petitioned for an emergency “temporary conservatorship” after Britney’s second psychiatric hold, Newberry reported.
A conservatorship is also known as a legal guardianship. It’s granted to those who are incapable of making decisions, such as people with mental disabilities and those with dementia. Law experts told Newberry a conservatorship was “unusual for someone as young and productive as Spears.”
Under the conservatorship, Spears has no control over financial or personal decisions. That power was granted to her father and her attorney.
Jamie Spears was granted oversight of her estate and health, which involves everything from negotiating business opportunities to restricting visitors, while …read more
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