Britney Spears’ father has spoken out against the #FreeBritney campaign, describing the anger directed at him as “a joke” and insisting that the outside world does not understand his daughter’s fragile mental state.
Jamie Spears, 68, has been the legal guardian of his 38-year-old daughter since her split 12 years ago, which made headlines around the world.
The arrangement has always been controversial among some fans, who believe it is used to manipulate and control the pop icon.
The singer is worth at least $ 59 million, according to court documents filed in 2018.
Britney Spears, 38, has her $ 59 million fortune controlled by her father since 2008
Spears was removed from his guardian duties in September, after asking the court to release him for health reasons. Her care manager, Jodi Pais Montgomery, is now her conservator and the arrangement has been extended until at least August 22.
As that date approaches, calls are escalating to #FreeBritney.
Singer’s dad Jamie Spears says people don’t understand his daughter
More than 130,000 people have signed a petition asking the White House to respond – the administration must respond to any petition with more than 100,000 signatories.
A separate change.org petition to investigate its guardianship has been signed by 105,000 people.
“All these conspiracy theorists don’t know anything,” Spears told The New York Post.
“The world has no idea.
“It’s up to the California court to decide what’s best for my daughter. It is no one’s business.
Spears angrily denied long-standing rumors that he or someone else was framing money on the singer’s estate.
“I have to report every penny I spend in court every year,” he said. “How the hell could I steal something?”
He said the strength of the campaign’s emotion was on him and people were making death threats.
The singer’s 25.9 million Instagram fans examine every post, reading signs of distress and entrapment in every gesture.
“It’s horrible,” he said. “We don’t want those kinds of fans.
Campaign for #FreeBritney gathers momentum ahead of August 22 hearing in his case
Protesters gathered outside the Los Angeles courthouse on July 22, ahead of a hearing in his case
Fans of the singer assume she is being manipulated by her father – which he denies
Spears added, “I love my daughter. I adore all of my children. But that’s our business. It’s private.’
Celebrities have started to join the “campaign”.
Last year at a concert in Memphis, Miley Cyrus was heard shouting “Free Britney” while singing her hit “Party in the USA”, which made her scream in the lyrics.
In January, Cher believed that the singer’s abuse was “possible”.
“Just enough medicine to keep working, but not enough to have a life,” she wrote.
The #FreeBritney crusaders lined social media with posts, claiming to show that Spears claimed her daughter had dementia in 2008, and that Spears and the star’s business manager, Lou Taylor of Tri Star Sports and Management, turned away from her.
Petition to #FreeBritney has now garnered nearly 104,000 signatures demanding his ‘release’
From left: Jamie Spears, Britney Spears, her brother Bryan Spears and her mother Lynne at the Palms Home Poker Host software launch party held in Las Vegas in 2006
Lately, Britney’s camp has started fighting back.
Taylor recently settled in with #FreeBritney supporter Bryan Kuchar after he sued him last year for creating websites that called Taylor the “brain controlling the pop star.”
An insider said that while Jamie is “not perfect” he “really stood up for Britney”.
“It’s not at all a guardianship like you read for the elderly,” the insider said.
“It protects her in a way that people like Michael Jackson were unprotected, from themselves and from others.
“She’s been able to perform all this time because that’s where she’s happiest.
“When she’s on her own, that’s where the problems start. She has serious problems.
In April 2019, the singer responded to concerns on Instagram, saying, “Don’t believe everything you read and hear. “
The pop singer addressed the rumors in an Instagram post to her 25 million fans last year
Jamie Spears, pictured in 2004, has suffered from health issues for a year
The Mississippi-born, Louisiana-raised singer rose to fame at age 17 with her debut single, “Baby One More Time.”
Her first eyebrow raising behavior was in 2004, when she married a childhood friend on a whim and got an annulment 55 hours later.
Concern rose in 2006, after her marriage to dancer Kevin Federline and the birth of their eldest son, Sean.
Children’s Services have checked the family on several occasions, including after the baby fell from a high chair and was seen in a vehicle in Britney’s lap rather than in a car seat.
The following year was a whirlwind of disordered television appearances; divorce two months after the birth of her second son with Federline, Jayden; and a series of paparazzi photos of Britney partying with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.
Then, in early 2007, Britney checked in and quickly left rehab, showed up at a beauty salon in Los Angeles, shaved her hair, and attacked a paparazzo’s car with an umbrella.
She returned to rehab and lost custody of her children to Federline.
His father got the role of curator in 2008.
Last year, Spears was accused of physically abusing her oldest son during an argument, prompting Federline to order a restraining order against the boy’s grandfather.
A police report obtained by Us Weekly detailed an August 24, 2019 incident involving Spears and Sean. No charges have been laid.