Britney Spears’ mother has joined the voices calling for the “release” of the “pop princess” from the legal guard her father has had over her for more than a decade.
Lynne Spears said this week that her 39-year-old daughter “is able to take care of herself” and should have the right to “choose her own lawyer,” a permission the Los Angeles Superior Court granted the singer on Wednesday (14/7).
This is an important step, as it questions the validity of legal custody.
However, many fans of the artist accuse Britney’s mother of having been an accomplice in the situation and of not having defended her daughter before.
Lynne’s ex-husband James (“Jamie”) has been in charge of his daughter’s personal and financial affairs for the past 13 years, ever since concerns over Britney’s mental health surfaced in 2008 and guardianship was established.
During this period, the American singer released four albums, went on a world tour that grossed US$131 million (R$670 million), in addition to a series of concerts in Las Vegas.
“Within the parameters of guardianship, she literally made millions of dollars as an international celebrity,” argued Lynn Spears last week.
Britney says the guardianship left her “traumatized” and “depressed”.
She also said she is “extremely scared” of her father, whom she describes as a recovering alcoholic.
The artist’s statement coincides with statements from her mother, who, in her memoirs, portrayed her ex-husband as an alcoholic and a womanizer.
Jamie Spears’ lawyers claim, however, that he is “concerned” for his daughter’s well-being. They also requested that the truth of the singer’s testimony be investigated.
Meanwhile, Lynne Spears says she has “mixed feelings” about her daughter’s custody.
“I don’t know what to think… there’s a lot of pain and worry,” she told New Yorker magazine in June. And he apologized by saying that if another family member knew he was talking to a reporter, he would have to “abruptly hang up.”
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 toward custody 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 were 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 start.
In 1980, they started divorce proceedings. More than 20 years later, in 2002, they divorced permanently.
But the couple resumed their relationship in 2010 and then broke up again. And it’s not clear if the two are still together now.
In her 2008 autobiography, Through the Storm: A True Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World, Lynne recounted disturbing details about the man she shared her life with.
She said she divorced him “after years and years of verbal abuse, erratic behavior and total abandonment” and that he was an alcoholic, womanizing and controlling.
“I was never an agent for Britney”
In her memoirs, Lynne also says that Britney chose her lifestyle as a singer and that she tried to support her by being an understanding and caring mother.
Before Britney achieved worldwide fame, Lynne was a kindergarten teacher and her long-term plan was to become a teacher for older students.
“I loved teaching. One of the biggest regrets in my life is giving it up in 2000 to go on tour with Britney,” says her autobiography.
She continues: “I was never an agent for any of the girls [a irmã de Britney também é cantora e atriz], although I was paid for a while to work on Britney’s fan club and website.”
Lynne tells how she and her ex-husband have taken their daughter to recitals and dance competitions in different parts of the United States since Britney was three.
At age 16, Britney struck a deal to release an album in 1998.
The track ‘Baby One More Time’ proved a huge hit, both in the US and abroad: a teenage pop star was born there.
In 2000, the singer bought her parents a mansion in Kentwood worth more than $3 million.
Two years later, they divorced. “It was the best thing that could happen to my family,” Britney told People magazine.
But if in the professional field, Spears’ career was going full steam, in the personal field, she was showing the first signs of emotional exhaustion.
The singer ended her relationship with fellow singer Justin Timberlake and began to star in scandals. Everywhere she went, Spears was accompanied by paparazzi.
In 2007, the singer made newspaper headlines by shaving her head and attacking a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella. At the same time, she was admitted to a rehabilitation center for drug addicts.
A year later, her father won in court the right to manage Spears’ finances as well as many of the decisions in her life. Therefore, he won his curatorship.
Lynn Spears was left out.
For years, Spears’ mother chose not to be involved in her daughter’s custody, although she remained close to her.
In 2019, she went to court to try to be part of the trusteeship, but the request was rejected. It is not clear what his intentions were.
Lynne Spears hasn’t said much in all these years about her daughter’s legal status.
An anonymous source in Spears’ family told People magazine that she recently decided to take another approach after Britney “begged her for help.”
At a public hearing in November 2020, Lynne supported Britney’s request to remove her father from the agreement of her custody.
Through a lawyer, she told the judge that father and daughter have “a toxic relationship.”
“It breaks my heart that things have reached this point. It’s time to start from scratch,” she said in a statement.
Lynne also declared that the money her ex-husband raises from her daughter’s fortune is “substantially inappropriate.”
Mathew Rosengart, Britney Spears’ new lawyer, said last Wednesday (14/7) that his first goal is to remove Jamie Spears as her daughter’s guardian.
Britney Spears has announced that she wants to sue her father for “abuse”. The singer has not issued a statement about her mother.